Navy seeks to save money through more automated vessel maintenance
Drones will inspect ships, then AI tools will use the images they capture to identify maintenance needs, especially areas of rust and corrosion, to help engineers prioritize which repairs should be done first. . The technology can also reduce the time it takes for a ship to stay in a shipyard for repairs.
Over time, as machine learning models are refined, the Navy may be able to predict when and where rust might occur. To do this, technology partners will likely need to incorporate “additional Navy assets, data sets, sensors and integration with Navy systems,” a Google Cloud spokesperson told Nextgov.
“The AI technology behind this has allowed the US Navy to quickly and transparently review tens of thousands of images to prioritize needs for immediate and / or later repair,” Mike told Breaking Defense. Daniels, vice president of global public sector for Google Cloud. .
The overall objective of the program is to help the Navy reduce the labor and material costs of inspections and make ship repairs more efficient. Navy corrosion experts will work with technology partners to “properly label images as they are ingested to ensure the model is driven accurately,” Nextgov reports.
“The tools we provide can not only save the Navy billions each year, but dramatically improve readiness and accelerate deployment,” Daniels told Breaking Defense. “And it’s physical labor right now. We improve the results of inspectors.
Google will provide the Navy with its AutoML Cloud product suite, which automates machine learning and provides software developers with limited experience with the tools they need to build machine learning models.
The project is unlikely to raise national security concerns. “There is no classified data that will be processed as part of this project,” Daniels told Breaking Defense, noting that Google offers “a high level of protection for images stored in its cloud by default,” according to the publication.
Predictive maintenance that leverages the cloud is of great interest across the Department of Defense. Dell partners with Microsoft’s cloud / edge-based Azure platform and works with Air Force, Marines, and Army Special Forces on predictive maintenance and logistics. IBM is also working with the DOD on predictive vehicle maintenance.
FedScoop adds, “Other components of the DOD, such as the Joint AI Center, have prioritized building predictive maintenance models to reduce the huge DOD sustainment budget.
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