Monday, 18 November 2019 | 23:07 WIB

Universitas Indonesia Students Create Makara 08 Mark II Undersea Robot

Universitas Indonesia Students Create Makara 08 Mark II Undersea Robot (amvui)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A number of Universitas Indonesia (UI) students who are members of the Autonomous Marine Vehicle Team UI (AMV UI) have won first place at the ASEAN level competition for their breakthrough in making Makara 08 Mark II robot.

Makara 08 Mark II robot is an underwater robot that can be used to identify victims of sinking ships, search for sinking property debris, facilitate the process of inspection of ship hulls, and other jobs that are difficult and risky if carried out by humans.
 
"Makara 08 Mark II robot is an underwater robot capable of diving with a depth of five meters and can last for 30 minutes. This robot can be assigned to inspect underwater/sea conditions, and can describe the conditions inside it," explained AMV UI Chairman Alif Hikmah Fikri.

To be known, the competition event which was followed was named The 3rdASEAN MATE Underwater Robot Competition which took place on 4-5 May 2019 in Surabaya. With this victory, the AMV UI team directly represented Indonesia and the ASEAN Regional level to compete in the International MATE ROV Competition at Kingsport Tennessee, USA, in the coming day.

In the tournament, the Makara 08 Mark II Robot successfully completed reservoir and repair inspection missions, research waterways, and detected miniature prehistoric cannons and measured the diameter, volume, and weight of the cannon before being raised to the surface of the water.
 
The advantages of this UI student robot, including the ability to image processing automatically, making it easier for pilots to identify underwater biota. In addition, image processing also makes it easy to find a crack in the pipeline and automatically measures the size of the crack.

"This robot also has a temperature and pH sensor and has a truster position which makes it easier for pilots to tilt the ROV position so that it can change the orientation of the camera quickly," Alif said.
 
Alif who is a 2016 Shipping Engineering student also shared his experiences during the competition. Alif said the tournament was a place to prove that students were also able to create an innovation and were able to answer the industry's need for unmanned technology.

"By developing a Makara 08 Mark II Robot we are not only tested in terms of elaborating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), but also must be able to see in terms of entrepreneurship, where our products must be able to meet market needs," he said .

Furthermore, Alif added, AMV UI is confident that it can compete and complete race missions when competing in the United States. He wanted to show that the Indonesian team was able to outperform the world's leading campuses in this prestigious competition.
 
To be known, this international level tournament is held by Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE), which is an event to compete with students' innovative work relating to the Remotely Operation Vehicle (ROV) which can be underwater robots or also known as underwater vehicles operated remotely .

The AMV UI team consists of 25 UI students who come from a variety of disciplines, including Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.