In June 2022, DynaMITE had been running for nine months, triggering a short progress review.

We were happy to report to our funding body that the project was broadly on track. In terms of the technical deliverables:

Development of a faster scanning laser had started. An initial delay on sourcing the required Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) needed for analyzing FSI signals had eased as the GPUs had been delivered  – the delay was caused by the global semiconductor shortage caused by COVID-19. An internal literature review of ways to improve FSI speed had been prepared and partners had been assisting each other with integration of photogrammetry systems into the frequency scanning interferometer prototypes. Additionally,  a staff member had been registered for a PhD in the topic of photogrammetry. A photogrammetry system had been extended to track tens of 6DoF objects and was currently being tested with multiple robot end effectors, tools and snake robot segments on a common datum. Camera trigger signals had been split out to enable groups of cameras to be triggered at different rates that are multiples of each other. Currently roof mounted cameras were being triggered at 5 fps and floor mounted cameras at 25 fps. A third, higher, frame rate was to be added as work  matures with the aim of achieving 100 fps . An online meeting had taken place and discussions resulted in a plan for hosting a visit at one partner in September 2022 to undertake a joint measurement campaign.  Working had commended on the design of 6DoF targets that are compatible with several measuring instruments). Work that ultimately targets a guidance document on Expression of Uncertainty in Dynamic Coordinate Measurements had been brought forwards and started. The optical design of a fast self-tracking interferometer had been developed and major components had been acquired, as well as work started on the software for the multilateration analysis.

In the first 9 months were had achieved:

  • 2 peer reviewed open access publications
  • 1 conference presentation accepted (for CMSC, Jul 2022)
  • 2 examples of end user uptake (1 delivered, 1 underway)
  • 3 unofficial collaborators (SIOS Messtechnik, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, University of South Wales)

The project has continued and is now preparing for the M18 (half-way point) progress review.