Kevin McTiernan, Olaleke Anthony Akisanmi and Omar Salem Alani build a small scale drilling robot as part of their master project. Photo:IRIS
- Learned more than theory
30.06.2016Kevin McTiernan, Olaleke Anthony Akisanmi and Omar Salem Alani build a small scale drilling robot as part of their master project. They sum up the process as tedious, but quiet fun work.
Since January the three MSc-students from the University of Stavanger (UiS) have planned, built, programmed and tested. Half a year and countless hours later the result is a drilling robot build from scratch.
Good learning process
In the search for a master project, building a robot sounded the most interesting.
- We wanted to work hands on, and on this project we get to play around with hardware and build something, says McTiernan.
The robot is built at IRIS, and data is used in their master thesis. The practical aspect of the project in addition to writing their master thesis, mean they've gained both theoretical and practical experiences.
- Most fellow students only write theory. We are lucky to have a broader perspective, they say.
First UiS team in Drillbotics competition
The robot is built to meet the guidelines in the Drillbotics International Student Competition
, where the main goal was to build a robot which is able to drill through a rock.
In last week in May, an in-country competition was setup, where the first team from Stavanger participated with university of Agder, through their supervisor Eric Cayeux.
- Even though we didn’t win, it was great to participate. We had loads of help from Eric and Robert, they say.