LGH was honored to partner with RoboNation to provide equipment to lower student subs into the water for the 25th annual RoboSub competition at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center natatorium this year.
RoboNation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on educational experiences that empower students to find solutions to global challenges. RoboSub, an international student robotic submarine building competition, is a part of their initiative.
RoboSub was established in 1998 to simultaneously challenge students and advance the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) field. Each year, the competition unites teams worldwide to design and build robotic submarines, otherwise known as AUVs.
RoboSub competitors tackle basic challenges in the design of ocean systems — while gaining experience designing, building, and testing AUVs. This year, 39 teams and more than 40 AUVs from 11 countries participated in the competition.
The event, which spanned six days from July 27 – August 2, had the AUVs perform six tasks on four courses. The behaviors demonstrated by student AUVs during the competition mimic real-world systems currently deployed across the globe for underwater exploration, seafloor mapping, and sonar localization purposes.
The equipment LGH provided was utilized as a non-permanent solution for lowering the fully autonomous subs into the practice pools and onto the competition course.
LGH Northeast Regional Manager Bill Corne, who was centrally involved in the sponsorship, wrote, “Thanks to RoboNation for letting us be a part of this, and for all their organization does to support and foster education and engineering ingenuity.”
Other key members from LGH involved in the sponsorship coordination included Tommy Purdum, Regional Rental Representative, and Dan Sierzega, Rental Desk Support Specialist.
Equipment supplied by LGH included 2 mobile floor crane, an electric winch, wire rope, and a 1T hand chain hoist.
LGH is the United States’ largest single organization devoted exclusively to providing lifting and moving equipment for rent. With over 70,000 pieces, LGH holds the most comprehensive inventory for hoisting, rigging, jacking, pulling, material handling, and safety equipment. Our lifting equipment is available for rent from 23 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and our customers are supported by over 50 Rental Representatives nationwide.
RoboNation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower students to find innovative solutions to global issues. They do this by providing opportunities for students worldwide to participate in challenging hands-on educational experiences. Their organization oversees nine+ student competitions and programs and engages more than 250,000 students per year.