Q: Will the pipe be laying horizontally, or may it be standing vertically?
A: The pipe will lie flat on the floor horizontally.
Q: Will corrosion be exclusive to the inside of the pipe, or will the outside also need to be inspected?
A: The exterior of the pipe will not be included in the inspection.
Q: Are there any official size restrictions that are placed on the robot we build?
A: There is no minimum or maximum size for any system being designed.
Q: We interpreted the rules to say that the robot can be wired and therefore controlled remotely by the team ("The system can be controlled and maneuvered inside the fixed structure using any means other than human. It is not required to be wireless and can include cables.”, p. 7) but reviewing the USDASC competition website we noted that in the “About” section it reads "have developed 25 different drones, robots, and other autonomous devices to detect corrosion in hard-to-access areas” - is it desired that the robot be autonomous or are we permitted to pilot it remotely via cables?
A: The robot can be piloted with or without cables. It just needs to move without someone physically touching it with their hands.
Q: My team and I have been studying the new testing structure and we were hoping you could elaborate a bit on the distribution and dimensional constraints (such as the 3" maximum height) of the obstacles that will be placed inside the structure.
A: The maximum height of any obstacle will be 3” and there will not be another obstacle near it that would decrease the diameter any more than that.
Q: We had a question regarding the time allocation for testing in the structure and data analysis. The rules for the competition state that "Each team may use this 60 minutes as it chooses but the inspection must not exceed 45 minutes. For example, if a team completes its inspection in 25 minutes, it may use up to 35 minutes to tabulate its results." Therefore, we wanted to clarify that it would be acceptable to simultaneously test the structure and analyze the data that is being recorded instead of allocating specific amounts oftime strictly for testing and data analysis.
A: To clarify, teams may simultaneously inspect the structure and tabulate its results however, the inspection cannot exceed 45 minutes and the device must be removed from the structure at the conclusion of that 45 minute time allotment.The remaining time can be used in any manner that is helpful to the teams to prepare its results for the judges.