[RANGER] Changes to ROV after technical documentation submitted

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M3579
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[RANGER] Changes to ROV after technical documentation submitted

Post by M3579 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:52 pm

Hi everyone,
We were wondering to what extent we are allowed to modify/add new systems/remove systems from the ROV after we have submitted out technical documentation. While we are assuming that we can't add systems that would have required documentation that we did not submit (e.g. adding image recognition if we did not submit image recognition documentation), are there are other MATE-defined limits to what we can do (assuming we notify the engineering presentation judges of the changes that we make)?

A related question is will we be deducted points if we say in our technical report that our ROV is able to do a certain task, or has certain safety features, etc. but we change the design in such a manner that those statements are not true at the time of the competition?

Thank you,
M3579

Matthew Gardner
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Re: [RANGER] Changes to ROV after technical documentation submitted

Post by Matthew Gardner » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:38 pm

You may continue to work and modify your ROV after submitting technical documentation. You should not add any major systems, or make major changes to a system on your vehicle after submitting technical documentation, but you may continue to make small improvements and additions.

Note that anything you add after submitting documentation should 100% comply with all safety specifications. One of the things we at MATE use your documentation for is to look for potential safety issues and let you know of these issues before arriving on competition day. That means anything you add later will not be looked at and may not pass safety inspection.


You will not be deducted points if you cannot complete a task you said you could in the technical manual. Your technical manual is scored on what is in it, not how your vehicle performs or operates at the competition. Safety is important however (the most important part of the MATE competition) so make sure your vehicle is still safe on competition day. If not, you may 1) lose points on your safety check, or 2) not be allowed to compete.

Good luck.

Matthew Gardner
MATE ROV Competition

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