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The Unmanned System: A New Menace to the Hydrographic Surveyor Profession?

The evolution of hydrographic surveying technology has been moving in a very fast pace over the last decade. The introduction of the unmanned systems such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs), Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) and Marine Drones have tremendously changed the landscape of the bathymetry surveying industry. Recently, most of these systems have been accepted and widely used in hydrographic fields. Ap... (read more)