Contract for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Marport has been awarded a contract valued at approximately CAD1 million to supply its SQX-1 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to an international geodetic survey company. Karl Kenny, CEO of Marport said that no work in the offshore industry can proceed efficiently without proper subsea survey information. From initial surveys, through to the commissioning of offshore installations and pipelines, survey data is the critical link between the various pieces of a complex infrastructure.     Marport's SQX-1 AUV is a hydro-dynamically stable platform designed for reliable performance and low life-cycle cost. Employing a propulsion and control system based on thrust vectoring,... (read more)
2009-07-08 01:27:48

Endurance Record for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

During a mission in the Northeast Pacific, Seaglider 144 propelled itself for 292 days, covering 5,528km (3,435 miles) through the water, more than half the pole to equator distance (or about the distance between Boston and Paris). The scientific objectives of the mission were to continuously sample ocean properties, including salinity, temperature, density, dissolved oxygen concentration (by two methods), chlorophyll-a, and turbidity to 1000 metres depth in repeat surveys of the environs of Ocean Station P (50W). Operating independently, without any intervention from its operators for repair or cleaning, Seaglider 144 averaged a speed of just over .75km per hour... (read more)
2010-05-06 09:40:21

Swire Seabed Orders HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that Swire Seabed of Bergen, Norway has ordered a HUGIN AUV System configured for commercial survey applications. The Swire Seabed HUGIN AUV System is rated to 4,500 metres and equipped with Kongsberg Maritime’s HISAS 1032 Synthetic Aperture Sonar and EM2040 multibeam echosounder. Other payload sensors integrated in the Swire Seabed HUGIN AUV include the CathX Ocean 48.5-degree field of view still image camera and laser profiler, a sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer and turbidity sensor. To make the best use of the extensive payload sensor suite, the Swire Seabed HUGIN also includes Kongsberg Maritime’s automatic pipeline tracking solution,... (read more)
2019-01-18 11:37:07

A View of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market

For a number of years now the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been the undisputed tool of choice for certain niche underwater applications, but with growing acceptance the AUV has now become an established solution for the subsea survey community.  The following review explores these uses and aims to summarise the latest industry trends. For those unfamiliar with AUVs, it is a robotic platform that operates underwater and is typically powered by batteries and it has no physical link to the surface. The missions undertaken by AUVs are typically pre-programmed and the AUV is capable of carrying multiple sensors which... (read more)
2013-04-02 03:07:37

Growth in Maritime Industry to Drive Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market

The autonomous underwater vehicle market is expected to be valued at US$371.3 in 2019. During the course of the forecast period (2018–2027), the market is expected to register a CAGR of over 6%, according to a recently launched report on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) market by Market Research, a research and consulting firm. AUVs are generally used in aquaculture systems for a variety of underwater tasks such as tank water monitoring in fish farming. Aquaculture production has been increasing rapidly, making fish farming one of the fastest growing industrial sectors across the world. This has been significantly contributing to the growth... (read more)
2019-06-25 09:00:26

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase

The eighth Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase took place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, from 27th to 28th September 2006. Although modest in size compared, for example, to OI-London, the UUVS attracted many interested in AUVs, ROVs and related industry. Conference The UUVS is more or less conference driven. Some forty exhibitors, 78 registered delegates and 550 registred visitors attended. Conference provided an update on progress in the rapid developments in this field. All twenty papers were invited by the organising committee, which had a great influence on quality and theme. Subjects highlighted developments in the commercial use of vehicles,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

INSTALL Develops Autonomous Surface Vehicle

INSTALL srl, Italy, has just been awarded an agreement for the supply of its autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) on behalf of public authorities, environmental associations and universities. The vehicle is to carry out environmental surveys, profiling the water column with a multi-parametric probe with the purpose of examining its interactions with the underwater volcanic phenomena in the Gulf of Naples. The ASV system, developed and built by INSTALL, is able to carry out missions in full autonomy, without the intervention of the operator. The ASV is equipped with a high-accuracy satellite positioning system (GNSS) and with a high-resolution camera able... (read more)
2016-05-25 10:06:38

Navoceano Orders Autonomous Surface Vehicle

The US Naval Oceanographic Office ordered an autonomous surface vehicle for hydrographic surveys (single-beam bathymetry and side-scan sonar imaging) and water quality sampling (CTD and transmissometer) operations. Seafloor Systems Inc. here was awarded the contract by the Navy to provide an operational prototype of the hydrographic unmanned surface craft (HUSCy) in support of unmanned hydrographic survey programs. HUSCy was developed with SeaRobotics Corp. as an alternative to costly and complex AUVs and is capable of up to 20 hours of sustained operation. (read more)
2005-01-28 12:00:00

First Commercial Autonomous Inspection Vehicle

Subsea 7 has completed the design and build of the first Commercial Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV), a technology which has the potential to revolutionise Life-of-Field projects. The company has an ambitious plan to develop a series of Autonomous Inspection Vehicles (AIV), initially capable of general visual inspection, through to fully capable work-class sized intervention vehicles. A combined project team comprising hardware developers and operational personnel from Subsea 7 and Seebyte has been working together to deliver the first vehicle.   The design and build of the vehicle is complete and successful progress through inwater trialling and commissioning phase is underway.... (read more)
2011-05-06 12:00:00

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

A View of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market in 2016
This last year has seen an increase in Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) sales and prospects for new sales. The lower than usual oil price may be responsible for much of that growth. Faced with operating in an increasingly harsh market where cost efficiencies can be the difference between success or failure for a business, Oil and Gas companies have had to look for ways to operate profitably. This often means a fairly radical restructure of their business and operations. Survey class AUVs offer a level of technical and operational maturity at a price point that encourages their use by oil... (read more)
2016-07-26 11:26:42
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