Inception Class USV to Be Launched

During Ocean Business 2017, Swathe Systems will be presenting the new Inception Class Mark II unmanned surface vehicle (USV). It will also be demonstrated in on-water demos during the event, which is taking place from 4-6 April 2017 in Southampton, UK. Alongside this USV there will also be equipment demonstrations of the Merlin marine mobile laser scanner from Renishaw and singlebeam sonar equipment from CEE HydroSystems. BeamWorX will be giving a demonstration of their fully automated multibeam echosounder patch test calculator ‘AutoPatch’ as well as their cleaning and validating software ‘AutoClean’ at noon on Wednesday 5 April.  Interested professionals are... (read more)
2017-03-21 08:54:38

CEESCOPE-USV Echosounder for Remote Hydrographic Surveying

CEE HydroSystems has announced the release of a singlebeam echosounder survey system, designed specifically for the growing number of shallow-water unmanned surface vehicle (USV) survey applications using both commercially-available and custom-manufactured remotely operated boats. The CEESCOPE-USV is an echosounder, GNSS and broadband radio telemetry package that can be installed on practically any remotely operated boat. As an entirely self-contained module requiring no interface with the USV, challenges of instrument data integration on the vehicle are minimised or eliminated. Rigorous data handling eliminates latency concerns resulting from radio transmission to the shore, and the CEESCOPE-USV brings a clear separation between the... (read more)
2016-06-13 10:26:25

First USV-supported Cable Route Survey

ASV Global and TerraSond have completed their first ever seabed cable route survey supported by an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The survey route included various water depths and strong currents, while facing difficult wind and sea conditions in the Bering Sea offshore Alaska. The project was mobilised immediately following a 9,000km nautical charting survey by Terrasond, of which 4,750km (53%) were executed by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). The cable route survey required a new payload including a hull-mounted multibeam sonar, a sub-bottom profiler, and a towed sidescan sonar with 250m of armoured sonar cable. The... (read more)
2017-10-10 11:48:41

CEE-USV Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat

With a purposeful-looking remotely operated hydrographic survey boat package, CEE HydroSystems USA has added a factory-option USV to its shallow-water bathymetry product line. The survey vessel is 1.9m and equipped with a singlebeam echosounder. The key to the CEE approach is to bring all components together; instead of multiple components cabled and connected, the CEE-USV has a single data module presenting a simple user interface. Adrian McDonald of CEE characterises its purpose saying that If the users are aiming for a science project – don’t buy this USV. With a design aimed to minimize the requirement for specific system expertise,... (read more)
2017-02-28 08:51:58

Aquabotix Releases SwarmDiver Micro USV/UUV

Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the US, has launched SwarmDiver, a micro unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that operates in a swarm. Multiple SwarmDivers can function simultaneously as a single coordinated entity, be easily controlled via one operator on the surface, and perform dives on command to collect valuable intelligence. Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s CEO, commented: “This vehicle is a game-changer for both the industry and Aquabotix. Until today, there were simply no micro hybrid USV/UUV vehicles and no swarming unmanned vehicles with diving capabilities commercially available in the industry. Aquabotix has... (read more)
2018-04-10 10:00:08

EdgeTech Side Scan Sonar Installed on USV

An EdgeTech 4200-FSL Side Scan Sonar System has been installed on a Sea Robotics USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) -5000, purchased by David Evans and Associates, Inc. for use on contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Coast Survey. EdgeTech’s lightweight 4200-FSL Side Scan Towfish, operating dual simultaneous frequencies of 300/600 kHz, was mounted underneath the USV and will provide very high resolution sonar data that will be used to map hurricane debris and update nautical charts in Mobile Bay. USVs have become popular in recent years and are typically used to gather data in waters too... (read more)
2006-12-13 12:00:00

AutoNaut USV Accompanies The Ocean Cleanup

An AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) has been launched alongside the revolutionary system of The Ocean Cleanup, the non-profit organisation deploying advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. 'The Ocean Cleanup System 001', also known as 'Wilson', is undergoing extensive sea trials approximately 350 nautical miles from San Francisco to test the behaviour of the system. If all goes well, it will relocate to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) where it will begin the challenge of removing tons of plastic debris. The role of the AutoNaut USV is to conduct long-term monitoring of the surrounding environmental conditions... (read more)
2018-10-02 08:34:21

New, High-performing USV for Ocean Surveying

A new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed for the Chinese market offers an open and low-cost platform to measure water current and direction. Nortek China has integrated Doppler instrumentation on the vehicle to help better meet user requirements for ocean surveying. The new USV has an industrial personal computer (IPC) as the main operation platform and uses Remote Desktop, a remote control technique, to communicate with all the instruments installed. This means that the vehicle offers an open and low-cost platform for customers who need to carry out several different tasks at the same time. For example, users can perform... (read more)
2019-05-06 06:57:40

Chinese City Employs USV to Monitor Illegal Sewage Discharge

In order to detect any sudden outbreak of water pollution in the city’s main river, the government department of Zhengjia, a coastal city in China, introduced an unmanned surface vehicle to its water monitoring routine to detect and restrain all illegal sewage discharge from companies alongside the riverbank.  According to the government officer, conventional water quality monitoring has been well developed regarding LAD analysis, but the sampling frequency and sampling spot density has been too low. The disadvantages of spot location deviation and scattered data distribution also make it hard to present the growth of water pollution comprehensively and quickly.... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:36:51

OceanAlpha Delivers Innovative USV Solution to Mining Industry

OceanAlpha’s autonomous bathymetric survey boat, the ME40 for hydrographic survey, has been applied in the mining industry for tailing dam surveys, in addition to its common application in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans. All that is necessary is to set up the survey waypoints; the boat can then acquire online bathymetric data automatically based on GPS navigation. Water and tailing management is a key control process in mine management. Bathymetric surveys of tailing dams are important because the pond floor under the water is constantly changing and the water volume storage is therefore also changing. Local authorities may also require mining companies to... (read more)
2017-12-21 10:43:50
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