2G Robotics said it will publicly launch its new underwater laser scanning solution, the ULS-500 PRO, at the April 2017 Ocean Business Exhibition in Southampton, U.K.
Now ready for market after several months of development and testing, the ULS-500 PRO will replace the ULS-500 for high resolution subsea survey. With better accuracy and real-time data acquisition, the new ULS-500 PRO improves upon 2G Robotics’ dynamic underwater laser scanning solution by increasing the ease with which surveys can be performed.
The ULS-500 PRO’s sample rates facilitate faster vehicle speeds while providing higher density point clouds. The system’s higher sensitivity sensor provides more accurate data capture and has achieved results up to 20m in range. The addition of the SeaShot Imager Stills Camera and the SeaShot LED provides synchronized laser and stills camera operation for an even higher degree of detail during survey campaigns. Additionally, the ULS-500 PRO comes standard with a 4,000m depth rating.
Prior to this public launch, the ULS-500 PRO delivered scans to a select set of organizations including DOF Subsea, DeepOcean, NOAA, EIVA, Parks Canada, GE Oil & Gas as well as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2G Robotics said. While working at NOAA, Kevin Tomanka, Senior Hydrographer and Data Processor at OARS, noted that “at standard survey speeds of 4-5 knots the ULS-500 PRO captured over 6500 points per square meter.” Tomanka stated that the “ULS-500 PRO sets a new benchmark for data density and quality. It is clear that laser point data combined with digital still images is the new standard for high-resolution seabed mapping.”