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SMD Introduces New Work Class ROV

and ROV thrusters for over 20 years. As specialists in high power motor drive technology, our parent company, CRRC Tec, have given us access to high power systems technology that would be otherwise inaccessible to the subsea sector. All of this, combined with financial support from our parent and Innovate UK has put us in a unique position to bring a world class electric ROV system to the market.”Liu Kean, President of CRRC-TEC, has committed to support SMD by sharing TEC core technology from their advanced high speed train to develop SMD’s new generation of ROV and Trenching technology

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Rovco Nets $12.8 Mln in 12 Months

in Aberdeen, confirmed the news that it had grown substantially from the previous period where revenue was £450,000. This marks an increase of over 2,000% on its 2017/18 performance. The work includes long term subsea framework agreements, technology platform sales and research grants from Innovate UK and the Oil and Gas Technology Center. This has been generated alongside numerous remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) inspections and hydrographic surveys primarily to offshore wind farms and other tier 1 service companies in the UK and Asia markets.The organization also introduced its

Modus Seabed Intervention's Sabertooth HAUV

Modus Acquires Second Sabertooth HAUV

;s Facility in Sweden to perform a “mow the lawn” style pre-programmed survey collecting multibeam echosounder (MBES), side scan sonar (SSS) and sub-bottom profiler (SBP) data over about 15 kilometers, with no external aiding from a support vessel.In early 2018, a trial as part of an Innovate UK funded project for wind farm resident inspection performed out of the ORE Catapult facility in Blyth, England, involved indirect power coupling and data transfer using a Blue Logic inductive connector. In the final phase of this demonstrator project, later this year, in between its commercial

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Flying new Routes Subsea

the vehicle’s DGPS, INS and DVL). “Having gone out and repeated the survey, it saw very little drift,” says Ward. The vehicle was also successfully trialed multiple times, autonomously docking into its subsea garage. In early 2018, this function was further developed, as part of an Innovate UK funded project for wind farm resident inspection performed. This trial was run at the ORE Catapult facility in Blyth and also involved indirect power coupling and data transfer using a Blue Logic inductive connector.  In the final phase of this funded demonstrator project, later this year

(L-R) Matt Kingsland, NOC and Paul Griffiths, Sonardyne, with the SPRINT-Nav 700 at the NOC robotics lab during Ocean Business (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav 700 selected for new under-ice AUV

facing mankind, including climate change.”Sonardyne’s relationship with the NOC extends back over more than two decades, when it started supplying the NOC’s research ships with USBL acoustic tracking technology. More recently, the NOC and Sonardyne have worked together on a number of Innovate UK funded projects, with the latest being the Precise Positioning for Persistent AUVs (P3AUV) project, which is trialing new advanced navigation techniques on NOC’s ‘Boaty McBoatface’ Autosub Long Range (ALR) and new ALR1500 vehicles. Sonardyne is a partner at the NOC's Marine

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Rovco Awarded Funding for 3D Visualization Project

intelligence (AI) systems with ROV platforms could transform the way offshore inspections are carried out and reduce costs by millions each year.The U.K. based firm, which has been working to advance the technology, has recently been awarded further funding by the U.K.’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop the next stage of its integrated live 3D vision and AI survey technology.The funding will support the project's next stage, AUV3D Phase 2, which continues from the Phase 1 project and trials proving the technology at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s test center

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Sonardyne Leads AUV Collaboration Project

The UK-based underwater positioning and communications technology company Sonardyne International Ltd has initiated a collaborative project to drive a major step change in ocean system autonomy for long-endurance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).The aim of the Innovate UK-supported Precise Positioning for Persistent AUVs (P3AUV) project is to enable AUVs to operate at high levels of navigation performance with less surface support and for longer periods.The provider of underwater acoustic, inertial, optical and sonar technology said in a release that with partners L3 ASV and the National Oceanograp

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

into one integrated solution to enable vessels to maintain safe passage in GNSS-denied environments or for dynamic positioning systems to maintain their position if they lose GNSS access or other sensors fail.The AutoMINDER (Autonomous MarIne Navigation in Denied EnviRonments) project, backed by Innovate UK, will also create a common interface structure to allow the different sensors to be fed into one platform and develop an industry standard.The system uses Sonarydne’s SPRINT-Nav, all-in one subsea navigation instrument, which combines Sonardyne’s SPRINT INS solution, Syrinx DVL and

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Symbiotic Autonomy for Deep Water Survey

(NOC) and SeeByte, have delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution after a two-week trial in Scotland’s Loch Ness. The tests were the culmination of the three-year ‘Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System’ collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl, which set out to produce an integrated system to perform low cost, full water column marine surveys using multiple autonomous systems.During trials in and on the loch, Sonardyne’s ultra-short base line (USBL) acoustic positioning and AvTrak telemetry systems enabled ASV’s

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

on there, for cable monitoring and security, all on a single multi-purpose platform. It could enable other stuff we have not thought of so far.”According to ASV Global, an autonomous vessel provider, as much as 60% of offshore wind farm operating costs are related to vessels. A £900,000 Innovate UK supported, 18-month project, called the Windfarm Autonomous Ship Project (WASP), is looking at what is needed to use USVs in offshore wind farm maintenance. WASP is being led by ASV Global, in partnership with the ORE Catapult, with SeaRoc Group, Houlder and the University of Plymouth. The group

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