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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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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

A collaborative research project called Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System (ASSSS) aims to deliver an integrated system to provide a means of conducting low cost, shore based, full water column marine surveys using multiple unmanned systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities.

PLAT-I and the 15m Meercat workboat “Venetia” prior to disconnection from the mooring system during the demobilisation operation. Photo: ©SCHOTTEL HYDRO

PLAT-I: Renewable Energy for Canada

a new platform and have successfully run our complete testing program in record time. I am grateful to the local community in Connel who hosted the first PLAT-I test, and very excited about what the next 12 months holds for us in Nova Scotia.”The PLAT-I platform was designed with support from Innovate UK and DFID under the Energy Catalyst program. The testing program, funded by Scottish Enterprise, has successfully validated the platform and power generation technologies. All systems performed as expected allowing the key advantages of the PLAT-I system to be proven.  From the outset low

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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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

RIMCAW robot being deployed for trial (Photo: TWI)

Chain-climbing Underwater Robot Passes Trials

testing (NDT), ultrasonic imaging system on board that scans for critical defects – has recently undergone field trials.The new climbing robot, named RIMCAW (Robotic Inspection of Mooring Chains in Air and Water), is the result of a yearlong, fast-track project that secured funding from Innovate UK, the Government agency behind finding and driving the innovations that will grow the UK economy. It is being delivered by collaborative partners Computerized Information Technology Ltd, Innovative Technology and Science Ltd, London South Bank University and TWI Ltd.The inspection of large mooring

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