A dynamic array of sensors for NC State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) will aid in valuable data collection.

STUART, Florida. – SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has delivered the USV 2.5, an autonomous 2.5 meter unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the Center for Marine Science and Technology at North Carolina State University. The USV, built by SeaRobotics, was funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Marine Lab Facilities Program. Given the diverse capabilities of the USV, it will be utilized as both an experiential-based teaching tool and to conduct basic and applied research in lake, river, estuary and costal environments.

The USV 2.5 is equipped with an extensive suite of scientific instrumentation that will provide users with a wide variety of data. This instrumentation includes side-scanning and bathymetric sonars, a high-frequency sub-bottom seismic system, an acoustic Doppler current profiler, and sensors that record the temperature and conductivity of the waters being surveyed. In addition, the USV 2.5 measures the concentration of Chlorophyll-a and dissolved organic matter in surface waters.

This system leverages SeaRobotics’ extensive expertise and history delivering USVs for high precision bathymetry, water quality analysis, hydrographic survey, and many other applications. The USV was delivered with a fully integrated Edgetech 6205 multi-beam echo-sounder, motion reference unit, dual antenna RTK GPS, sound velocity probe, and HYPACK software.

“For a 2.5 meter USV, the system offers a broad range instrumentation, with the flexibility to swap sensing payloads based on the demands of the mission,” stated Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics Corporation.

“The USV will be used for seabed and water column mapping critical to an improved understanding of various marine and aquatic processes, including ecosystems dynamics, water quality, and shoreline stability,” stated Del Bohnenstiehl, principal investigator on the NSF project. Del Bohnenstiehl further stated, “The interdisciplinary toolkit provided by this platform is unique within the academic community and additional commercial off-the-shelf sensors, including water-samplers, spectrometers and passive acoustic arrays can be integrated as needed.”

These first vehicles will provide a baseline for extensive use of USVs

SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has delivered two complete autonomous 2.5‑m unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. These USVs, built by SeaRobotics, are complete hydrographic systems, including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts, and road trailers.

This contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors. The efficiency and cost effectiveness of each application will be reviewed, and a profile of high-productivity, cost-reducing activities will be developed. Both traditional survey tasks and previously denied areas that remain unsurveyed will be evaluated.

This system leverages SeaRobotics’ extensive expertise and history delivering USVs for high-precision bathymetric surveys, water quality analysis, hydrographic surveys, and many other applications. The USV was delivered with a fully integrated R2Sonic multi-beam echo sounder, integrated motion reference unit and dual antenna RTK GPS, surface sound velocity probe, and a cast winch with deployable CTD—all tightly integrated with HYPACK software.

“The 2.5-m USV is one of the smallest systems capable of practical, general purpose MBES deployment,” stated Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics Corporation. “The USV will be used extensively for waterways, estuaries, and coastal bathymetric surveys,” further explained Geoff Douglass, USV development manager at SeaRobotics.

SeaRobotics Corporation, headquartered in Stuart, Florida, specializes in small, smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously operated. Its clients include major military and commercial organizations, both U.S. and foreign. SeaRobotics’ seasoned marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software, and sensing systems to produce multi-spectral, DGPS-stamped data for survey, research, or surveillance efforts. Applications for SeaRobotics vessels range from bathymetric and hydrographic surveys to coastal, harbor, and riverine surveillance. Many SeaRobotics vessels are small, modular, and man-portable, allowing rapid deployment in remote areas or deployment by larger vessels, and its command and control systems are user-friendly and compact, allowing backpack mobilization.

SeaRobotics is pleased to announce that 4D Ocean has been selected as its reseller for Northern Europe.

As a leading company in the use of autonomous systems, 4D Ocean will provide sales and support for SeaRobotics’ autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to survey companies, scientific research organizations, ports, offshore energy companies and mapping agencies. This also extends to a broad range of survey and scientific equipment which can be installed onto the ASVs. Full training on the vessel, sonar equipment, and software will also be provided by 4D Ocean.

Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics commented, “We are excited to have a close and experienced partner in Europe to help us expand the business and to support our growing customer base in Northern Europe.”

“4D Ocean undertook a detailed analysis of the different ASV suppliers when choosing an ASV and SeaRobotics was, without doubt, the most advanced”, commented Duncan Mallace, 4D Ocean’s Managing Director. “It is therefore very exciting to become the North European reseller for their products and we look forward to fulfilling an autonomous vision with SeaRobotics and our European partners.”

4D Ocean is a newly formed company specializing in autonomous survey solutions based in Banbury, UK. 4D Ocean has over 25 years of seabed mapping experience and is recognized as being a ground breaking company when it comes to technology. NetSurvey, 4D Ocean founder Duncan Mallace’s previous company, has helped push the boundaries of multibeam technology from its infancy to the defacto tool for seabed mapping that it is today. 4D Ocean aims to make autonomous survey the common method of conducting seabed and oceanographic surveys. www.4docean.com

SeaRobotics has wide-ranging experience in maritime unmanned systems including ROVs, AUVs, USVs and the integration of various sophisticated sensing subsystems. We offer expertise in a broad range of engineering disciplines along with extensive field support and training in order to provide a foundation upon which to build game changing solutions for our clients.

SeaRobotics specializes in smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously-operated. Our products serve major military and commercial organizations across the globe. SeaRobotics’ seasoned marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software, and sensing systems.

SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) is pleased to announce that Lou Dennis has joined the firm as Director of Programs based at the company’s headquarters in Stuart, Florida. Lou brings decades of industry experience to SeaRobotics backed by a deep knowledge of the technology needs of a range of customers.

“I am delighted to join SeaRobotics,” said Dennis. “The company is rapidly expanding its offering of autonomous technologies and integrated oceanographic system offerings to a global market, and I am excited to become a part of its growth.”

Dennis entered the ocean industry as a commercial diver after graduating from Florida Institute of Technology. He then joined Subsea 7’s engineering group focused on Deepwater ROV and Intervention Tooling System design. Dennis later joined ROV manufacturer Perry Slingsby Systems, as its Vice President of Programs then moving onto Lockheed Martin as Business Development Manager for its AUV program. Before joining SeaRobotics, he served as General Manager of the Southeast Region for MacArtney, Inc. SeaRobotics President, Don Darling commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Lou to the SeaRobotics management team. He will play a key role in our company’s success by driving improvements in critical project scheduling and budgeting processes.”

SeaRobotics Corporation has wide-ranging experience in maritime unmanned systems including ROVs, AUVs, USVs and the integration of various sophisticated sensing subsystems. Leveraging its broad range of engineering capabilities, SeaRobotics specializes in designing and building remotely operated or autonomous smart vessels for military and commercial applications across the globe. SeaRobotics systems employ marine survey software that interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software, and sensing systems to provide game-changing solutions for its clients.

STUART, Fla.SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) today announced the delivery of two additional 2.5 meter autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), a part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, bringing the fleet to four systems. These USVs, built by SeaRobotics, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers.

The SeaRobotics USVs are being deployed across Canada supported by regional training performed by SeaRobotics. CHS has completed the first year of operation and the analysis of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of USV usage. A profile of high-productivity, cost-reducing activities is being developed for both traditional survey tasks and survey tasks in previously denied, and currently unsurveyed, areas.

These systems leverage SeaRobotics’ extensive expertise and history delivering USVs for high-precision bathymetric surveys, water quality analysis, hydrographic surveys, shallow water, force multiplier and many other applications. The USVs were delivered with a fully integrated R2Sonic multi-beam echo sounder (MBES), associated motion reference unit and dual antenna RTK GPS system, as well as a surface sound velocity probe and a cast winch deploying a CTD—all tightly integrated with HYPACK software.

“We are pleased to be supporting CHS in their deployment of state-of-the-art USV technology. The 2.5 meter USV is one of the smallest systems capable of practical, general purpose MBES deployment,” stated Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics Corporation.

“The USV will be used extensively to improve bathymetric, hydrographic and nautical data throughout Canada for waterways, estuaries and coastal bathymetric surveys,” further explained Geoff Douglass, USV development manager at SeaRobotics.

SeaRobotics Corporation, headquartered in Stuart, Florida, specializes in small, smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously operated. Its clients include major military and commercial organizations, both U.S. and foreign. SeaRobotics’ seasoned marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software and sensing systems to produce multi-spectral, DGPS-stamped data for survey, research or surveillance efforts. Applications for SeaRobotics vessels range from bathymetric and hydrographic surveys to coastal, harbor, and riverine surveillance. Many SeaRobotics vessels are small, modular and man-portable, allowing rapid deployment in remote areas or deployment by larger vessels; their command and control systems are user-friendly and compact allowing backpack mobilization.

Contact

Don Darling
7765 SW Ellipse Way
Stuart, FL 34997
+1 (772) 742-3700
ddarling@searobotics.com
www.searobotics.com