Teledyne Marine, a developer of autonomous and unmanned marine vehicles for subsea and shallow-water applications, has announced the launch of a new unmanned surface vessel (USV), the Teledyne Z-Boat 1800T.
Designed for marine surveying, the USV is equipped with a Trimble high-precision GNSS heading receiver, and is also compatible with Trimble Marine Construction (TMC) software, providing increased efficiency for marine construction/dredging projects as well as real-time monitoring from anywhere in the world.
The Teledyne Z-Boat 1800T high-resolution shallow water hydrographic unmanned survey vessel, equipped with the dual antenna Trimble BX992 GNSS heading receiver, also features the Odom Hydrographic Echotrac E20 Singlebeam Echosounder. This combination of high-precision heading, positioning and guidance paired with high-accuracy sonar provides superior data collection even under challenging conditions.
Both of the vessel’s sensors can also be removed and mounted on other watercraft and barges to maximize data collection capabilities, and all data is remotely viewable in real time. The boat’s small footprint allows access to areas that are too small, confined, or dangerous for larger vessels.
Ted Germann, Teledyne Marine’s Vice President, Emerging Markets, commented: “Teledyne Marine and Trimble continue to create a paradigm shift for marine construction by providing real-time vision, guidance and survey across a project’s complete construction lifecycle—improving safety, eliminating or reducing work redoes, and helping to complete projects faster and under budget. This system provides as-building updates or what we call ‘eyes below the water’.”
Kevin Garcia, General Manager of Trimble Civil Specialty Solutions, stated: “Trimble’s experience in GNSS guidance systems, and Teledyne’s leadership in shallow-water hydrographic surveying provides an ideal solution for marine construction contractors and surveyors. The Teledyne Z-Boat 1800T release means that near-shore construction workflows now have a quick mobilization tool to identify sub-surface obstructions, provide ad hoc inspections and increase site safety. This feature-loaded solution makes the unmanned surveying vessel affordable for all sizes of customers.”