Seafloor Systems to Demonstrate Uncrewed Survey Vessel

By Mike Ball / 04 Feb 2022
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Seafloor Systems EchoBoat-240 USV

Seafloor Systems has confirmed that the company will be demonstrating its latest USV (uncrewed surface vessel) dockside at the upcoming Oceanology International event in London. The EchoBoat-240 is a 2.5m / 8ft remotely-operated survey vessel that is designed for confined or shallow bodies of water where traditional survey methods are not suitable.

The EchoBoat-240 allows for remote-controlled or semi-autonomous navigation of waterways, and integrates high-resolution multibeam sonar equipment in a compact package. Its moonpool allows for flexible installation of multibeam systems from leading brands in the industry.

While a survey is underway, the vessel can be monitored within line-of-sight, with over-the- horizon monitoring possible when running additional hardware. All survey data is stored on an onboard PC. Full equipment control and data acquisition is accomplished with a remote data link.

Switching from autonomous to remote control on the USV is accomplished using a long range remote control unit (RCU) that offers up to 2km range, with a survey endurance of up to 8 hours on a single charge. For professional hydrographic survey requirements, the EchoBoat-240 may be tailored to customer needs.

The USV can be delivered ready to accept existing equipment provided by the user, or with a selected sensor payload pre-installed. Customized cabling can also be included, allowing the boat to accept existing GPS, GNSS and RTK positioning systems.

For a turnkey survey-grade system, the EchoBoat-240 can be outfitted with singlebeam, multibeam, and side scan sonar systems. The EchoBoat-240 is compatible with various hydrographic software packages, including Hypack, PDS2000, EIVA and QINSy.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact