The seabed/environmental surveys and soils investigation will take place during July and August at a location 500 km (310 mi) from the coast of St John’s, in water depths of around 1,200 m (3,937 ft).
Fugro sill deploy its newest AUV, Echo Surveyor VIII, designed to capture engineering-grade bathymetric, imaging and shallow geological feature data in deepwater.
The environmental survey will also employ 3D photogrammetry to delineate cold water corals and other benthic habitats.
For the soils investigation, the company will apply its SEACALF Mk IV seabed cone penetration test system, which uses a coiled push rod and compact continuous thrust machine.
Mike Cole, Country Manager for Fugro in Canada, said: “This project will allow us to showcase our locally developed digital 3D photogrammetric mapping methods to augment traditional geophysical sensors, which allows more quantifiable target definition.”