Three USVs to acquire Shell hydrographic survey data

Offshore staff

PERTH, Australia – Seabed survey specialist Ocean Infinity will support Guardian Geomatics on a hydrographic project for Shell.

The program is due to start next month from Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor vessel and will involve collecting hydrographic data over an area of more than 800 sq km (309 sq mi) using up to three of the company’s unmanned surface vessels (USVs).

Steve Duffield, Guardian Geomatics’ commercial director, said: “By using unmanned surface vessels instead of a conventional vessel, Shell is able to reduce the onsite data acquisition time by a factor of 3.

“Using Guardian’s Seabed-Cloud technology the data is able to be presented to the users with a much quicker turnaround. The fuel usage on the project is estimated to be reduced by a factor 10.”


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