PERTH, Western Australia – Blue Ocean Marine Services (BOMS) has purchased an additional L3Harris Technologies Iver3 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to support its expanding survey operations in the Australian and Asian markets.
Keith Wallace, general manager of BOMS, said: “The addition of a second system significantly lowers project risk providing full equipment redundancy whilst increasing our efficiency in the field. This innovative unmanned technology directly challenges traditional survey and inspection techniques, delivering highly accurate data with significant reductions in project cost, time and risk.
“The Iver3 AUV is robustly engineered, capable of operations to 200 m [656 ft] depth, and is one of the smallest and lightest on the market allowing for deployments from smaller vessels or directly from the shore.”
Andrew Mercer, BOMS Operations Manager, added: “Our systems are equipped with dual-frequency (600/1600kHz) side-scan sonar combined with an interferometric phase differencing bathymetry system (600kHz), integrated digital cameras, multi-parameter water quality sondes and extended payload sections permitting the addition of a wide range of additional sensors.
“The AUVs are particularly suited for pipeline and field infrastructure inspections, but have recently proven their capability for a number of applications including cable route surveys, produced formation water discharge studies, water quality monitoring and benthic habitat assessment.”
BOMS is a joint venture between Blue Ocean Monitoring and The Vertech Group.