(US,GoM)-C & C Technologies' second deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV),C-Surveyor II, began field operations in the GoM. The C-Surveyor II vehicle was initially delivered to C & C's corporate headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, on June 3, 2005. Over a period of three months, C & C system engineers integrated proprietary hardware and software into this next generation AUV and mobilized it on its mother ship the R/V Northern Resolution.
TheC-Surveyor II AUV is modeled after C & C's existing state-of-the-art AUV, C-Surveyor I, and includes numerous advancements. Survey sensors onboard include a multibeam echosounder, chirp side scan sonar, chirp sub-bottom profiler, methane detector, CTD system, and an Edgetech DW106 sub-bottom profiler customized with narrow transmit and receive beams to permit significantly deeper seabed penetration. In December 2005, C & C intends to upgrade the chirp side scan sonar to a new Dynamically Focused (DF) side scan sonar system capable of providing five times more resolution than traditional systems.
Over the next three months, C & C will be performing various surveys for government agencies, as well as the oil and gas industry. These projects include block hazard, pipeline hazard and investigation surveys.
Over the last five years, C & C has surveyed more than 45,000 line-km worldwide on 77 AUV projects.