Saudi Aramco acquires Teledyne Gavia AUV
Saudi Aramco has acquired a Teledyne Gavia Offshore Surveyor autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to meet growing demand for hydrographic survey services, the company announced on 27 July.
The Gavia AUV is an autonomous, modular sensor platform that is field-configurable by means of a unique twist lock system. Operators can change or add sensors, navigation or battery modules between missions, making the AUV a flexible asset able to be operated by a wide range of vessel types.
The Gavia system will be used by Saudi Aramco for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1000m in the Red Sea region.
The AUV system will be delivered equipped with an interferometric side scan sonar, camera, and a high accuracy Doppler Velocity Log and an Inertial Navigation System. For pipeline inspection applications, the vehicle will use SeeByte Autotracker software, which provides autonomous pipeline inspection capability.
In order to collect environmental data, a variety of other sensors are included in the new Gavia Science Bay module including the SeaOWL UV-A, which is optimised for oil detection in water. In addition to the AUV, a small survey launch including all required peripheral components and a mobile launch and recovery solution is being provided by Teledyne Gavia.
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