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The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
September 28, 2000 - Abstract
Detailed surveys are required in deep water to avoid potential hazards and to provide for the construction and development of offshore oil leases. Unfortunately, data acquired with existing technology are expensive and often questionable in accuracy. To address this problem, C & C Technologies Inc. (C & C) of Lafayette, Louisiana, USA has contracted with Kongsberg Simrad for the construction of a HUGIN 3000 deepwater Autonomous UnderwaterVehicle (AUV). The HUGIN 3000's survey sensors will include multibeam bathymetry, side scan sonar and subbottom profiler.
C & C, an international hydrographic surveying company, has been developing AUV technology for the U.S. Navy for the past five years. Manufacturing is currently underway and sea-trials begin in May of 2000. One major oil and gas company has committed for HUGIN survey work and C & C is offering discounts for other early commitments.
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