Hafmynd Ehf and Symphotic TII are pleased to announce the sale of a Gavia AUV to the University of Delaware to be operated by the College of Marine and Earth Studies, Coastal Sediments Hydrodynamics and Engineering Lab (CSHEL) for research into underwater navigation, hydrographic surveying, seafloor morphology, water quality, benthic habitat monitoring, and sediment transport processes.
The Gavia that was selected by University of Delaware / CSHEL is configured with a highly accurate DVL INS system , 500 kHz GeoSwath Swath Bathymetry Sonar, side scan sonar, camera, turbidity and O2 sensors. The modular design of the Gavia, both mechanical and software, will also allow CSHEL to develop user interchangeable custom payload modules and custom applications for their Gavia vehicle.
According to Dr Art Trembanis, Assistant Professor and director of CSHEL " We at CSHEL and CMES are extremely excited by the prospects for our new Gavia AUV. This state of the art, unparalleled system will allow us to explore our marine environment in ways we have never before realized. The capabilities of this fully outfitted AUV, will permit exploration of our waterways and environmental characterization in a new and exciting manner."
The University of Delaware's Gavia will be christened DORA, or the D elaware O ceanographic R esearch A UV and all of us at Hafmynd certainly hope she will be as fastidious of an explorer as her popular namesake, and from the sound of the operations that CSHEL has planned with operations in Bonaire in January 2008 and subsequent efforts in the Delaware Bay, inland waterways, and in various seafloor mapping and environmental monitoring initiatives domestically and around the world, we are sure she will.
This sale to the University of Delaware also marks an exciting milestone with the first sale of a Gavia mounting the powerful 500 kHz GeoSwath plus from GeoAcoustics Ltd, which gives the Gavia AUV unrivaled bathymetric capability in a small man portable package.