Hafmynd ehf proudly announces the delivery of two Gavia AUV‘s to NCS Survey of Aberdeen. The delivery is followed by successful Customer Acceptance Tests performed in January at Hafmynd‘s headquarters in Iceland.
The two systems are of the Gavia Offshore Surveyor type, which are Gavia systems optimized for the commercial survey applications, including DGPS for increased accuracy, various software modifications, and a high visibility painted finish. The vehicles are equipped with SeeByte's AutoTracker capability, which allow the system to track pipelines with input from the onboard Marine Sonics side scan sonar, a GeoSwath swath bathymetry system from GeoAcoustics, and a camera system. One of the systems is 500m rated while the other is 1000m rated, with the main difference in the two systems being the aluminum alloy used in the machining and extended depth rating transducers. Both systems are the same size and roughly the same weight (around 2.7m and 80Kg, depending on configuration).
The two Gavia Offshore Surveyor vehicles will be used by NCS Survey for varying commercial services in the Oil & Gas market, including pipeline inspection and varying kinds of bathymetric / side scan / photographic missions, with initial pipeline inspection operations conducted in the Shetland Islands in March 2010 and with numerous others planned for the remainder of the year.
Andy Gray, Chief Executive of NCS Survey comments on the delivery: "We selected GAVIA Offshore Surveyor AUVs for NCS Survey operations as survey work for the Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy sectors requires the ability to respond rapidly and have many options available to suit the particular task. Gavia is the only AUV in the market that meets both these criteria with its innovative modular design. The other main deciding factor was the highly professional response we get from the Hafmynd team."
NCS Survey is the leading independent UK offshore survey company and is one of the market leaders in the provision of Low Logistics AUVs, providing survey services to the offshore construction and positioning markets on a worldwide basis.