CEE USA Deliver State of the Art RTK USV Package to American Engineers Inc.

American Engineers Inc (AEI) recently added Hydrographic Surveying to their range of in-house survey capabilities, with the acquisition of a state of the art CEE HydroSystems single beam sonar survey package with a remotely-operated unmanned surface vehicle (USV). CEE delivered the custom USV, built around the unique modular CEESCOPE-USV echo sounder system, with HYPACK hydrographic acquisition software offering AEI a complete survey planning, execution, and data editing capability. Combined with airborne drone and LiDAR equipment, the CEE USV allows AEI to present a complete survey package for above and below water for their clients throughout the United States.

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The high performance 1.8m remotely operated boat was fitted out by CEE USA to meet AEI’s specifications, using a dual channel echo sounder with built-in Trimble RTK GNSS, allowing seamless operation with AEI’s Trimble R8 and R10 UHF base stations.  According to Adrian McDonald of CEE HydroSystems USA, “The AEI USV package represents a great step forward in usability and flexibility for remote surveying and presents a high quality bathymetry solution for AEI’s clients. With all GNSS positioning, echo sounding, and data telemetry in a single removable enclosure, separate from the vehicle systems, this USV is a survey tool and not a scientific project; turn on the vehicle and data module power and you are ready to start surveying.”

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Owing to the modular design, AEI operators can easily switch from surveying with the USV to a manned boat, without any need to disassemble the USV, except for removing the waterproof data module. Future-proofing was important to allow AEI to respond to client needs. Side scan sonar imaging using the Tritech StarFish may be added as an external input to the CEESCOPE-USV and the ability to refit for a multibeam echo sounder such as the Norbit IBWM was a design requirement used to determine the vehicle type.

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The vehicle hull and remote-control / propulsion system was supplied by Teledyne Instruments (Poway, USA).

 

Posted by Adrian McDonald / Posted on 17 Jan
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