An innovative international company has worked with the University of Plymouth to advance the development of its autonomous offshore survey technology.
Specifically, this focused on tests of the company’s DriX USV platform, which it believes has the potential to reduce both the time and costs involved in surveying offshore renewable energy installations, decarbonising these operations in the process.
Technical specialists provided support to Sulmara during their trials thanks to the University’s involvement in the Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
This included providing access to a remote operation centre facility within the Marine Station, to support the company’s remote environmental survey operations. The University also offered support boats to ensure the effectiveness of the trial and maintain safety.
The company also engaged the next generation of the marine workforce by showcasing their methodologies and technology platform to students on the BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration and Surveying and MSc Hydrography courses.