HydroSurv is a Devon-based company working to deliver a future where all inland and coastal data acquisition is delivered by low-impact, economic autonomous vessels. Taking a holistic approach to this vision, the business designs and builds uncrewed survey vessels (USVs), and pioneers innovative environmental data capture methods, including processing and interpretive reporting techniques.
In the midst of managing a fast-moving design and manufacture operation, as well as a rolling R&D trials programme underpinned by the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the business needed to push the envelope with regard to multi-USV coastal survey and sought to collaborative with the MBTC to make this happen.
Opportunities for this new approach to marine survey are growing across the globe. By leveraging MBTC support to work the University of Plymouth, HydroSurv sought to raise market awareness of their offer by performing a complex and innovative sea trial within the Smart Sound Plymouth proving ground; simultaneously demonstrating the business’s latest USV product and data gathering service.
How did the MBTC support the business?
As a Devon-based SME, HydroSurv is eligible for free access to ‘USV CETUS’, a state of the art C-Worker 4 uncrewed surface vessel, made by L3 Harris and owned by the University of Plymouth. This platform is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the University’s participation in the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) project.
Free access to ‘USV CETUS’ includes access to Smart Sound Plymouth via the University’s fleet of research vessels and commercial workboats, with the University’s experienced skippers and technical experts on hand to support complex marine technology trials at sea.