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Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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ANALYSIS & INSIGHT

Autonomous Systems for Bathymetry Surveys

Bibby HydroMap DriX Autonomous vessels offshore wind operations ore catapult

Bibby HydroMap’s DriX autonomous vessel during trials at Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm.

In August 2018, Bibby HydroMap undertook the UK’s first-ever unmanned survey at an operational offshore wind farm.

Besides proving the effectiveness of its new DriX autonomous vessel, the trial was a watershed moment for the industry: proving that autonomous vessels can provide higher-quality survey data in less time and at a lower cost than traditional methods.

This O&M Case Study, by Alistair Lee, details Bibby’s successful survey of four turbines and three inter-array cables at Gwynt y Môr, looking at the technology, the benefits of autonomous surveying, and the key challenges for the industry as robotics and autonomous systems become more prevalent.

 

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