Kongsberg Maritime and its subsidiary Hydroid, Inc., the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced their AUV Users Conference at the Villa Marigola in Lerici, Italy, which took place from October 14 to 17, 2013, was well attended by a diverse group of AUV users from across several industries.
The conference, which was open to both existing users of Kongsberg and Hydroid AUVs and those interested in learning more about AUV technology, featured three full days of presentations from marine technology experts and AUV industry leaders.
“We’re proud to have brought together some of the greatest minds in the AUV industry for our users conference,” said Graham Lester, VP of Sales and Marketing for Hydroid. “AUV technology has applications across a wide range of marine industries, including defense, research and resource exploration, and we’re happy to have brought together users from all across these disciplines to celebrate our groundbreaking technology.”
Highlights of the conference included a REMUS 100 AUV demonstration at the Venere Azzurra nel Comune di Lerici (SP), which gave observers an overview of the AUV’s capabilities. Participants watched as the man-portable AUV was launched from a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and retrieved after collecting data from two subsea targets. Attendees also were able to hear presentations on AUV applications in marine research, pipeline inspection, mine countermeasures and more.
The next AUV Users Conference is tentatively scheduled to be held in Annapolis, Maryland in 2015.
Press Release, October 29, 2013