Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

Saudi Aramco has acquired Teledyne Offshore Surveyor AUV system.

The Gavia AUV system is expected to enhance Saudi Aramco’s agility in meeting high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company’s in-house survey operations.

The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1000m in the Red Sea region.

The Gavia AUV system purchased by Saudi Aramco is equipped with an Interferometric side scan sonar (Klein Marine Systems, Salem, NH), camera, and utilizes a high accuracy Doppler Velocity Log (Teledyne RD Instruments, Poway, CA) aided Inertial Navigation System, (Rovins 154, iXBlue, Saint-German en Laye Cedex, France). For pipeline inspection applications the vehicle will be equipped with SeeByte Autotracker software (SeeByte, Edinburgh, Scotland), which provides autonomous pipeline inspection capability.

In order to gather environmental data a variety of other sensors are carried in the new Gavia Science Bay module including the SeaOWL UV-A (Wetlabs, Philomath, OR) which is optimized for oil detection in water.

In addition to the AUV, a small survey launch including all required peripheral components and a mobile launch and recovery solution is being provided by Teledyne Gavia.

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