Canada: Wentworth Environmental Services Orders Iver2 AUV

Wentworth Environmental Services Orders Iver2 AUV

OceanServer Technology, Inc. has received an order from Wentworth Environmental Services (WES) for a base 42 Iver2 AUV equipped with Klein 3500 Side Scan Sonar.

The new system is expected to be a multipurpose vehicle used for general imaging surveys and a test platform for new methods to characterize sites with underwater military munitions (UWMM). The Iver2 AUV has the unique capability to dramatically cut down UWMM survey time with the 3500’s large swath coverage (125 Meter plus) and no compromise on sonar image quality.

This capability should be a major step forward in the challenge to safely identify and map decaying underwater chemical and conventional munitions which pose a risk to human health and the environment including an explosive hazard. Automated AUV sweeps utilizing high resolution sonar for ongoing security purposes is another tool to secure harbors against possible explosive devices which can be a serious threat to port commerce.

The AUV can also be employed to locate and map structures on the seabed such as well heads, cables and oil and gas pipelines. Going forward, Wentworth will receive additional IVER2 AUV’s including a magnetometer option for sub-bottom profiling of objects that have been covered in silt and mud on the seabed and one fitted with a HD Video/still camera for videoing underwater including fauna. Wentworth, a Nova Scotia based company, engages in strategic partnerships with niche technology and specializes in adapting science, technology and proven processes to complete their missions.

Company president, and a well-known world expert on Sea-dumped Chemical Weapons, Terrance P. Long stated:

“I am excited with the delivery of our first Iver2 AUV that will allow Wentworth the capability to respond to the ever increasing needs of our clients. With thousands of underwater munitions sites and other hazards on the sea floor we can now autonomously map them for identification, investigations and or remediation. This also allows us an opportunity to provide marine support services to oil and gas sector.”

The Iver Platform

All Iver2 AUV models come standard with OceanServer’s VectorMap Mission Planning and Data Presentation tool, which provides geo-registered data files that can be easily exported to other software analysis tools. The VectorMap program can input NOAA ENCs or any geo-referenced charts, maps or photo images, allowing the operator to intuitively develop AUV missions using simple point-and-click navigation. Unlike towed-arrays from a ship, the AUV can provide exceptional mapping by following the seabed terrain at a set depth above the bottom. The base vehicle, gives university, government and commercial users an affordable base-platform for sensor development or survey applications in water quality, sub-surface security and general research.

Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; Image: OceanServer