This presentation will share the experiences of operating a 4.5m Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) for bathymetric surveying. The vessel is operated fully over-the-horizon, piloted 24/7 from a remote control centre. Surveys completed in 2019 include sections of the UK’s Civil Hydrography Programme (CHP) and a number of high-resolution pipeline surveys for the oil & gas industry; with depths ranging from 1m to 60m and distances from shore ranging from 10m to 40km.

Duncan Mallace

Duncan Mallace is the Chief Strategy Officer for XOCEAN.

Duncan is a graduate of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne with a BSc in Surveying Science. The 90s were spent offshore using early multibeam sonars and acoustic positioning. This led to him setting up the survey company NetSurvey in 2002 as a specialist high resolution survey company & Fledermaus software reseller, which became part of MMT in 2011. In 2015 he left MMT to join QPS as Head of Business Development In 2017 he saw that, like early multibeam, autonomous technology was the way ahead and that the technology was useable now, but no-one was actually using it so, he formed 4D Ocean. 4D Ocean needed more capable USVs so started working with XOCEAN. Due to the rapid expansion of both companies it made sense to combine the design and philosophy of XOCEAN with the hydrographic skills at 4D Ocean. So, in November 2019 4D Ocean became part of XOCEAN.

XOCEAN are an ocean data company, collecting that data by using Unmanned Technology.

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