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Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Ltd. launched what it is calling a revo- lutionary oil Þ eld services unmanned surface vehicle. ASV announced a breakthrough in unmanned oil and gas operations with the introduction of C-Worker. The multiuse offshore un- manned surface vehicle has been devel- oped to conduct subsea positioning, sur- veying and environmental monitoring. C-Worker demonstrated to members of the oil and gas and offshore survey- ing industries in January 2014 when ASV, alongside sister company C&C Technologies, operated the vehicle in the Solent off Portsmouth, U.K. Fitted with a Sonardyne Gyro USBL acoustic positioning system, the vehicle success- fully executed seabed positioning and Compatt calibration as well as station keeping and following survey lines. C-Worker leverages technology from more than 50 unmanned vehicles ASV has built to date. Additional technologi- cal advancements introduced in the C- Worker include the integration of a va- riety of offshore payload combinations including USBL, ADCP (current me- ter), CTD, Multibeam Sonar, Acoustic Telemetry and Passive Acoustic Sonar (PAM) for marine mammal detection. Payloads can be developed by ASV or by customers who are supplied an empty payload frame and a software and power interface speciÞ cation. The C-WorkerÕs navigation sensor suite is comprised of Vehicle Technology Vehicle Technology Advances in robotic vehicles continues to push technological limits and open new markets. ASV dubs C-Worker a breakthrough in unmanned oil and gas operations. Vehicle Technology March 2014 32 MTRMTR #2 (18-33).indd 32MTR #2 (18-33).indd 322/21/2014 10:35:39 AM2/21/2014 10:35:39 AM

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