The EchoBoat-ASV™ is a portable, autonomously controlled survey platform developed for hydrographic survey applications. The multi-payload vehicle features portability, improved thrust, and large payload capacity. It is manufactured from high quality marine materials and components and easily disassembles for transport and shipping.
Work environments include mines, sewage treatment plants, rivers, contaminated lakes, ponds, and harbors.
The mission planner application runs on a base station laptop connected through a radio telemetry link, and displays the vehicle’s graphical position and progress against a background map of the survey area. Battery voltage, current, and capacity remaining is monitored via this link using GPS position and heading available in real time on the shore via RF telemetry.
For professional hydrographic surveying, the EchoBoat may be customized to individual customer requirements. The boat may be purchased with the desired depth sounder pre-installed, or supplied ready to accept the user’s existing sensors. Similarly, customized cabling can be included allowing the boat to accept existing GPS, GNSS and RTK positioning systems. For a turnkey survey-grade system, the EchoBoat can be outfitted with singlebeam, multibeam, and side scan sonar systems
The EchoBoat is compatible with hydrographic data acquisition software such as HYPACK, HYDROpro, QINSY, PDS2000, and uses the standard NMEA data format for data interface.