Coastal / Inshore

Seminar Session

Robotics and autonomous survey vehicles are the focus of this intriguing session. Attendees will learn how unmanned survey vessels are now enabling rapid capture of hydrographic survey data from lakes, rivers, harbours and shallow coastal or inland bodies of water. How photography from drones is enabling mission planning and detecting dangerous shoals ahead of survey from an autonomous craft.

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Session Programme: 15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 15:20 Tue 22   Theatre 3

The Robotics Revolution – bringing unmanned survey solutions to the industry

Jon Holmes, Business Development Manager, Unmanned Survey Solutions

Traditionally, manned survey vessels are used for mapping these areas. But lakes and rivers, ports and harbours, shallow coastal or inland bodies of water can be hazardous to both personnel and equipment. Unmanned Survey Solutions Ltd provides a smarter solution. Using over 35 years of survey experience our ‘built by surveyors for surveyors’ approach has allowed us to create and build the USS Inception class Unmanned Survey Vessels (USVs). These robust autonomous vessels are designed for hydrographic surveys in enclosed, shallow, coastal and inland waters for the marine, scientific, commercial and environmental industries.

Jon Holmes is an experienced hydrographic surveyor and marine consultant with over 30 years in the marine environment. His hydrographic background comes from a naval career as a surveyor and ship’s captain, academia and commercial hydrography.


15:20 - 15:40 Tue 22   Theatre 3

The impact of autonomous surface and aerial vehicles for coastal monitoring and engineering

Duncan Mallace, Managing Director, 4D Ocean

Driven mainly by technological progress in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveys and military requirements, 2017 was first year when it became possible to conduct a fully autonomous coastal survey for bathymetry and topography using a combination of Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) and a UAV, both deployed directly from the survey location. UAVs, which can detect dangerous shoals, together with ASVs, enable surveyors to reach coastal areas which have either been too hazardous or too shallow to reach with normal vessels or by terrestrial means. The presentation details methodologies and issues, and benefits compared with traditional means

Duncan Mallace is the Founder and Managing Director of 4D Ocean. Duncan is a graduate of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne with a B.Sc in Surveying Science. Graduating in 1988 he spent two years land surveying before going to sea with Oceanscan in 1990. His offshore time was spent predominantly working with acoustics, either multibeam sonar for mapping and rock dumping or USBL/LBL for offshore construction survey. This led to him setting up the survey company NetSurvey in 2002 as a specialist high resolution survey company, which became part of MMT in 2011. Duncan was Head of Business Development at QPS from 2015 until April 2017 when he formed 4D Ocean. 4D Ocean are a specialist autonomous survey company conducting high resolution seabed mapping and topographic surveys using autonomous surface, aerial and underwater vehicles.

15:40 - 16:00 Tue 22   Theatre 3

Mobile LEAN Geomatics for rapid coastal above and below ground data capture including marine bathymetry

Rollo Rigby, Director, Severn Partnership

Great Western Railway Dawlish to Teignmouth, how LEAN Geomatics provides above, below and marine data sets allowing civil infrastructure design to hold back the sea.

Rollo Rigby is a Chartered Surveyor and Director of Severn Partnership Ltd. Specialising in Lean Geomatics workflows through the adoption of latest technology to deliver better data more efficiently and safer.

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