Hydrographic Survey Industry



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  • Remote helm control
  • Remote payload control

Above features, plus:

  • Autonomous command
  • Waypoint following and mission planning
  • Collaborative vessel operations
  • Autonomous surveillance path execution
  • Minimally manned and unmanned configurations
  • Obstacle detection and avoidance

Product Comparison: SM300 vs. SM200 (.PDF)

Autonomous-Command and Remote Helm Control Technology
For Survey Workboats and Commercial Vessels

Available now, Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems install aboard existing or new-build workboats and support vessels to increase their productivity and predictability, while reducing their overall risk and operational costs.

Capabilities & Use Cases

Autonomous Command

Shoreside or nearby operators can execute autonomous missions, with or without crew on board. Lower-cost, minimally manned or unmanned configurations increase safety by eliminating or  reducing the need for humans to be on board and exposed to challenging environments.

Sea Machines automates tedious, redundant and dangerous tasks, allowing an on-board crew to focus on higher-level operations.

Operational incidents can be prevented with obstacle detection and collision avoidance capabilities built on computer vision, radar, AIS and GPS data. Sea Machines helps to reduce operator fatigue, a major casualty factor in marine incidents during nighttime operations, long-distance transfers and challenging sea states.

Autonomous missions can be saved and reused for future efficiency.

Remote Helm Operations

Daughtercraft (such as smaller survey boats) can be remotely controlled from a mothership or shoreside location, with or without crew on board. Operators can control unmanned daughtercraft 24/7, even in poor sea and weather conditions, and through periods of low light or visibility. Unmanned vessels do not require stop-work periods for shift-changes.

Vessels can be operated from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.

Collaborative Autonomy

Vessels can autonomously collaborate to perform grid patterns and other coordinated tasks.

Operators can now coordinate multiple autonomous boats to collaborate and follow the same planned path at set distances apart for a force-multiplier effect.

Unmanned collaborative autonomous vessels reduce the resources required for missions, helping to reduce operational costs.

Grid Path Autonomy for Survey Routes

The majority of operational incidents in the marine industry can be traced to human errors related to fatigue, distraction or boredom. Grid path autonomy eliminates the need for mariners to manually execute repetitive paths.

An autonomous vessel executes precision grid paths more predictably than a human operator can.

Unmanned, autonomous vessels improve the speed and accuracy of repeating paths.

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Remote Payload Control

An off-site operator can remotely activate and control on-board equipment, such as survey sonars, hydrophones, winches, cranes and davits.

The operator can engage on-board payloads from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.

Remote Vessel Monitoring

From a shoreside location or second vessel, Sea Machines enables operators to monitor the operations and progress of working vessels in real time, anywhere there is a network connection.

This “on-watch redundancy” can help to prevent operational incidents and keep crews safer.

Human operators can command and control fleets of unmanned vessels with greater efficiency and reduced operational cost.

Proof of Performance

“This technology is a great tool for surveyors; it allows us to cover more ground with efficiency. In particular, Sea Machines has a great approach: With the ability to equip nearly any vessel, we expect this technology to be increasingly common and part of future customer contracts.” —  Dave Olin, Olin Hydrographic Solutions, Inc.

“We have seen the need to increase capabilities and also reduce the risk to [operators.] We feel this technology and platform will be a valuable tool to all Coast Guard Societies around the world.” — Roger Stanton, Hike Metal

“In conjunction with Sea Machines, we have developed a turn-key autonomous production model to be kept in our regular stock rotation and available for near-immediate delivery. We’re bringing autonomy to market in a ready form that operators can buy today and run tomorrow.” — Chris Allard, Metal Shark

Sea Machines is now offering government and commercial customers a commercially available 29-foot autonomous vessel, made possible by Metal Shark’s “Sharktech” autonomous division. The system allows for traditionally manned, reduced-crew or unmanned autonomous operations to deliver “human-in-the-loop” navigation. Learn more.

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