First Complete Gavia AUV for NCS

April 5, 2011 - via Hydro International

NCS Survey, the largest commercial user of Gavia vehicles, is taking delivery from Teledyne Gavia of one of the first SBP modules and the first complete Gavia system, to come with full survey suite of SBP, SSS and Swath Bathymetry, as a part of NCS Survey´s third Gavia vehicle.

 NCS Survey’s commitment to the Gavia range of AUVs comes onthe back of a number of successful contracts for seven different Oil & Gasclients, including pipeline inspections, seabed scour monitoring, under rigsurveys, and site and route surveys.
In just over two years operations NCS Survey has carried outprojects with their AUVs in Argentina, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, UK and theUSA demonstrating how portable the systems are.
Andy Gray, NCS Survey’s chief executive, commented thattheir clients and field staff are all impressed with the quality data and thespeed with which systems can be mobilised onto a vessel.  “In many cases we are ready to go an hourafter arriving on the vessel.  Thisprovides huge cost savings at the same time as improving the standards of thesurvey results.”
“We are excited by the continued success of NCS Survey andthe growth of their Gavia fleet of AUVs.  The new sub-bottom profilemodule will give them the efficiency of full survey capabilities in aman-portable vehicle.” said Teledyne Benthos general manager, Thomas Altshuler.
NCS Survey has pioneered the use of portable/low-logisticsAUVs in the offshore Oil & Gas sector and is now recognised as a globalleader in this field.  The company wasformed in 2005 and has grown from eight employees to over 60 in less than 5years.  Its turnover has doubled in thelast year to over GBP8m. In the five yearssince start-up NCS Survey has performed over 600 Projects in 35 differentcountries.

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