SeeByte’s commercial partnership with General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin Robotics, a leading provider of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), will couple the Bluefin-21 AUVs with SeeByte’s SeeTrack AutoTracker software system. The software enables AUVs to detect and track a pipeline using existing payload sensors. The technology allows for improved inspection data, time-reductions due to fewer repeat missions and has the ability to reason logically when faced with multiple pipelines or unexpected burials.
The Bluefin-21 AUV equipped with SeeTrack AutoTracker provides the following features:
- Provides data at a user-defined offset
- Fuses existing legacy information with real-time sensor data to determine the pipeline position
- Obtains a full survey record
- Provides immediate analysis
The combination of Bluefin’s vehicle stability and navigation capabilities, along with SeeTrack AutoTracker’s ability to accurately guide the AUV at a pre-defined offset from the pipeline, stands to provide an excellent data product for rapid and efficient pipeline inspection. Using SeeByte’s SeeTrack AutoTracker software package on the Bluefin-21 AUV will further expand subsea inspection capabilities and provide valuable information to decision-makers.