Bibby HydroMap invests in new autonomous survey technology

Revolutionising Marine survey technology into the future

DriX is specifically designed with an innovative hull shape that is optimized for both coastal and offshore projects. It has been manufactured using state of the art composite materials, allowing DriX to operate with the utmost stability, guaranteeing the best possible results, with excellent and unmatched performance offshore.

In a step change for autonomous survey, DriX offers up to 7 days of data acquisition endurance at speeds of up to 14 knots. Multiple navigation options are also available, these range from full autonomy, to autopilot, remote supervisor action, a “follow-me” function and a “hovering” mode, all of which are COLREG compliant.

Initially mobilised with a dual-head Teledyne RESON SeaBat T50 integrated multibeam echosounder system to give the highest quality hydrographic data, DriX will be available to Bibby HydroMap’s existing and new customers from July 2018 and will offer increased production and productivity during survey data acquisition.

DriX will be used to supplement existing survey capability across projects undertaken by Bibby HydroMap, and performance information will form part of the continued development of the asset.

The key benefits:

• The unmanned architecture provides a longer working period

• Light weight and slim design helps to reduce the storage space on deck

• Reduced fuel consumption and ECO mode

• Compliments third party survey equipment

• Reduces the number of human support teams

iXblue, a global provider of innovative solutions and services for navigation, positioning and imaging, have developed DriX over the past 12 months to help transform the hydrographic survey market.

Bibby HydroMap are excited to make this investment and to become one of the first adopter of DriX in the UK, having worked closely with iXblue for a number of years.

“DriX is at the forefront of industry innovation, we are proud to be able to offer this revolutionary survey platform to our customers, and we are confident that it will help shape the future in methodologies of survey data collection.”

Tom Davenport, Operations Manager at Bibby HydroMap

Contatct details:

Bibby HydroMap

+44 (0)151 328 1120