Improving usability and interoperability of autonomous and remote operated marine survey vessels

The popularity of autonomous survey vessels (ASVs) are rapidly increasing due to their low-cost, efficiency, ease of operations, and safety benefits. These systems are applied to ocean mapping survey operations that would have traditionally been completed by small, crewed vessels using either single beam or multibeam echosounder systems. To maintain the simplicity of the ASV, the remote-controlled propulsion system is often separate from the onboard sonar and positioning hardware system.