Aurigo Software and University of Florida team up for underwater mapping breakthrough
Aurigo Software, a leading provider of capital planning and construction management software for infrastructure and private owners, is partnering with the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to develop an innovative system for underwater surveying, mapping and inspection, provisionally named Bathydrone.
The current process to gather data for new underwater construction or the inspection of existing assets such as bridges, docks and levees consists of manual surveying from divers or survey sensors mounted to a boat. With the new, safer and more efficient Bathydrone system, a drone drags a small vessel on the water’s surface, eliminating the need for manual surveying. The vessel is equipped with a COTS sonar unit mounted on its bottom. The sonar unit has down-scan, sidescan and chirp capabilities and logs data onboard the console, which is located inside the hull. Data can then be retrieved post-mission from the console and plotted in various ways.