Safe operation of AUVs – new publication from IMCAPublications // April 28, 2009
Increasing commercial use of autonomous underwater vehicles for subsea surveying tasks has led to the publication of ‘Considerations for the Safe Operations of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)’ (IMCA S011) by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).
“Aimed at those using AÚVs in the offshore oil and gas and submarine cable industries, our new publication is intended to brief its readers on some of the basic aspects of safe AUV operations, including mission planning and launch and recovery,” explained Jane Bugler, Technical Director of IMCA.
In addition, in the brief and easy to read document, there are sections on environmental considerations, power, on-site AUV maintenance, unplanned mission termination, manual handling and lifting; and on the competence and training of personnel.
“Many aspects of the operation of AUVs are similar to the operation of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and therefore covered by other IMCA publications – we give relevant references, where appropriate, in the new document,” added Bugler.
She explains: “In addition to AUVs for commercial use there are a large number being used for scientific research and military operations, but consideration of such research and military use is beyond the scope of our new publication, which is confined to the current commercial use of AUVs in the offshore oil and gas and submarine cable industries, where they are increasingly becoming industry worktools for acquiring multi-beam, sub-bottom profiler and side scan sonar data.”
Copies of ‘Considerations for the Safe Operations of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)’ are available at £2.50 for members (who can also download the document in pdf form free of charge) and £5.00 for non-members from IMCA at www.imca-int.com. IMCA is at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7824 5521 and firstname.lastname@example.org.