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Generous ROV donation received by the School of Surveying

Tuesday 30 October 2018 3:37pm

Thanks to a generous donation from Alexander Waugh, Business Development Manager for Fugro, the School of Surveying now have our very own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

The BlueROV2 is a modular ‘build your own’ type system with open source running software. Our new system has a camera, temperature and pressure sensors. To this we plan to add underwater positioning capabilities that will enhance our hydrographic surveying papers as well as research in Surveying, Marine Science and Physics.

ROV- Blue robotics
Bluesonic ROV - [Source:]

For hydrography and marine science applications, it can be used to ground-truth acoustic measurements and provide high-quality images (we are currently borrowing cameras or using GoPros with torches for drop camera operations to do this). It also greatly enhances safety as it reduces the need for divers in the water. For Antarctic oceanographic work, the vehicle has potential to add to an existing framework of sensors for quantifying frazil crystal fluxes from beneath ice shelves that currently includes a 4-frequency acoustic sounder, CTDs and ADCPs.

We have a 3rd year student lined up to help us get to grips with our new piece of gear by testing it in the local environment, developing operating procedures for university use and interacting with researchers at Otago to identify potential future users and applications.

Thank you again to Alexander for this fabulous enhancement to our hydrography toolkit.

More information on the ROV can be found at

To connect with Alexander Waugh visit