Subsea7 has designed a new autonomous inspection vehicle (AIV) in partnership with SeeByte, which will be introduced at the Subsea Australasia Conference in Perth later this week.

The AIV is currently undergoing thorough performance and qualification testing. Subsea 7‘s Asia vice president Dick Martin said it represents the next step in the evolution of autonomous systems in the marine environment.

"The system is programmed to recognise, through its sensors, specific subsea infrastructure configurations," said Martin. "By comparing what it sees to its world model, the vehicle knows where it is and will then complete its mission accordingly."

The easily-manoeuvrable vehicle has employed the use of advanced simulation to practical testing to ensure the performance of the system around subsea infrastructure.

The company said that the system is an effective solution for fixed platforms in remote areas and also offers quick post-hurricane inspections and environmental monitoring services within the offshore renewable market.

Martin will present an entire session about advances in autonomous underwater vehicle technologies at the Subsea Australasia Conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference is Australia’s largest subsea event and is a joint initiative between Subsea Energy Australia, Subsea UK, the Society for Underwater Technology and the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference.