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Hydroid, NOAA sponsor 2014 AUV hydrographic bootcamp

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Univ. of New Hampshire's Judd Gregg Marine Science ComplexThe AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp will take place 3-8 August 2014 at the University of New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg Marine Science Complex in New Castle, NH.

The symposium will focus on developing new methods of AUV operations, data collection, processing and display, co-sponsored by Hydroid Inc. and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey (NOAA).

Hydroid is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

The intensive six-day course will teach participants how to operate AUVs to collect bathymetric data for nautical charting and the how to process data to create hydrographic-quality survey products.

The course is designed for AUV operators, commercial software developers, engineers, researchers, and graduate students, and designed with a small group environment, both in the field in Portsmouth Harbor and ashore.

“Hydroid is proud to sponsor the AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp this year,” said Duane Fotheringham, president. “Participants are given the unique opportunity to experiment with AUVs and contribute to their advancement. AUVs have tremendous capabilities, and the Bootcamp will demonstrate their amazing applications to a new and eager audience.”

The course is a collaboration between The Coastal Sediments, Hydrodynamics and Engineering Laboratory (CSHEL) at the University of Delaware, and The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the University of New Hampshire.

NOAA will be operating a Hydroid REMUS 600 equipped with a Kongsberg EM3002 multibeam sonar.

For more information on the 2014 AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp, visit http://ccom.unh.edu/auv-bootcamp-2014

This field camp was last held in August 2012, and great photos are available on the CCOM Flickr site

Photo at right (from Univ. of New Hampshire): The 325-foot marine research pier at the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex provides essential berth space for the UNH fleet, including the R/V Gulf Challenger, R/V Coastal Surveyor, R/V Cocheco, and a number of smaller research vessels on a floating dock system.

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