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Innova selects Sonardyne for ROV contract

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Specialist subsea engineering and technology, Innova AS has selected acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd., for two new in-field resident remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) being built in Norway.

Each ROV will be installed with a co-housed Sonardyne SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx doppler velocity log (DVL) to provide tightly coupled navigation data that will support a variety of survey and inspection missions in water depths up to 4000 m.


The contract was announced on the opening day of the Seabed Mapping and Inspection conference. The two ROVs are being built by IKM Technology, this time for delivery to IKM Subsea, who has contracted Innova to supply various on-board sensors, including the navigation system, as part of the vehicle’s development programme. 

The all-in-one design of SPRINT-Nav makes installation on AUVs and ROVs straightforward, saves payload space and, importantly, improves subsea navigation integrity. The design also features a high accuracy pressure sensor that can be removed in the field for re-calibration and still allow the SPRINT-Nav unit to be deployed.

Sonardyne’s SPRINT makes use of acoustic aiding from data sources including USBL, LBL and DVL and pressure sensors to improve the accuracy, precision and reliability of subsea vehicle positioning.

Innova’s client will be among the first to benefit from Sonardyne’s third generation SPRINT, which is smaller than previous models and features dual data outputs to support survey and ROV teams. 

Syrinx DVL provides tight beam level aiding to SPRINT, allowing for unprecedented positioning performance, even if one or two DVL beams are unavailable. It differs from other 600 kHz DVLs on the market in that it offers a high altitude (up to 175 m) navigation capability that is usually only available from a 300 kHz DVL with the high precision and accuracy of a 1200 kHz DVL.

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