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Bose, N and Hayes, D and Griffiths, G (2007) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Operations - Needs of New Users. In: Masterclass in AUV Technology for Polar Science. Proceedings of the International Masterclass, 28-30 March 2006. National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Society for Underwater Technology London, UK, pp. 69-78. ISBN 0 906940 48 6

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To date most autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) operators have also been heavily involved in the development of the vehicles, but as the technology matures, increasingly more users are becoming involved in operations and these operators see the AUVs primarily as tools for industry/commercial and science missions. This chapter addresses the needs of new users making decisions on whether and how to operate AUV(s) within their organisation. The aspects considered include: personnel, funding, insurance and safety. Personnel issues include recruitment, skills and education, training and management. Funding is required for capital, operating, maintenance and repairs, upgrades and replacement. Insurance is a large cost item and is affected by the very small numbers of users. Safety issues include safety of the vehicle itself and safety of others due to operations of the vehicle: loss and recovery, damage during launch, collisions, operating protocols, regulations and legal issues, operating personnel and support vessels.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: autonomous underwater vehicle
Publisher: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Society for Underwater Technology London
Page Range: pp. 69-78
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2008 00:12
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:30
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