• David Graves

Our new Z-Boat 1250

Updated: Aug 5

SurvTech Solutions offers numerous solutions for performing hydrographic surveys in unique or difficult conditions. Utilizing a fleet of survey vessels in varying sizes and configurations, SurvTech specializes in performing hydrographic surveys in abnormal conditions and difficult-to-access locations. Some of our vessels are highly specialized in design, including an amphibious vehicle, one-person vessels, and even unmanned survey vessels (USV’s).



SurvTech now has two USV’s in the fleet, with our newest addition being a Teledyne Z-Boat 1250, which is a single beam bathymetric system. With RTK-grade positioning and a rugged design, this small USV is great for ponds and streams. The Z-Boat 1250 has a lightweight design to be deployed by a single person and is particularly adept at reaching shallow waterbodies from steep embankments. We combined it with our Hemisphere S320 GPS receiver to enable RTK-level positional accuracy and meet professional survey mapping standards. We upgraded antennas to increase survey range and paired the vessel with a rugged laptop for use in harsh environments, such as quarries, bays, streams, and estuaries.” It is also great for not-so-harsh environments such as golf course and subdivision ponds!



The USV was acquired earlier this year and has already been used it on multiple projects. While this USV is not designed for large-scale water bodies with rough sea conditions, it is designed to quickly and efficiently perform small projects hard to reach locations. Different projects require different tools, and using the right tool for the job, is key to accomplishing our goals here at SurvTech.



SurvTech utilizes the hydrographic data collected from USV’s for numerous tasks, including volumetric calculations for mining operations, cooling ponds, dredging operations, acid ponds, storm water ponds, ports, berths, and channels. This type of USV is best suited for waterbodies that don’t have boat access, are small in size, and would benefit from a quick deployment that shortens the overall survey data acquisition process.

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