The ARC-Boat: a remote controlled rapid response scour monitoring platform

Watchorn, P. and Crossouard, N. and Whitehouse, R.J.S. (2021) The ARC-Boat: a remote controlled rapid response scour monitoring platform. In: ICSE 2021 (10th International Conference on Scour and Erosion), 18 - 21 October 2021, Online.

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The assessment of scour at hydraulic structures through inspection and monitoring is a key part of scour risk management. Bathymetric data from monitoring or rapid response surveys post storm provide up-to-date information on the channel geometry and maximum scour at structures. The opportunity presents itself for the use of USVs. The ARC-Boat is a 2 m long, remotely operated survey vessel used to collect hydrometric and bathymetric data. It can be deployed close to site without the need for lengthy equipment mobilisation. Operating onshore from safety the surveyors can optimise the data in real-time. The ARC-Boat’s shallow draft and high manoeuvrability enable it to get close to structures which could be hazardous for manned survey vessels. A swath bathymetry system was integrated to accurately measure the bathymetry and morphology around a bridge. The results present significant opportunities for increased definition of erosional and depositional processes that occur around key assets.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Floods > General
Water > General
Divisions: Floods
Depositing User: Helen Stevenson
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 15:26
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 15:26

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