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Shallow Water Bathymetric Survey Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M218CNRMW0030
Agency Tracking Number: 18-1-018
Amount: $119,828.75
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.9
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2018-1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-16
Small Business Information
16 Great Hallow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Unavailable
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 (603) 640-2446
Business Contact
 Robert  Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 640-2487
Research Institution

Ship groundings can cause sever environmental damage to the delicate ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, and beaches. At present, survey work is performed by hand – a method that is inefficient and difficult to perform reliably. Improved bottom survey tools are clearly needed to evaluate the extent and type of damage and assist in determining remediation efforts.

Creare proposals to develop an Autonomous Bathymetric Survey System (ABSS) that allows the operator to obtain highly detailed surveys, determine the extent of damage and understand bottom type. Creare’s ABSS uses novel sensor technology to augment traditional bathymetric sounding techniques. Our technology provides improved resolution and detects underwater vegetation to assist in determining whether seagrass beds have been damaged. During Phase I. we will demonstrate the technology through a series for open water surveys

The ABSS is intended for use in near shore survey work to document erosion, monitor erosion mitigation effects and plan coastal and beachfront development efforts. We expect an attractive commercial market for technology, particularly in light of the growth in sales of autonomous platforms for shallow water survey work.

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