HyBIS: a new concept in versatile, 6000-m rated robotic underwater vehicles

Murton, Bramley J.; Huhnerbach, Veit; Garrard, Jo. 2012 HyBIS: a new concept in versatile, 6000-m rated robotic underwater vehicles. In: Roberts, G.N.; Sutton, R., (eds.) Further Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles. Stevenage, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 45-67, 459pp. (IET Control Engineering Series, 77).

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The philosophy behind the HyBIS instrument is to develop a technological solution that addresses the specific requirements of the user. Rather than provide a comprehensive engineering capability in a single system (e.g. an ROV), we used the specific scientific needs of the user to inform the design and development of the technology. The result is surprising: a versatile technology, modular in design, that has a low capital cost and is relatively easy to operate. We believe that this approach is both efficient and cost effective. For a fraction of the capital and running cost of a conventional ROV, the HyBIS system meets many of the users' needs. Ensuring that excess capacity and common formats are designed in from the start, the instrument can be easily expanded and developed to meet future requirements. Key to the success of this approach is knowing exactly what the user needs and distinguishing this from what the user thinks they want. This requires a bi-lateral process of information flow: educating both the engineer and the user so that each knows what can be achieved and what is actually required.

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