OI 2018

at Oceanology international 2018


Mar 13, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
London, Excel




Happy Hours


Come and join us for Happy Hours! This will be the perfect opportunity for us to discuss your projects and present you with our innovative products and solutions, including DriX, our new unmanned surface vessel and a brand new subsea positioning solution that we will be launching during OI!


Tuesday, March 13th – 04:00 p.m. – 07:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14th – 04:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.




DriX live demonstrations


Make sure to drop by the dockside exhibition area to attend live demonstrations of DriX, our new multi-purpose autonomous surface vessel. With proven offshore navigation capabilities and a top speed unique in its category, DriX offers better efficiency for all key players on the Ocean Science and Energy markets, even in harsh environments.


Demonstrations will take place every day from March 13-15, 2018 : 

· 10:15 a.m.

· 11:15 a.m.

· 02:00 p.m.

· 03:30 p.m.







Session: Developments in Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques



Seapix: A Multi-Usage Multibeam Sonar for Ocean Observation and Hydrography 
Speaker: Frederic Mosca, Head of Sonar Systems division


Tuesday 13 March 2018

02:20 p.m. – 02:35 p.m.

South Gallery Room 5




“SeapiX is a new 3D multibeam echosounder (MBES) with an original architecture using a steerable symmetric Mills Cross. This configuration allows to image water column and sea bottom in both athwart ship and fore-and-aft direction. Furthermore, steering capability in transmit and receive allows a volume coverage of 120◦ × 120◦ under ship with 1.6◦ × 1.6◦ beam aperture on the antenna axis. 64 beams are acquired per ping in the frequency range of 145–155 kHz using monochromatic or frequency modulated burst.


Transmitted beams are stabilized in roll or pitch according with the transmitted mode and receiving beams are motion compensated using an embedded inertial motion unit. This MBES has been designed to be installed on any type of vessel and multiple configuration are possible.

First developed applications are to enhance fishing strategies as long as to provide innovating tools for scientists.Today SeapiX equipped more than 50 fishing vessels and several scientific institutions.


This presentation will describe main characteristics of the system, field results and the huge potential of this new product”


To know more about SeapiX: http://seapix.ixblue.com/



Session: Expanding Capabilities of Unmanned Vehicles



 DriX, A New Approach to Versatile and Efficient Unmanned Surface Solutions
Speaker: Guillaume Eudeline, Business Developer


Wednesday 14 March 2018

11:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

South Gallery Room 3 & 4




“The use of Unmanned Surface Vehicles in the fields of Energy and Ocean Sciences as an effect multiplier is a cost effective solution. Yet, if the industry has gone a long way from automatic, it hasn’t reached the level of full autonomy for a number of reasons. Among which:

Surveyors are on site for reasons ranging from data collection validation to the prices of data transmissions via SATCOMS;

An unmanned vessel needs to be to comply with COLREG regulation and legislation on the matter is blurred;

A support vessel acts as a technical trouble shooter.


The trend of History probably heads towards a full operative independence for packs of drones. But it is not the case yet.

The industrial offer should go with that trend rather than trying to precede it. Providing a core system of systems made of a vessel and a drone, which could be extended to a pack of drones as the customer’s needs grow.


And that means resorting to clever and innovative solutions such as using:

Drones which can easily be integrated to form a pack,

Transmission relays (fitted buoys, support vessels…) with radio frequencies or WIFI instead of SATCOMS and still be able to conduct Beyond Line Of Sight operations,

Basic Artificial Intelligence to have the drones operate independently or within a pack under a support vessel supervision.


In a nutshell, that would be offering a system of system, reliable and cost effective with the best of the proven technologies available today and ready for future breakthrough. This is the challenge iXblue is addressing today around DriX, its new multirole Unmanned Surface Vessel, borned with a level of autonomy which allows it to be cost effective today, and ready for full autonomy in the future.“


 To know more about DriX: https://www.ixblue.com/products/drix