Unique Group adds iXblue Gaps M7 USBL to its US pool of rental equipment

Leading integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group announces the purchase of an iXblue Gaps M7 USBL (Ultra Short Base Line) acoustic positioning and communication system. This new addition will be placed in Unique Group’s rental pool of equipment and made available to clients across the Americas.

Ajay Kottaye, Survey Business Manager – Americas, at Unique Group commented: “USBL positioning systems have been highly sought after by clients due to the increase in geophysical projects in the US. Such projects push the vertical-horizontal tracking range and accuracies to extremities, with an understanding of these requirements Unique Group has invested in the iXblue Gaps M7 USBL and added it to our rental pool so that clients can choose the best solution for their projects. Gaps M7 is an integrated solution that makes USBL (Ultra Short Base Line) underwater positioning extremely simple to operate from any vessel of opportunity, using a portable and truly pre-calibrated USBL head coupled with internal INS (Inertial Navigation System) and GNSS.”

Offering unrivaled horizontal tracking capabilities and very high-precision geo-referenced positioning performance from extremely shallow water depths to 4,000 meters, Gaps M7 can be used for various applications such as ROV, AUV, gliders, tow fish tracking and dynamic positioning to name a few. Easy to install and operate thanks to its compact size and light weight, Gaps M7 can be deployed from small vessels of opportunity with a reduced crew onboard or on instrumented buoys. Embedding its own inertial navigation system, Gaps M7 does not require any on-the-field calibration, making it ready to use right away and translating into operational time savings and efficiency on the field.

“We would like to thank Unique Group for their renewed trust and continued support in our subsea navigation and positioning technology. We are also pleased to see that our Gaps M7 USBL systems continue to provide highly accurate subsea positioning for their clients across the Americas.” states Euan Mackay, Business Development Manager at iXblue, Inc.