Rice Associates, Inc.




Rice Associates has expanded its in-house hydrographic capabilities with the purchase of the EchoBoat-ASV-G2™, a portable, autonomously controlled survey platform developed for hydrographic survey applications. The multi-payload vehicle features portability, improved thrust, and large payload capacity. It is manufactured from high quality marine materials and components and easily disassembles for transport and shipping.

Work environments include lakes, ponds, and harbors.

The mission planner application runs on a base station laptop connected through a radio telemetry link, and displays the vehicle’s graphical position and progress against a background map of the survey area. Battery voltage, current, and capacity remaining is monitored via this link using GPS position and heading available in real time on the shore via RF telemetry.

For professional hydrographic surveying, the EchoBoat may be customized to individual customer requirements. The boat is turnkey survey-grade system, the EchoBoat is outfitted with singlebeam systems.

The EchoBoat is compatible with hydrographic data acquisition software called HYPACK, and uses the standard NMEA data format for data interface.