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AMC's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) facility is set to become one of the best equipped globally.

AUVs are unmanned underwater vehicles that are remotely programmed to survey the ocean's depths and collect data on research missions. Fitted with tools such as sonars, they return information that helps detect and map the seabed and objects beneath the ocean's surface and from below ice sheets.

AMC's state-of-the-art AUVs enable a broad range of scientific, industry and defence related projects by facilitating exploration and data collection in remote and inhospitable locations.

Deployments to date include pinpointing the best location for tidal energy turbines; providing a picture of seafloor conditions underneath fish pens; mapping sea urchins in Tasmania; and industry-partnered seafloor surveying and mapping.

As of 2017, our powerful new under-ice AUV will enable exploration in inhospitable and remote polar regions, helping scientists understand the Antarctic environment and how changes to it affect the global climate.


AMC's facility comprises the following vehicles:

  • UBC-Gavia: A small but powerful AUV that can perform oceanographic surveys remote locations.
  • Mullaya: An AUV designed for hydrodynamic testing and development.
  • A new AUV designed for under-ice Antarctic exploration is set to arrive in 2017 as part of the Antarctic Gateway Partnership.

The AUV facility is run by a team of global experts in AUV engineering and research. Contact the AUV team.

AMC Videos

Professor Neil Bose talks about the plan to build the next generation of underwater vehicles

Find out more about our new AUV designed for under-ice Antarctic exploration