Autonomous Maritime Systems Laboratory (AMSL)

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AMSL is a University of Tasmania capability within the College of Science and Engineering, co-sponsored by the Australian Maritime College(AMC) and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS).

Evolving from a world-leading operator of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) in extreme polar environments and Australia’s leading AUV training program, AMSL is now supporting University of Tasmania research and teaching programs and expanding into the defence sector and commercial maritime industries as a trusted provider of Autonomous Maritime Systems (AMS).

Key areas of services available through AMSL include:

  • Antarctic Under Ice Shelves/Sea Ice Exploration
  • Deep Ocean Seafloor Survey
  • Maritime Infrastructure Inspections
  • Coastal Environmental Monitoring
  • Deep Lake Capability for Multi/Cross Platform Testing
  • Full spectrum AMS training

AMSL is situated at the UTAS Newnham Campus, operating as a facility of the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. AMSL is governed by an Advisory Committee reporting to an Executive consisting of the AMC Principal and IMAS Executive Director. AMSL business is administered through AMC-Search, the training and consultancy division of AMC.

The AMSL AUV Fleet

Explorer nupiri muka

Our flagship AUV ‘nupiri muka’, which means ‘eye of the sea’ in the Tasmanian aboriginal palawa kani language, is an International Submarine Engineering Explorer-class AUV rated to 5000m depth with up to 48 hours of endurance. It has completed two recent Antarctic campaigns, exploring the extreme environment beneath ice shelves and sea ice and is ready for deep ocean survey.

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REMUS 100

Our Hydroid REMUS-100 is a low-logistics option that is ideal for survey, mapping and environmental monitoring tasks for marine research, defence, hydrographic and offshore/energy industries. It is also used extensively in our training programs.

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Blue ROVs

The Blue Robotics BlueROVs are a small but capable open-platform remotely operated vehicle providing a stable platform for subsea imaging, inspection, and interaction. Units can be customized for job-specific tasks as required.

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AMSL Operational Domains and Services

Antarctica

Antarctica

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Deep Ocean

Deep Ocean

Coastal

Coastal

Lakes and Dams

Lakes and Dams

Research Higher Degree and Teaching

Research Higher Degree and Teaching

Training/Professional Development

Training/Professional Development

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The AMSL Team

Konrad Zurcher

Konrad Zurcher

Research Engineer
Damien Guihen

Damien Guihen

AMS Specialist
Isak Bowden-Floyd

Isak Bowden-Floyd

AUV Engineer
Reuben Kent

Reuben Kent

Project Engineer
Rowan Frost

Rowan Frost

Project Engineer

Contact AMSL

  • AMSL Lead – Guy Williams: guy.williams@utas.edu.au
  • Defence and Commercial– Chris White: chris.white@utas.edu.au
  • Facility Manager – Peter King: peter.king@utas.edu.au