Autonomous Maritime Systems Fundamentals (Parts A and B)

Course also known as: AMS Fundamentals

Part A (2 days) of the program provides an introduction to Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Unmanned Surface Vehicles technology, key terminology, operating concepts and system capabilities/limitations. Part B (1 day) will involve direct observation of practical deployment, operation and recovery multiple Autonomous Marine Systems.

Designed for personnel who need to start building their knowledge of Autonomous Maritime Systems, ie  both AUVs and USVs. It is ideally suited to individuals who need an understanding of Autonomous Maritime Systems, but at this stage of their careers do not need to directly operate them. 

The course is delivered through to face theory and practical exercises followed by question and answer sessions to provide candidates with optimal learning outcomes.


  • Introduction to autonomous maritime systems
  • Introduction mission profiles and planning
  • Autonomous systems workflows and teams
  • Data formats, conventions and management
  • Launch and Recovery Systems
  • Vehicle localisation, navigation and communication in the surface and underwater environments
  • Introduction to autonomous mission risks and mitigations
  • Introduction to managing lost vehicle situations
  • Introduction to hydrodynamics and hydrostatics
  • Sensing above and below the water with optics, acoustics and RF
  • Introduction to Post Mission Analysis and Vehicle Performance Analysis
  • Vehicle thrust, power and control systems
  • Autonomous systems mission scenarios and near-future capabilities
  • AUV case studies: discussions of lessons-learned
  • AMC Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) training continuum 


No prerequisite training is required.


Participants who successfully complete this course will be eligible to receive an Australian Maritime College Certificate in Autonomous Maritime Systems (AMS) Fundamentals.


  • Duration: 3 days
  • Course Options: (including GST)
    09 - 11 July 2024 | Beauty Point, TAS | $3,493
    27 - 29 August 2024 | Beauty Point, TAS | $3,493

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