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World AUV Market Forecast 2012-2016

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Major AUV market growth forecast

The 4th edition of Douglas-Westwood’s World AUV Market Forecast expects major market growth over the next five years. The size of the existing fleet of reportedly active vehicles, stands at 560 in 2012 (up from 390 in 2009) and Douglas-Westwood forecast this to rise to 930 by 2016.

Sectors of the AUV market are already rapidly maturing and the value of the technology is receiving widespread acceptance in applications such as deepwater seabed mapping for the oil & gas industry, in ocean research and mine counter-measures surveys. The sector is also evolving, with pre-commercial activity evident in oil & gas life-of-field and pipeline inspections, together with increasing use of low-logistics vehicles and those designed for shallower waters and flexible deployments. In addition there are potentially significant developments in many areas such as civil hydrography programmes and for ultra-long endurance missions in both the ocean research and military sectors.

Awareness is growing with AUVs receiving increased media coverage since their involvement in the post-incident monitoring of the Macondo blow-out in the US Gulf of Mexico and in the search for the flight data recorders from Air France flight 447 off Brazil.

The World AUV Market Forecast 2012-2016 contains:

  • Identification and discussion of key underlying drivers and their influence on the global AUV market by sector
  • Forecast activity 2012 to 2016, segmented by region & sector
  • Segmentation by demand for AUV units
  • Segmentation by commercial, military & research sectors
  • Review of developments in technology
  • Review of commercial landscape
  • Complimentary Volume 2: Technology & Applications discussing the technology of underwater vehicles.

Why buy the report?

This unique report goes beyond a complete breakdown and forecast for the key AUV sectors and provides unique insight and analysis gained from Douglas-Westwood’s many years' experience of tracking the industry and providing commercial advisory services to AUV sector investors, manufacturers and operators.

The World AUV Market Forecast 2012-2016 is essential for financial institutions, technology developers, manufacturers and distributors, agencies and organisations responsible for mapping and monitoring the marine environment, offshore construction and rig move/drilling companies, oil & gas companies and survey organisations wanting to better understand where and when to make investment decisions.

  • 4th edition of the original industry report
  • Geared to meet senior executives’ needs in business planning and decision making
  • Assumes no previous reader knowledge of the subject area
  • Information sourced DW's extensive in-house databases and consultation with AUV manufacturers and operators
  • Benefit from DW’s industry forecasting expertise developed over many years
  • A concise, sector-by-sector format allows for targeted view of markets
  • All data is presented clearly and accessibly.

Technology & Applications

A detailed review of unmanned underwater vehicles, defining the respective roles of AUVs, ROVs and USVs, the technology involved and their applications is included in a separate Volume 2. This describes the development of the industry and gives many examples of the various types of AUVs, ROVs, & USVs. Individual sections discuss the fundamental technologies of positioning and obstacle avoidance; main vehicle components such as umbilical cables, tooling, survey sensors, cameras and manipulators.

Part of an acclaimed series

The World AUV Market Forecast 2012-2016 is the latest in an acclaimed series of business studies used by organisations in over 70 countries. These include financial institutions, oil & gas majors, OEMs, contractors, and government departments & agencies worldwide.

Document Contents

Volume 1: The World AUV Market Forecast

A concise market study specifically focusing on the AUV industry and its growth prospects over the next five years.

Summary & Conclusions – keys findings from the report
Introduction to AUVs – introduction to inspection, survey, military & research AUVs and gliders. Review of commercial, military and research applications. Technology trends
Competitive Landscape – manufacturers and commercial operators
Market Drivers– detailed by commercial, military & research sectors
The World AUV Market Forecast – introduction, the forecasting process, potential for upside, global forecast, commercial, military & research markets forecast by sub-sector for each market.

Volume 2: Technology and Applications

A detailed overview covering all types of unmanned marine vehicles.

Introduction – types of unmanned vehicles and alternatives
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) – introduction, classification and evolution
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) – introduction, classification and evolution
Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) – introduction, classification and evolution
Technology – autonomy, user interface & control systems, simulation & visualisation, communications hull forms, materials & buoyancy, power & propulsion, launch & recovery, manipulators & tooling and positioning & navigation
Applications – introduction, oil & gas, marine renewables, survey, telecommunications & power cables, nuclear industry, seabed resources, research, military and security & safety.


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