Case Studies

XOCEAN – A Clearer view of the bottom


XOCEAN is an innovative data company providing full unmanned Over The Horizon operations to energy, offshore wind, and government clients across Europe and the US. Founded in 2017 and based in Carlingford, Ireland, XOCEAN's focus is on data and providing seabed, water column, and environmental data to its clients.

The Right Technology for Fully Remote Operations:

Operating with a focus on safety, quality, cost control, and carbon-neutrality, XOCEAN uses a variety of equipment in its survey work, including multibeam systems, sub-bottom profilers, side-scan sonars, and magnetometers. To manage its vessels over long distances offshore, XOCEAN uses computing power on board to run as many systems as possible, including acquisition software for multibeam systems. This allows XOCEAN to manage and control surveys remotely over satellite connections.

XOCEAN's Use of R2Sonic Systems:

XOCEAN uses the Sonic multibeam echosounder systems for bathymetry surveys and asset integrity inspection surveys, with dual Sonic 2024 in Ultra High Definition mode for subsea structures such as pipelines. Recently, XOCEAN used a Sonic 2024 for a project on the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm in the UK, achieving exceptional data quality results despite challenging weather conditions and wave heights.

Continuing Operations Amid COVID-19:

XOCEAN has continued to support clients on essential and safety-critical operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its entire team, including USV pilots and online surveyors, works remotely from home offices. Remote systems like XOCEAN's are important for the future.

Looking Forward:

XOCEAN currently operates a fleet of 8 USVs with 4 more under construction, providing turnkey data collection services in a safe and sustainable way to surveyors, companies, and agencies worldwide.

XOCEAN recently delivered a site investigation survey on Ørsted’s Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm, the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Find the details of the survey on

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