Development of an unmanned surface vehicle for remote sediment sampling with a van veen grab sampler

Jun Han Bae, Byung Cheol Min, Shaocheng Luo, Shyam Sundar Kannan, Yogang Singh, Bumjoo Lee, Richard M. Voyles, Mauricio Postigo Malaga, Edgar Gonzales Zenteno, Lizbeth Paredes Aguilar

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Sediment sampling is one of the essential activities to sediment monitoring, and it is typically performed manually. However, manual sediment sampling has limitations such as inaccessibility, contamination, or unavailability of the equipment. Based on these limitations, there is a need to make such manual sampling remotely through use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) that have been pertinent for various applications such as hydrographic survey and water quality monitoring with the growing advances in their technologies. In this paper, we propose a novel USV, the SMARTBoat 7, equipped with a Van Veen grab sampler for sampling sediment in water environments such as rivers, streams, lakes, and pond. We present details of the developed USV, including its physical specification and a control system architecture for remote sediment sampling. We validate the effectiveness of the developed USV through field experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780578576183
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event2019 OCEANS MTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2019 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 27 Oct 201931 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameOCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2019


Conference2019 OCEANS MTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is partially supported through the NSF Center for Robots and Sensors for the Human Well-Being (RoSeHUB), under grant CNS-143971 and the Arequipa Nexus Institute.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Marine Technology Society.


  • Grab sampler
  • Sediment sampling
  • Unmanned surface vehicles
  • Van Veen grab sampler


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