Why G&C is the Right Partner for Autonomous and Unmanned Ship Innovation

May 10, 2021

Finding the right partner can be challenging, no matter the task, but when you need to develop an unmanned ship, how do you know which partner is right for you?

As an independent design agent, Gibbs & Cox is an ideal partner for small, independent teams looking to increase autonomous and unmanned ship capability while reducing overhead and associated costs.

Our Approach to Hull, Mechanical & Electrical (HM&E) Autonomy Integration

Standard with our design, our ability to monitor, predict, and diagnose protentional performance deteriorations and failures in an HM&E system is critical to the success of a long-term unmanned ship deployment, which is essential to our clients’ success.

In order to achieve long durations without human intervention, we collaborate with industry and R&D leaders in HM&E system design, reliability, and Artificial Intelligence to develop unmanned ships that can meet these standards.

Below are several features that are key to the development of HM&E Autonomy Systems. G&C is an experienced provider of each service:

  • Robust HM&E system with redundant elements and interconnectivities
  • MOSA (Modular Open Systems Architecture) software implementation including reusable interfaces to both higher level autonomy elements and HM&E components
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-based machinery automation
  • Embedded sensors
  • Active learning

Developing Cutting-Edge Unmanned and Autonomous Vessel Designs our Customers Can Trust

From concept to sustainment, Gibbs & Cox combines decades of cutting-edge naval architecture with industry leading marine engineering original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to provide our clients with a product they can trust. We partner with innovative, cross-domain Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution providers and reputable shipyards to deliver the best value for our clients.

Our dedication to the advancement of autonomous and unmanned ships has led us to win several notable awards, including:

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