Bedrock, the world’s first vertically-integrated seafloor data platform and service, today announced the launch of its full service offering: autonomous ocean surveys powered by the company’s proprietary, 100% electric autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and Mosaic™, a universal survey cloud–based, data platform for managing, accessing, and sharing any marine survey data — from any ongoing or historical survey — which is now open for beta signups.
Currently, the turnaround time of ocean floor maps take up to 12 months per survey to provide customers with usable commercial seafloor data. Bedrock’s two modern technologically-enabled services work together to accelerate commercial wind development cycles, providing survey status and data immediately — up to 10 times faster than the current solution.
With extreme weather incidents becoming increasingly common due to climate change, countries worldwide are looking for solutions to mitigate their devastating effects. Initiatives range from imposing carbon taxes and emissions limits to ambitious green energy transition plans like President Biden’s 2,000 wind turbine goal by 2030 and multilateral agreements such as the Paris Climate Accords.
Anthony DiMare, CEO and co-founder, and former SpaceX and Submarine engineer Charles Chiau, CTO and co-founder, started Bedrock to accelerate the rate and scale humans can map, understand, and use the ocean which is ultimately needed for rapid implementation of green and marine technology like offshore wind energy to fight climate change and drive planet-saving innovation for generations to come.
“The ocean is a key environment we need to deeply understand to save the planet from climate change and provide sustainable, renewable energy,” said Anthony DiMare, co-founder and CEO of Bedrock. “But right now, we simply don’t have the ability to act quickly because we lack simple, easy access to critical data on how the ocean works, starting with the seafloor. Bedrock’s vertically-integrated seafloor data platform enabled by our proprietary AUV’s, coupled with Mosaic™, is the technology needed for this new function shift to change the way we work with our oceans.”
The company’s fully electric AUVs allows Bedrock to improve the speed and efficiency of seafloor acquisition and mapping, in some circumstances delivering data that’s up to 50 times higher resolution than the best publicly available maps. It geophysically maps the ocean floor in high resolution without the need for large survey ships accelerating the rate and increasing the efficiency of seafloor data acquisition.
Bedrock AUV Survey Advantages:
- Major reduction of human risk by leveraging AUVs — no danger of navigation at sea
- 100% electric – environmentally superior to ship or surface systems
- Minimal risk of animal and environmental damage due to size, conops, and sonars that stay above the 200kHz marine mammal limits – reduction of geophysical survey permitting required
- New operational flexibility – faster to mobilize and robotics are transportable by air. Minimized impact of weather on schedule by staying below the surface and steering clear of adverse weather on the surface
- Resolution and data quality as a selectable variable of a survey
- Mosaic™ included – All data delivered, accessed, and managed in the cloud, eliminating the need to ship hard drives
Additionally, Mosaic™, the company’s data platform, is a groundbreaking step forward for the entire seafloor data ecosystem. The platform’s beta waitlist — open to the public starting today — provides all owners, users, and managers access to seafloor data enabling them to efficiently share marine survey data. It is agnostic to the data acquirer, meaning anyone that touches seafloor data from raw to processed can have a centralized place to store and work with their data.
“In order to understand the state of the ocean, we need a baseline set of measurable metrics. Bedrock collects the needed data to drive proactive actions in areas of strategic impact for progress and prevention, rather than just being reactive” said Charlie Chiau, CTO and co-founder of Bedrock. “Our platform’s first and immediate application is to accelerate offshore renewable energy projects, which now need this ability for faster and repeatable discovery and monitoring of seafloor health and status.”
Within its current services, Bedrock is launching a free tier of 50GB of private seafloor data storage, which enables anyone with an internet connection a way to publish survey data to the free, public ocean dataset, as well as easily download anything already within it. Bedrock’s goal with this is to encourage the public to contribute any obtained marine data to the public map, in the simplest way possible.
With Bedrock’s AUV-based survey approach coupled with Mosaic™, ocean-floor surveys — which are required for a myriad of critical infrastructure projects including the development, installation, and maintenance of every new offshore wind turbine — can be done faster, more efficiently, and significantly more environmentally friendly than ever before.
To learn more about how Bedrock, visit: https://www.bedrockocean.com/
About Bedrock Ocean Exploration, PBC
Bedrock, founded in 2020, is a public benefit corporation, and current Seabed 2030 partner, combining AUV technology with a universal survey data cloud platform to reduce the time, environmental impact, and cost associated with seafloor exploration. Bedrock’s technological advancements will accelerate the development of offshore wind by drastically reducing the time necessary for construction to begin on these projects.