Scientific Engineering Group

The Scientific Engineering Group is responsible for the management, preparation and operation of a diverse range of equipment within the National Marine Equipment Pool; from the low tech deck winch to the high tech ROV Isis. This scientific equipment is deployed on the RRS Discovery, RRS James Cook as well as a range of other vessels including those operated by British Antarctic Survey and European barter partners. The Scientific Engineering Group comprises a number of specialist teams as follows.

  • Lebus split winch

    Base Engineering

    Base Engineering is responsible for the maintenance and certification of the “heavier” equipment such as winches, corers and lab containers. A wide range of electro mechanical skills are needed in this group to cater for the diverse range of equipment. Read more about Base Engineering

  • TOBI

    Deep Platforms

    Deep Platforms are responsible for a range of heavily instrumented towed, autonomous and remotely operated vehicles. The staff are heavily biased towards the electronic, computing and instrumentation end of the skill spectrum, though some specialist mechanical input is essential. Read more about Deep Platforms

  • ADCP on a mooring

    Sensors and Moorings

    Sensors and Moorings are responsible for a large range of instruments that are deployed in profiling, shallow towed or moored applications. Great care and attention to detail during preparation is essential to ensure the reliable and consistent operation of instrumentation that can be in the ocean for up to 24 months in the case of moored installations. Read more about Sensors and Moorings

  • Winch read-out

    Ship Scientific Systems

    Ship Scientific Systems is responsible for the scientific equipment and computer systems that are permanently fitted to the NMF research vessels. These include a suite of acoustic sensors, sea surface / meteorological data gathering systems and data logging devices. The group is also responsible for the scientific and general communications equipment. Read more about Ship Scientific Systems


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