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Ultrabeam Hydrographic scoops digital award for its pioneering work

27 | Nov | 2018

Ultrabeam Hydrographic has won Best Digital Innovation in the Marine Category in the Cornwall Live EDGE Awards 2018.

The EDGE Awards were set up in 2017 to celebrate Cornwall’s place as one of the fastest-growth areas for digital and tech businesses in the country. This year, the awards have highlighted digital innovation across a number of sectors where Cornwall is leading the way, including marine technology.

Ultrabeam Hydrographic was set up by Managing Director Andy McLeay and Technical Director Gabriel Walton, both of whom have outstanding industry experience in hydrographic surveying. The company is focused on providing ultra-high resolution hydrographic survey solutions for clients around the world who have marine based assets.

In the last year, Ultrabeam Hydrographic has developed the Ultra-USV, a unique type of small craft which is powered by 4 electric thrusters in a vectored thrust layout. This thruster configuration means the craft can make precisely controlled movements in any direction. This technology has been described as a real game-changer for the industry.

Currently based in Penzance in Cornwall, the company is already looking to expand into new premises at Hayle (one of the three Marine Hub Cornwall Enterprise Zone sites) and is recruiting three more staff.

Commenting on the award, Managing Director Andy McLeay said:

“Winning the ‘Digital Innovation in Marine’ category is great news for us. As a relatively young company, this is our first award, so it is especially exciting. It is fantastic to receive this vote of confidence in our technology and wonderful to be part of this vibrant business community, with all the support it offers. Cornwall is an outstanding location for our marine tech business.”

Marine Hub Cornwall Operations Director, Matt Hodson said:

“This is another great example of the groundbreaking innovations that are coming out of Cornwall and having an impact on marine technology around the world. It is really inspiring to be working alongside these pioneering businesses. Many congratulations to Ultrabeam Hydrographic.”

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