Innovation Award recognises cutting-edge ARCboat
HR Wallingford has been presented with an innovation award at a ceremony for the South and Vale Business Awards held at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove on Friday 15 March 2019. The MSC R&D Award for Established Innovation celebrates businesses that have developed new ideas, products and methods that can benefit society, and which are actively selling an innovative product or service.
The judges highlighted HR Wallingford’s expertise and innovation in flood and water management and, in particular, its development of the cutting-edge ARCboat which the company has designed and now distributes worldwide. The ARCboat is a remotely Operated Survey Vehicle (ROSV) which is used to survey river, lake and shallow coastal water environments.
Peter Watchorn, Senior Surveyor ub HR Wallingford’s Equipment,Technology and Innovation Group, said: “We initially designed the ARCboat to meet the needs of the Environment Agency whose monitoring teams find the vessel an invaluable tool for surveying rivers and other water bodies. Having a mobile platform able to deliver advance knowledge of water levels and flow provides valuable information to help to limit the effects of potentially damaging flooding events. The Environment Agency also uses the ARCboat – which is very environmentally-friendly - to assess the health of our rivers by helping to identify habitats suitable for fish, for example.”