Design files and LabVIEW VIs for the Arctic Research Center Autonomous Boat (ARCAB)

Published: 8 June 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/287wmj4mzj.2
Daniel Carlson,


These design files can be used to recreate an affordable and portable autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) that can safely obtain bathymetry and ocean current measurements in dangerous environments. The Arctic Research Centre Autonomous Boat (ARCAB) is a student-built ASV that can be transported on a euro-pallet and operated from a small boat and from shore. ARCAB has a minimum battery life of 2 hours and accommodates a SonTek M9 RiverSurveyor system for bathymetry and ocean current measurements. ARCAB is controlled by a National Instruments myRIO-1900 and features autonomous waypoint navigation, obstacle avoidance, and return-to-home functionality.



Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus Universitet Institut for Bioscience, Aarhus Universitet Ingeniorhojskolen


Oceanography, Hydrography, Mechatronics, Ocean