Marine Institute Officially Opens its Underwater Exploration Laboratory



A small remotely operated vehicle cut the ribbon Tuesday, as the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University officially opened its $440,000 Underwater Exploration Laboratory, which houses state-of-the-art simulation software and equipment. The lab is used by the School of Ocean Technology to enhance the education of students in the field of subsea robotics and to assist in ocean mapping research.


In the underwater exploration lab, students learn to pilot ROVs and hone their skills in executing complex underwater tasks in a safe environment – training with the same technology used by industry.


Researchers also use the lab to visualize data in high-fidelity, including a team led by the Marine Institute’s Canada Research Chair in Ocean Mapping, Dr. Katleen Robert, who heads the 4D OCEANS Lab focused on mapping the spatial complexity of the ocean from the seafloor to surface.