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  • Oregon State University Leads Research Vessel Acquisition

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Oregon State University (OSU) to lead the design and acquisition for the new Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRVs). OSU enlisted Glosten to develop the contract design. The RCRVs will enable multidisciplinary research and marine environmental education. As a class of vessels, the RCRVs will be available to provide real-time data to support a wide array of science in a changing coastal environment.

    Broad Stakeholder Input Integral to Design

    While NSF selected OSU to lead the design and coordinate the construction of up to three vessels, multiple research institutions will operate the vessels. To meet this challenge, OSU engaged broad stakeholder participation ensuring that the vessels best accommodate the needs of the community. The resulting design integrates many great ideas into a flexible, wholesome class design.

    Design Resolution

    With over 50 years of successful research vessel experience, Glosten’s engineering and design team knows how to work collaboratively with clients and stakeholders. Working through the traditional design spiral, balancing conflicting requirements and making sound recommendations, is our job. Design trade-off studies, cost benefit analyses, frequent meetings, and formal presentations are the methods that the Glosten team is using to support the OSU team through final design.

    Transforming Regional Ocean Science

    These new vessels will transform regional ocean science in the United States. By increasing mission flexibility, the Regional Class will serve a broad range of users and will be ideal platforms for science, education, and training. The RCRVs will host a wide array of advanced sensors and ocean instrumentation; sample collection systems; integrated mid and shallow water acoustic multibeam bottom mapping; and a large aft deck for multidisciplinary operations. Through telepresence capabilities and satellite communications, the RCRVs will bring science at sea to classrooms, the public, and researchers ashore.

    How can we help you?

    A good design will meet the owner’s needs. It has to be constructible and within the funding limit established. We can help you bring your vessel from concept to delivery.

    The Construction of Up to Three Regional Class Research Vessels – Phases III & IV project is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
    "The team has been a dream to work with. I truly believe that these ships will be the world's greatest research ships under 200 ft. I look forward to working with Glosten to bring these vessels from paper to reality."
    -Demian Bailey, OSU Project Manager

     


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