What do you do when you’re in an industry that has many movers and shakers, many ideas floating on the surface, but no clear organized hub from which to extract said information? Easy. You start an organization whose mission it is to make that central educational hub a reality. Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Applications Center (AUVAC) is that organization when it comes to the Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (AUV) industry.
AUVAC contacted us with the goal of advancing the development, utilization, and integration of AUV systems worldwide. We helped them to move towards this goal by creating a website that provides a tool for end-users to host their content related to the AUV industry, as well as research trending industry happenings. At the core of the concept for this site was the idea to have a well organized and easily searchable catalog of AUVs and related technologies. The idea was to build the site in a way that it would become the virtual "hub" for the AUV community. As such, it also needed to be built in a way that would be easy to expand upon, as new products, research information, or relevant industry news came about.
“There were many moving parts to what we envisioned in hosting an online hub,” said AUVAC Co-Founder Richard Blidberg. “We weren’t sure how to achieve what we were looking to offer the community, and if it would even work and be able to sustain itself. We turned to Boldwerks to aid us in making our collaborative thoughts a living, fully realized entity. The growth and rate of user engagement has been outstanding. I’m excited about where we are now, and what the future looks like as we move forward.”
Over a one year span (2012) the traffic to AUVAC’s site grew 92%. The 40,000 visitors that arrived to the site resided in 159 different countries – a testament to the audience that utilizes AUVAC as a resource, and as a valued member of the extensive AUV community. The site is a working informational hub that showcases up-to-date breaking industry news, as well as resources that speak to what’s going on with industry product development, as well as what’s being worked on across the 350 institutions, organizations, and manufacturers worldwide. The growth thus far has been enormous, and it will only continue to develop from here. AUVAC.org is the go-to resource for those in need of information related to the AUV industry.
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