In 2008, at the request of Hydro-Québec, CIDCO led a technology study which summarised the solutions available to support bathymetric data acquisition in turbulent waters. The study essentially revealed that there were no fully-satisfactory solutions currently available on the market. Zones that were difficult to navigate, either due to strong currents or very shallow depths, or zones that posed safety concerns for humans remained inaccessible and, therefore, uncharted.
In response to the study, in 2010, CIDCO began the development of the fist HydroBall® bathymetric buoy prototype. The objective was to allow surveyors and hydrographers to reach and map unknown areas.
The technology has not stopped evolving since then and has been successfully deployed in a variety of projects.