Thinking ROV

Engineers at Saab Seaeye, UK, have created a new development in ROV architecture, ‘The Intelligent Control of Nodes’ (ICON). The concept allows each device within the ROV to think for itself and talk remotely to operators and engineers through a gateway into the heart of the vehicle.     It gives users remote access to diagnostics, software upgrades and system inventory directly on board the ROV, via an enabled web interface, from anywhere in the world. ICON makes this possible by enabling each microprocessor (node) to operate as a sensor and report its unique status to the central control system.... (read more)
2011-04-15 12:00:00

ROV Simulator

Marine Simulation released ROVsim O&G, an undersea simulator specifically designed for oil and gas industry inspection and working class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). Besides being their first offering in the working class ROV/oil and gas industry, ROVsim O&G includes a number of new features and capabilities.     A complete ROVsim O&G simulator includes three separate software applications: the main ROV Simulator, a separate navigational SONAR Module, and an instructor's Control Module. The main ROV simulator encompasses a mission area of over 25 sq. km (10 sq. miles) and includes a complete oil platform, 8 km (4 miles) of submerged... (read more)
2009-09-17 10:03:52

Hybrid ROV

Sperre, Norway, is developing a new ROV concept (H-ROV) that is expected to make remotely controlled underwater operations more efficient. The concept distinguishes from ordinary ROVs is that its thrusters can swivel round their own axes to provide optimal driving power in the direction of travel as well as compensate efficiently for current and cable drag. This offers an improvement in performance of anything from 30 to 50% compared to all conventional ROVs currently in production. High Efficiency  It means that the H-ROV will be particularly suitable for subsea dynamic positioning and autotraction operations. The buoyancy element with its thruster(s) will... (read more)
2010-11-18 10:56:03

Versatile ROV

Mariner Underwater Electronics has launched its newest electric powered ROV, the Ippodamus. It has a depth rating of 800 metres which can be increased considerably for custom-made orders. It has been designed to be used for professional inspection and survey operations (observation, inspection, tunnel penetration etc). The Ippodamus can carry sensors as well as small manipulators, making the vehicle a very useful tool in the hands of experienced and professional operators. It has a high resolution colour camera with internal green laser and a video overlay system. (read more)
2010-03-26 03:02:57

Technip ROV Contract

Perry Slingsby Systems has secured a contract to supply a workclass ROV system and equipment to Technip. The agreement will see PSS deliver a Triton XL47 system, Dynacon winch, surface power and control equipment and surface control van in December 2008 for use in oil and gas offshore construction and installation projects in Brazil.   PSSI chief operating officer Bruce Lokay said: "With over 45 systems delivered and a proven history in reliability and efficiency, the Triton XL is the world's most successful advanced workclass ROV and I am delighted that Technip have selected PSS as the solution to their... (read more)
2008-07-21 02:40:03

Phoenix Augments ROV Fleet

Phoenix International, Inc. has acquired two powerful, heavy-duty work Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to augment its expanding ROV fleet: a 200 hp Perry Slingsby Triton 210 and a Soil Machine Dynamics 400 hp NEREUS II ROV. Both systems can operate in a free-flying or tracked mode and are capable of performing intervention, sampling and submarine cable/pipeline related tasks. The systems include hydraulic manifolds capable of supporting a diversity of underwater tools and tooling systems, dual 7-function Schilling manipulators, TSS 340/350 cable/pipeline tracking systems, cable gripping and cutting WebTools and water jetting systems for cable/pipeline burial and excavation projects. The vehicles... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

MERMAC ROV Winch Series

The MacArtney Group (Denmark) has upgraded the MERMAC R series of ROV winches. Featuring power and speed, minimal maintenance requirements, a rugged and compact design, Active Heave Compensation (AHC) and a unique Remote Diagnostics Tool - the MERMAC R series has been developed for ROV systems and tasks of all types. Selecting the right winch system for a specific vessel, ROV system and task portfolio can be complex. Employed for work class and inspection ROV systems alike, MERMAC R winches are available as standalone systems, as part of launch and recovery packages or as part of complete vessel moon pool... (read more)
2013-10-18 11:08:04

Predator Inspection Class ROV

Global Marine Systems launched Predator, an Inspection class ROV, at HydroVision International in Charlotte, NC, USA, the world's largest gathering of hydro professionals. Predator is a modular, 300m rated inspection-class ROV system. Designed to be a highly portable system, which can be easily deployed in almost any type of setting from the back of a small boat, to a pier or a bridge, Predator targest use areas such as the inspection of submarine cables, pipelines, turbine foundations, bridges, seawalls, general seabed and harbour and inland waterway inspection, search and rescue as well as military applications.The ROV is suited for a... (read more)
2010-07-30 02:40:33

AC-ROV Thruster Upgrade

The AC-ROV has a centreless thruster design as there is no motor in the flow path. Existing AC-ROV users from a variety of industrial sectors were selected to field test the "Mark 2" thruster, reporting greater vehicle speed, power and excursion capability without compromise of control or stability.     The Mark 2 thruster will be fitted to all new-build AC-ROV's as standard and is available as a straight change-out component to all existing users.   The benefits are that thrust is significantly greater than from a same size shaft-mounted propeller, thrust is equal in both directions, and as AC-ROV... (read more)
2009-03-24 09:06:17

Flying ROV systems

In the test tank of the Southampton University different companies were showing the smooth operation of their equipment.   'It's always hard to push it in', commented the SeaEye's ROV operator who happened to be demonstrating his device at the moment of Hydro International's visit.   (read more)
2009-04-02 01:35:24
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