- News - April 19, 2005
Underwater Robot keeps
Divers Safe, Captures Detailed Video during Caribbean
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) assists with completing
the mission rapidly with minimum additional cost.
Exton, PA - Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc.
(OCC – ( http://www.ocean-coastal.com/
) of Trumbull, CT is a recognized
industry leader in civil, structural, coastal,
and geotechnical engineering for waterfront structures.
When tasked with inspecting an offloading pier
at a Caribbean refinery early this year, they
started with standard Engineer-Diver techniques.
However, due to safety concerns, making use of
the Engineer-Divers was not possible.
Electronic Sales of New England (ESNE - http://www.esalesne.com/
), a premier technology provider in nearby Old
Saybrook, CT was tasked with finding a solution
- fast. Mark Warren, a Principal of ESNE recommended
a VideoRay (http://www.videoray.com
) Remotely Operated Vehicle for its portability,
ease of use, and maneuverability in tight locations.
He had a leased unit on the way to the site within
18 hours of getting the call.
Jeff Snyder of OCC was the engineer and ROV operator
on site. He commented on the mission - "Despite
the fact that we had a mid-level VideoRay - the
Explorer model - and I had previously operated
a Pro III model – I was able to get everything
we really needed in a very short period of time.”
We inspected almost the entire structure, penetrating
through locations where divers could not have
entered safely. We also inspected mooring dolphins
away from the primary structure. When we had problems
or questions, the VideoRay team talked us through
them by phone."
To do the inspection, Jeff broke the structure
into segments where the VideoRay was flown on
the surface to a piling, where it submerged for
the underwater inspection. A full video documentation
was recorded. He was able to inspect 75-95% of
the support beams and underside of the concrete
deck and was able to determine the condition of
the beams and concrete. He was also able to see
a good sample of the "H" piles and the
center beam to make their determinations about
the structural integrity of the facility. Stan
White, president of OCC commented further: "There's
two aspects to doing a job like this right. One
aspect is to understand what to look for, how
problems develop and how they can be fixed - the
engineering expertise our firm has worked years
to develop. Another is stay on top of the right
tools as they become available, and keep your
people safe and productive.
The quick deployment of the VideoRay to solve
a field discovered condition on this job is something
we're proud of - and we're proud of Jeff for the
way he pulled it off." Scott Bentley, the
president of VideoRay, compared the development
of ROV technology to the early years of computer
development. "A popular misconception in
the 1980s was that big computers were needed for
'big' computer jobs. Many people feel that way
about ROVs - only big ROVs can do big jobs. We're
now learning that smaller is better on inspection
ROVs - VideoRays have the thrust, control, cameras,
and accessories needed to inspect this site, which
was very large and very complicated. Look for
VideoRay to develop even more capable units in
the near future."
For further information:
Jeff Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean and Coastal Consultants
Phone: 203.268.5007 Ext. 237
Chris Gibson email@example.com
VideoRay LLC Director, Marketing
Contact VideoRay LLC • 400 Eagleview Blvd.
• Exton, PA 19341 USA • Phone: (610) 458-3000 •
FAX: (610) 458-3010 • www.videoray.com
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