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Videoray - News - July 8, 2005

Swimming Robotic Camera Penetrates Culvert under Runways of Miami International Airport

Alligator Danger Makes Inspection Too Hazardous for Humans

The engineers at Miami International Airport were concerned. Ground penetrating radar indicated a possible collapse of storm water drainage culverts around 700 feet from the outlets. As with all open water in South Florida, alligators are prevalent in the area, so it was not possible to use human divers to inspect it. Working Divers, of Stuart Florida, was called in to do a visual inspection and discover whether the problem existed, and if so, how serious it was.

It is a challenge for Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) technology to be small enough to be easily deployed, yet powerful enough to pull this much tether. A VideoRay Pro III was deployed with the Professional Performance Package. This places a booster battery on the submersible that allows full thrust regardless of tether length. 1000 feet of neutrally buoyant tether was utilized.

Steve Van Meter, a consultant brought in by Working Divers, set up the operation and operated the tether. "It was amazing", commented Steve. "I could have gone 1000 feet if I needed to - there was that much thrust available at the submersible. And - the entire mission took about 30 minutes - one of the easiest we've ever done."

The inspection revealed that there were no problems with the pipe - the anomalies located by the ground penetrating radar were caused by other factors - perhaps differences in fill material placed around the pipes.

For more information:

Ric Polzin - (772) 288-0228
Working Divers, Inc.
501 SW Riveredge Dr.
Stuart, FL 34994

Chris Gibson
VideoRay LLC Director, Marketing
Phone: 610.458.3000

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