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How do we train our drone operators?

14-09-2021

To perform the best possible inspections for you, H2O Drones must employ well-trained operators who can get the best quality out of the ROVs! But how do we ensure that quality remains paramount? And how can H2O Drones get the best out of its staff? With us you will learn different ways of working with technology and everything that comes with it!

Experience in field!

For starters, we don’t just select enthusiastic staff. It is important to recruit staff with a background in the field. This can go in different directions such as:

  • A background in hydraulic engineering
  • Experience with (firefighting) diving
  • Experience with ROVs (in the offshore industry)

 

This is an important criteria for us; you need to know what you are looking for underwater, and what it is supposed to look like! This makes it easy to detect anomalies, such as possible defects or damage.

Learning to work with underwater drones and technology

 

After finding a suitable candidate, it is important to get along with the ROVs! As you can read in an earlier blog, you don’t just learn this. A number of steps have to be taken before you can really get to grips with the drones.With experience in hydraulic engineering, for example, a lot is known about underwater assets and what they should look like. For divers, it is easier to plan a route and know exactly what is going on underwater. Those with previous experience with ROVs know well how to operate them and the way images are best taken.

With all these different experiences, it is possible to get a lot of quality out of H2O Drones’ equipment. But even then, good practice is needed!

 

Working with a sonar…

The above sentence says it all. Working with the sonar is and remains a great challenge for almost everyone. The sonar provides a completely different picture than people often expect, and it can be difficult to keep an overview, especially in the early stages.

Here, too, we are happy to learn how to navigate by means of reference points. In a next step, inspection can also be done via sonar, by being able to read off deviations and conspicuous points.

In addition to fixed objects, moving images should also be able to be captured well, and kept in view. For example, you move the drone along with an object, which you see on the sonar.

Finally, the combination between the full-HD camera and the sonar must be integrated. By switching regularly between the camera and the sonar, you get a full picture of the objects underwater.

 

Processing raw information into a report!

After obtaining all the images, the most important thing remains: processing all the information obtained.

The information must be available and clear to all parties involved. Often this is done in a report. All images are analyzed and deviations are described.

These reports can be prepared on-site by the operator himself and will never take longer than an hour to make. When these are made immediately, it is clear what needs to be looked for, and this saves working hours on all sides. Because the operator creates the reports himself, it is certain that the right images are used, and nothing is overlooked.

In this way, the best and most reliable information is always ready to be sent to the customers and stakeholders.

 

 


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