Underwater drones and underwater robots (ROVs) are suitable and versatile tools that can be used to relieve commercial diving teams and make their work safer. For example, the underwater drone can be very helpful in performing inspections in confined spaces, including tanks, pipes and inlet structures, but also in open water applications, such as hull inspections or salvage operations or bottom scans.
Underwater drones and commercial divers really are the best team for performing underwater tasks. Combining the strengths of both divers and underwater drones creates a rock-solid team.
Commercial divers play a major role in everything that happens underwater in infrastructure, ecology, the maritime world and salvage operations. Whenever something leaks, crashes, sinks or catches fire in the maritime world, commercial salvage teams, for example, are called in to prevent and resolve problems. Without divers, underwater incidents can have serious detrimental effects on the surrounding ecosystems and even human health.
In addition, many underwater inspections are carried out by commercial divers. A lot of objects, read Assets, are in the water and need to be inspected periodically to get a grip on the asset management process. and what about all those water related assets that our industry has? Think of water tanks for fire extinguishing systems, think of the installations that are used to bring our drinking water to us, or think of nuclear reactors where the cooling water system plays an important role.
All assets that must be periodically tested or inspected to guarantee the safety of the installations.
So there is a lot of work to be done by divers. Unfortunately, this work all too often leads to dangerous situations in which divers are in danger of losing their lives. By deploying an underwater drone, underwater robot or ROV, we remove or even eliminate a significant part of these dangers.
1. PRE DIVE CHECK – Last minute Risk Analysis (LMRA)
Diving is always dangerous, no matter what the situation. Human safety is paramount in any mission or situation. Before sending a human underwater, an underwater drone , underwater robot or ROV can perform a safety survey to ensure that the underwater environment is safe for a diver.
With the help of the underwater drone , underwater robot or ROV, the underwater working environment can be accurately and efficiently checked for risks that could endanger the professional diver. Risks are identified using the Last Minute Risk Analysis (LMRA). Based on the identification, management measures are taken to remove the risks so that the diver can do his or her job safely.
In addition, the LMRA provides users with an assessment of the general situation as a check beforehand. Work in spaces that are difficult or unsafe to access can even be carried out entirely by the underwater drone, underwater robot or ROV. Divers will also be able to orient themselves better before entering the water.
The entire team within the operation benefits from the deployment of the underwater drone, underwater robot or ROV. This benefits the final project result! DeepTrekker’s battery powered and easily deployable underwater drone , underwater robot or ROV are quick and easy to use – providing dive teams with a reliable way to ensure the safety of their mission.
2. Costs control and safety measurements.
An LMRA or pre-check with an underwater drone, underwater robot or ROV enables the diving team to fully investigate and prepare for the upcoming mission in advance. Before a diver even dips a toe into the water, the ROV can be used to identify the area to be explored. By deploying the underwater drone, underwater robot or ROV, the diving team is able to prepare and plan adequately.
Now that risks are identified in advance, project costs can be controlled considerably better and safety is guaranteed!
3. DIVE MONITORING
Diver safety can also be optimised during the dive using an underwater drone, underwater robot or ROV. By monitoring divers from above, operators can ensure the safety and security of divers. The operator provides visual support and can instruct the diver live video observation allows for immediate detection of any problems with immediate emergency response if required. Whether in open water or confined spaces, live monitoring is incredibly beneficial to the safety of diving.
4. EVALUATION AFTER THE DIVE
Operating an underwater robot from the top also makes it possible to accurately record the dive for later review. Recording underwater diving operations in 4K UHD provides value to both the divers and their customers.
Commercial diving companies can show the video to their customers to demonstrate their valuable and important work. Recorded video also provides concrete evidence of the work performed, work that can otherwise be difficult to demonstrate. Add value to your business by providing high quality service reports.
Divers can also evaluate dives to determine where work and efficiency can be improved to maximise their work performance. Recorded videos can be used for training purposes at both dive centres and commercial diving companies to demonstrate specific diving procedures to students.
Companies can also use recorded video from the underwater drone to create a historical record of dive content for marketing, documentation and assessment purposes.
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DeepTrekker has two underwater ROV models: the DTG3 and the REVOLUTION. The DeepTrekker ROVs are designed for maximum portability and manoeuvrability. The compact size and onboard battery allow access to remote and confined locations.