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13-04-2021

Why is the use of underwater drones (ROV) easy?

Written by Karst Beens

How do I use drones?

Our versatile drones are easy to operate with the controller. It certainly requires a good sense of positioning and some experience to use the underwater drones to their full potential, but we offer 1-day courses where anyone can quickly master this sense. So almost anyone can quickly learn how to best deploy one of our drones, what the options are and how to best utilize these options!

But before the drone can be used, it must first be prepared for an operation. The diagram below shows the steps required to get the ROV fully operational. Often the initial steps can be skipped for faster use by keeping the underwater drones partially ready for use.

 

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(in picture: REVOLUTION)

Step-by-step plan to get drones ready for use:

The first part applies when the drones are not yet partly ready for use and will therefore be repeated often, especially in the initial phase. For the best duration of use, of course, all items are always properly stored in the appropriate cases. With a lot of use, this may well be skipped, if transportation cannot cause problems or damage.

  • Remove the drone, controller and tether cable from the cases.
  • Display the gear widely for optimal space utilisation.

(These steps can be skipped if the items are stored differently, for reasons including saving time.)

  1. Connecting the ROV and tether cable
  2. Connecting the controller (to the drone) and turning it on
  3. Calibrate the various options of the drone, (optional: perform tests on dry land)
  4. Attaching any accessories to the drone and adjusting them correctly.
  5. Gently launching the drone into the water.

From experience we can say that the accessories take the most time. It is therefore wise to have done this beforehand, so that the time on location can be used optimally.

 

Opportunities above and below water

The easy part about using our underwater drones is that the inspectors can control what they see. Those who control the drone can put anything they want in a picture, and however they want. This gives freedom because a plan can be drawn up as to what needs to be inspected and this can then be carried out immediately.

Communication between the diver and someone on the shore is therefore no longer necessary; you are in control yourself.

This also brings a disadvantage: the ROV is as good as its operator. This means that it does not matter what equipment is being used if it is not used properly (enough). That is why we offer everyone who we sell an underwater drone or robot, a course to get to know the drones well! This is done with one of our own drones, so yours will never be at risk of damage.

With the 1-day course we guarantee that you will have fully mastered the operation of the drone. If this is not the case, we plan an extra day to help you learn how it works. An investment must be used optimally, otherwise the product is a less valuable asset, and of course we want to prevent that!

 

What are the biggest benefits of using drones (ROVs)?

On one of our many posts on LinkedIn, we graphically mapped out the advantages of an underwater drone over a diver. (The image below to emphasize it as well)

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It can make it look like we want to replace the culvert, which is really not our goal. We want safety below the waterline. By being used as a tool for culverts, we can actually help them rather than replace them. Inspections are quicker and easier with an ROV, but replacing a culvert in its entirety is certainly impossible at present. That’s why we are an extension of divers, we can reduce diving time and look for unsafe situations with an ROV, instead of divers (human lives).


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