A recent opinion article in Water Power & Dam Construction highlighted the importance of Dam Inspections. Read the entire piece here: http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/opinion/opiniondam-inspections-why-so-important-4265954/
Some of the comments from author, Rodney W. Eisenbraun, include:
Aquabotix believes in the importance of preventative inspections. About a month ago, the Aquabotix HydroView Pro was used as part of a dam inspection. Visit our You Tube page to take a look at some clips from the inspection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAIEbW_hS0.
Check out a HydroView Pro rigged with a Grabber Arm. To see a video of the arm in action at our engineering facility, visit the Aquabotix You Tube page.
The HydroView Professional Series platform is strengthened by the variety of accessories available.
This grabber provides HydroView Pro with the ability to retrieve objects, remove obstacles, deploy lines and maintain position.
Workstation includes CPU, controller, programming and waterproof case.
The game style controller is the most intuitive way to control the HydroView Pro.
The external camera is mounted to the body of the HydroView Pro and is manually positionable to change the pan/tilt of the camera.
800 lumens of external lighting that can be mounted externally on the HydroView Pro. Provides better video and photos in dark conditions.
This probe continuously measures: actual and specific conductivity, salinity, total dissolved solids, resistivity, density, dissolved oxygen, ORP, pH, temperature, water level and pressure.
This probe continuously measures: actual and specific conductivity, salinity, total dissolved solids, resistivity, density, dissolved oxygen, ORP, pH, temperature, water level, water pressure, ammonium (NH4+), chloride (Cl-), nitrate (NO-) and turbidity.
This sonar has set new standards in compact sonar technology. It is the smallest digital CHIRP sonar in the world. CHIRP technology dramatically improves the range resolution compares with conventional sonars. Features include: continuous and sector scanning modes, acoustic zoom, instant reversal, image measurement and inverted head operations.
The HydroView Pro 5M for Water Inspection was recently used to assist in a potable water tank inspection. The 1.7 million gallon concrete tank was located in Massachusetts. This video has a variety of video clips taken during the rov inspection process. Check out the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUa-a0BDXqw.
The water industry has a variety of professionals who find the HydroView ROV a great solution to their underwater inspection needs. Inspectors use the ROV to perform inspections, while municipal operators use it to triage issues with their tanks or dams.
Key Features of the Pro 5M for Water Inspection
How the Pro 5M for Water Inspection is different from competitors
Options Available for the Pro 5M for Water Inspection
Some divers may worry that ROVs will reduce their opportunities for work but ROVs can be a diver’s best ally.
According to OSHA, “Commercial diving… workers are exposed to the same hazards anyone would if they spent extended periods of time underwater, such as drowning, respiratory and circulatory problems, and hypothermia. The number of dives, length of time spent underwater, lack of visibility, and the strenuous nature of the task increase the risk of this type of activity.”
ROVs have a real impact on the amount of risk divers undertake. ROVs can assess underwater conditions and hazards. They perform important visual inspections with onboard video cameras, even when visibility is limited. And they perform these tasks BEFORE the diver gets wet.
Employers are responsible for taking hazards such as current, bottom conditions and water temperature into account when planning and executing operations. ROVs can be used to perform all of these tasks without putting a diver at risk. They are a reconnaissance tool and should be routine part of every underwater operation.
Even recreational divers can benefit from the use of ROVs. Aquabotix customers use the HydroView as “scout” before dives. Confirming the best location for a dive and previewing the sights from top-side enhance the recreational diving experience and efficiency.
Efficiency, preliminary exploration and safety. ROVs are the diver’s ally.
The HydroView Pro 5M was recently used to assist in a bridge piling inspection in New Jersey. The 5M is the perfect HydroView for this application because the 5 motors allow for exact vertical control of the vehicle inside the piling hole. This video has a variety of video clips taken during the rov inspection process. Check out the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG0Iz-rC53k.
To view another video filmed with the HydroView Pro 5M, check out footage recorded in Woods Hole, MA during our visit to the Zephyr Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkuw8drU9pE.
Today’s blog is designed to help those who are trying to discern between the HydroView Pro 5M and 7M. The design difference between the two models is the number of motors. The 7M has 7 motors (4 Thrust, 3 Hovering/Pitch) while the 5M has 5 motors (2 Thrusters, 3 Hovering/Pitch).
The 5M is intended for use in calm waters such as water tanks, pools, and areas with little current. The 7M has 2 additional thrusters and can comfortably handle currents up to 2 knots. Both units have complete control over movements forward/backward, up/down, as well as roll, pitch and yaw.
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If you have any remaining questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.676.1000.
Aquabotix’s President, Durval Tavares, recently traveled to Tennessee to accompany the HydroView Pro on a water tank inspection. HydroView was called in for this opportunity because the tank inspector is looking at alternate ROVs to replace their current ROV fleet. The inspector was attracted to HydroView because it offers improved functionality at a more affordable price point than their current ROV.
Especially appealing was HydroView’s ability to be driven with a laptop. This means that the inspector only needed to climb the tower one time – instead of TWO. With their current ROV, the inspector climbs up to put the ROV in the water, then climbs back down to drive the unit from their truck. Then they have to climb back up the tower to retrieve the unit and back down again.
With HydroView, the inspector climbed once and then drove the HydroView from the top of the tower, recording the entire inspection in full HD. After the inspection was completed, the inspector just climbed back down and downloaded the video for future reporting. Climbing the tower once saves a huge amount of time and effort.