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.
- Manipulator Arm/Grabber
This grabber provides HydroView Pro with the ability to retrieve objects, remove obstacles, deploy lines and maintain position.
- User Control Workstation
Workstation includes CPU, controller, programming and waterproof case.
- Game Style Controller
The game style controller is the most intuitive way to control the HydroView Pro.
- External Camera
The external camera is mounted to the body of the HydroView Pro and is manually positionable to change the pan/tilt of the camera.
- High Intensity External Lighting
800 lumens of external lighting that can be mounted externally on the HydroView Pro. Provides better video and photos in dark conditions.
- MPE 400 Sensor
This probe continuously measures: actual and specific conductivity, salinity, total dissolved solids, resistivity, density, dissolved oxygen, ORP, pH, temperature, water level and pressure.
- MPE 9500 Sensor
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.
- Compact Imaging/Scanning Sonar
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
- 5 motors: Three of those motors are mounted vertically and control the hovering of the vehicle. This means that the vehicle can maintain position and move vertically to easily perform inspections of the inside of tanks.
- Optimal viewing inside dark tanks: The Pro 5M for Water has 800 lumens of LED lights that illuminate the tank. It is also built with a 1080 p HD video camera that has a wide angle lens allowing the operator the best view of the tank possible. Because of the high quality of the video, it can be zoomed during editing to highlight trouble spots.
- Onboard power and recording: The HydroView is built with a battery and full computer board inside the vehicle. This means that there is less equipment required at the job site.
How the Pro 5M for Water Inspection is different from competitors
- Backwards Compatibility: Only Aquabotix guarantees that our Pro series ROVs will be backwards compatible for new options that will be released within that product line. No need to purchase an entirely new system to get the latest functionality.
- Ease of Use: Our iPad and laptop applications make the HydroView the most intuitive ROV on the market to drive – especially when using the new “game style” controller. There is no formal training required. Also the entire system can fit in a backpack. This means the inspector only has to climb the tank once – driving the HydroView from the top of the tank. Many of our competitors need an entire van setup to drive their ROV.
- Digital System: The HydroView Pro 5M is an entirely digital system. This means that all video and images are recorded on the onboard SD card. This data is easily downloaded to your iPad or laptop for editing and reporting. The high quality of the images (1080 p HD) allows the inspector to zoom in on trouble areas during editing to highlight problems in their report.
- Affordability: Plain and simple, the HydroView Pro 5M for Water Inspection offers the most functional package at the best price point.
Options Available for the Pro 5M for Water Inspection
- Integration with the CYGNUS NDT for determining metal thickness in tanks.
- User control workstation that includes a high performance laptop and wireless controller in a high strength waterproof case.
- Second camera that is externally mounted with manual pan/tilt control.
- Continuous power option for endless power supply.
- Brushes built on the front of the vehicle to be used in analysis of the rust on the inside of tanks.
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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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.
Last week, Aquabotix visited with the Zephyr Foundation, located in WoodsHole, MA. The Zephyr Education Foundation is a non-profit Ocean Science and Technology education program. They host college, high school and middle school field trips in Woods Hole in which they go on a hands-on scientific cruise in Vineyard Sound replicating the cruises performed by the laboratories here. Students participate in deploying and recovering marine biological and oceanographic instrumentation. They also tour some the laboratories and docks in Woods Hole and discuss the research projects currently under investigation there.
While in Woods Hole, we took the opportunity to demonstrate our mini remote operated vehicle, the HydroView Pro. We brought the ROV out behind their office to drop the vehicle in Eel Pond. Because of the cold temperatures, the water was nice and clear allowing us to capture some nice video of the dock pilings. To see a short video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkuw8drU9pE.
Aquabotix and the Zephyr Foundation have a shared passion for educating students and others about the underwater world. It was great to be down at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute meeting others who have experience with underwater ROVs and share a commitment to the ocean.
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“Recently AquaLens was used to save a diver’s life. There was a commercial fishing boat about 150 miles offshore when a net got entangled in the wheel underneath. The only diver on the boat went down to release the net and ended up getting tangled himself. When the crew got worried about the diver, they put the AquaLens down to check on him and realized that he was stuck. After seeing his condition, they sent a few knives down the tagline so that he could free himself from entanglement. The AquaLens was crucial to saving his life!”