HydroView Pro 5M for Water Inspection – the Perfect Solution for Potable Water Professionals

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.

HydroView Pro Controller

  • 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.

Why divers should love ROVs

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.

New Video: Bridge Piling Inspection

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.

What is the difference between the HydroView Pro 5M and 7M

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.

Learn more at our website: http://www.aquabotix.com/

If you have any remaining questions, please contact us at info@aquabotix.com or 508.676.1000.

HydroView Pro 5M Front

HydroView Pro 5M

HydroViewPro 7M Front

HydroView Pro 7M

 

HydroView Pro’s Water Tank Inspection in Tennessee

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.

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The long climb to the top

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.

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Their current setup in the inspection van. Driving the HydroView with a laptop is much more portable.

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.

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HydroView Pro at the top of the tower

 

Visit to the Zephyr Foundation in Woods Hole, MA and New Video from HydroView Pro

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.

Snapshot taken by HydroView Pro of the Dock at Eel Pond.

Snapshot taken by HydroView Pro of the Dock at Eel Pond.

AquaLens Saves a Life!

Read our latest testimonial from Bob Dixon at Chris Electronics in New Bedford, MA.

“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!”

Aquabotix partners with Mystic Aquarium

Aquabotix, an innovation company delivering the accessibility of today’s mobile technology to the complex world of underwater video, and Mystic Aquarium, a leader in marine research, deep sea exploration and hands-on education, announce a partnership that will change the way students and adults learn about the water. Aquabotix’ mini ROV (remotely operated vehicle), the HydroView, has been selected to enhance the educational programs already offered at Mystic Aquarium.

Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation conduct pioneering research that inspires new generations to care for the environment and pursue careers in science. The education and conservation department really saw incredible potential in using Aquabotix technology with the students that they work with in a variety of applications. They selected the HydroView to open the students’ eyes to what is under the water that they cannot see. The HydroView is the ideal tool to accomplish this because of its accessibility as it is controlled from the surface via an iPad, which many students are already familiar with operating. In addition, while the student is driving the ROV, they are seeing a live HD video feed of what is in the water below them. The balance between ease of use and functionality as an underwater research tool made the HydroView the perfect fit for the educational programs.

“We are looking both from a biological perspective, identifying animals, as well as from a conservation perspective – to provide a direct view into how human habits are affecting underwater ecosystems,” said VP Conservation and Education, Kelly Matis. “We think this unique view would inspire people to make a positive change in their behaviors for the benefit of the environment.”

The HydroView has been incorporated into many programs at the aquarium including at a beach clean up event, with the JASON Learning programs and with summer camp programs on the coastal field study trips. The HydroView has already captivated the students’ interest. “Our students loved this experience! They were totally engaged every single minute of this trip. They loved taking turns using the ROV and seeing how to use the computer (iPad) to direct the ROV underwater,” said a teacher from Central Falls High School. “The connection between the computer program to coordinate the direction the ROV would move and exploration of the river were fascinating to the students.”

“Aquabotix is a company that is passionate about the water, so when we saw an opportunity for our underwater viewing technology to be used to educate the public about the underwater world, we jumped at the chance to make a difference”, said Aquabotix President and CEO, Durval Tavares. “Our mini ROV is being deployed in a variety of markets where live-view below the surface is important. This application in education and conservation is perfectly aligned with our core company value for the well being of the earth’s precious water. It is great to see our technology having such an impact on the youth who are the future stewards of our environment.”

For more information about Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation please visit www.MysticAquarium.org

For more information on the HydroView or Aquabotix please visit: http://www.aquabotix.com/

Case Study with Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department

Summary: The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department is located in Port Washington, Wisconsin, an area that borders Lake Michigan, one of the five heralded Great Lakes of North America. Serving a population over 86,000, the department has conducted an untold number of search and rescue missions on Lake Michigan over the years. Having previously relied on antiquated equipment, first responders turned to the Aquabotix AquaLens to improve its water-borne search and rescue capabilities.

AquaLens Improves Water-Borne Search and Rescue Capabilities for Lake Michigan First Responders

In Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, on the western shore of Lake Michigan, winters are harsh and filled with snow and ice. In the summer, the lake attracts residents and tourists alike looking to enjoy all she has to offer. The unfortunate inevitability of accidents in this lake-side county keeps first-responders busy year round conducting search and rescue operations. To provide rescue crews on these missions with some visibility below the water line, the department had long relied on a standard fish finder. The grainy, low resolution video feed was helpful but far from the optimal tool for the job. When the fish finder failed in the icy, dark conditions of the lake, the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department turned to the Aquabotix AquaLens for an upgrade.

“The whole reason we came across Aquabotix was because we had some incidents where we were searching for someone who had gone under the icy water,” said Stephen Cotey, Project Manager. “We were using a 10-year old fish finder camera. There was no light on it, so we were literally taping a flashlight on it, trying to stick it on a pole and look under the ice.”

Having relied on their DIY solutions for some time, the department personnel had a good idea of what they were looking for in a replacement. A purpose-built solution was paramount after all of their duct tape adventures, but the team also required a durable camera that delivered video they could work with in any condition.

“The AquaLens is easily deployable, as opposed to trying to find a pole to tape on the fish finder and then taping on a flashlight and hoping it all stayed together underneath the water. The Aquabotix tool is all-in-one,” said Mark Owen, Emergency Management Director of Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department. “It is water-tight, has a nice hand-held screen you can strap on your wrist, as well as the ability to push that image to a bigger screen for added visibility and detail.”
Since purchasing the AquaLens last year, Sheriff’s Department personnel have been conducting drills with the new tool aboard the department’s 42-foot rescue boat. As officers are introduced to the LED-lit, high definition view they get with the AquaLens, the underwater viewing system from Aquabotix has quickly become a key part of their open water rescue training repertoire.

Compared to the department’s former DIY solution, which was time consuming to assemble, unreliable and could cost a life in certain scenarios, the AquaLens is extremely easy to use and can be deployed into the water in 30 seconds. Designed for rugged viewing in demanding underwater applications, the AquaLens’ expandable cable allows personnel to see deeper, more remote underwater areas.

“It was a great price point for what we considered a really good value,” said Cotey. “You have the color camera, as well as the LED lights and most importantly, the infrared capability.”

With its upgraded technological edge, the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department is now well equipped to handle the most demanding water-borne rescue scenarios. As the teams continue to drill with the AquaLens, their ability to affect a search and rescue from safer distances will enable them to better serve the public while keeping personnel further from harm’s way.

For more information about the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, you can visit their website at http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/sheriff. For more information about Aquabotix or the AquaLens, please visit http://www.aquabotix.com.