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OCTOBER 13, 2015 - USCG Units Complete Training on VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicles (VIDEO)

OCTOBER 13, 2015 - USCG Units Complete Training on VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicles (VIDEO)

Attendees from Pacific Coast Units Learn How to Operate and Maintain ROVs

Members of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently completed training on their VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs and Teledyne BlueView imaging sonars. Led by Brett Kolb and Craig Thorngren, the USCG training took place in Alameda, California last month. The 16 trainees came from 4 different USCG units around the Pacific Coast area, including San Francisco, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Honolulu, and Seattle.

The USCG training included a standard Pro 4 basic operator training course with a sonar overview, as well as an additional two days for an advanced maintenance course. 

The USCG took advantage of VideoRay's onsite training program, which brings a certified VideoRay trainer directly to the operator's location. This option allows for a more customized and personal training experience, during which operators can learn how to use their ROV in the specific water environment where it will be typically deployed.

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Sep
22

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 - VideoRay Mission Specialist Series ROV Hits the Water

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 - VideoRay Mission Specialist Series ROV Hits the Water

VideoRay Cavitation Cleaner Deployed as Part of VIPS 2015

The first VideoRay Mission Specialist ROV system was officially deployed for the first time during last week's VIPS conference. The Cavitation Cleaner hit the water in Dutch Springs during a demonstration for VIPS attendees. The VideoRay engineering staff was on hand to explain how the new modular system works and demonstrate the new interface. The Cavitation Cleaner ROV attaches a CaviBlaster probe to the front of the ROV to clean underwater surfaces such as ship hulls, sea chests and cooling water intakes, and other surfaces that collect marine debris. 

The Cavitation Cleaner is the first of many different customized ROV system configurations in VideoRay's Mission Specialist Series. Other task-specific ROVs will be configured and introduced as VideoRay determines our customers' needs and desires. Currently, plans are underway for systems for 3D surveys, tunnel penetration, mine countermeasures (MCM), as well as a fly-out system for a long-term or permanent deployment.

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Aug
31

AUGUST 31, 2015 - Malta Sustainable Energy & Water Conservation Unit Completes Sonar Training with VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle

AUGUST 31, 2015 - Malta Sustainable Energy & Water Conservation Unit Completes Sonar Training with VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle

Pro 3 GTO ROV and BlueView V-130 Sonar Used to Map Aquifers 300 Ft Underground

The Malta Sustainable Energy & Water Conservation Unit (SEWCU) recently completed training on their VideoRay Pro 3 GTO Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with BlueView V-130 multibeam imaging sonar. Steve Van Meter traveled to the Ta` Kandja Pumping Station to train four members of the SEWCU on their recently purchased sonar. Van Meter had previously trained the crew on the Pro 3 GTO they purchased in 2014 from SR Services Ltd.

Ta` Kandja Pumping Station is the largest and primary pumping station on the Maltese Islands, with a network spanning 42 km (26 miles) and galleries stretching 915 m to 1,525 m long (3,000-5,000 ft). Malta relies on these aquifers for their public water supply. Before they obtained their ROV, the SEWCU had to visually inspect the pumping station by walking down each gallery. Now, the ROV and sonar allow them to quickly inspect the entire pumping station within a few days.

The SEWCU has already used their ROV and sonar for other applications, including underwater pipeline inspections.

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Aug
26

AUGUST 27, 2015 - Earth Resource Group Recovers Lake Mead Drowning Victim with VideoRay Pro 4 ROV

AUGUST 27, 2015 - Earth Resource Group Recovers Lake Mead Drowning Victim with VideoRay Pro 4 ROV

Victim Pulled from 279 Ft of Water in Lake's Virgin Basin

Earth Resource Group (ERG) recently used a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) during a drowning victim recovery in Lake Mead. The victim was pulled from the Virgin Basin on the second search day using a homemade snare assembly attached to the VideoRay ROV's manipulator arm.

The victim, James Schafer, was reported missing after his vessel was found unattended near Middle Point Island. The search team from ERG and the Lake Mead Interagency Communications Center was able to use a GPS unit onboard the boat to track its movements, which led them to the Virgin Basin.

ERG has used their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV and homemade snare assembly to recover multiple victims in the Nevada region, including one from 340 ft of water last August.

For more information on Earth Resource Group and their services, visit www.ergnevada.com

VideoRay extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of James Schafer.

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Aug
19

AUGUST 20, 2015 - VideoRay ROV Assists Pennington County Search & Rescue Team with Drowning Victim Recovery (VIDEO)

AUGUST 20, 2015 - VideoRay ROV Assists Pennington County Search & Rescue Team with Drowning Victim Recovery (VIDEO)

Body Recovered from 50 Feet of Water with ROV Borrowed from Burleigh County

A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) recovered the body of Gabrielle Fisher from Pactola Reservoir in South Dakota on Monday. After a 4 hour search, the Pro 4 located her body in approximately 50 feet of water near the spot where Fisher was knocked into the water after a jet ski hit her boat on Friday night. 

Search crews from the Pennington County Search & Rescue (SAR) team searched for her body all weekend using divers and side scan sonar. However, the divers had little to no visibility due to the amount of silt in the water, often having less than 3 feet of visibility. After two days of unsuccessful searching, Pennington County SAR called Burleigh County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota to borrow their VideoRay Pro 4. Once the ROV arrived, they were able to locate the body after shortly before search efforts were to be called off on Monday night.

"[The ROV] saved divers a lot time," said Brian Meiers from the Pennington County SAR team. The ROV recovered Fisher's body from a search area that had not been covered by the divers. Another member of the team was quoted as saying "we absolutely could not have found her body without the ROV."

The Pennington SAR team was familiar with VideoRay ROVs, thanks to a recent demo conducted by Tom Crossmon. Burleigh County sent their ROV and three members of their Dive Rescue and Recovery team to Rapid City to conduct the search.

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VideoRay extends our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Gabrielle Fisher.

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Aug
13

AUGUST 13, 2015 - Video Now Available: New Product Overview


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Aug
04

AUGUST 4, 2015 – Rowan Drillships Complete Certified Training on VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs

AUGUST 4, 2015 – Rowan Drillships Complete Certified Training on VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs

ROVs Now Used for Class-Required Inspections Aboard the Reliance and Relentless

VideoRay consultants Steve Van Meter and Dean Nafziger recently completed onsite training courses on the Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system for two of Rowan Companies' ultra-deepwater drillships in the Gulf of Mexico. Crew members aboard the Reliance and Relentless are now certified to use Pro 4 ROVs to conduct ABS-approved ballast tank inspections, UWILDs, hull inspections, and thruster inspections.

"The Chief Engineers and OIMs onboard both ships were very pleased with the training and said that both trainers were extremely knowledgeable and helpful," said Rowan's Training and Competency Manager, Tyler Kerps. "Both Van Meter and Nafziger delivered beyond our expectations."

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Jul
16

Video Now Available: 6 Tips for Faster, Safer Drowning Victim Recoveries with ROVs

Video Now Available: 6 Tips for Faster, Safer Drowning Victim Recoveries with ROVs

Missed yesterday's SAR eWorkshop? Click here to view a full recording

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Jul
10

Phil Reed, One of the Architects Behind the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal, to Deliver Keynote at Pottstown Underwater Robotics Conference

Phil Reed, One of the Architects Behind the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal, to Deliver Keynote at Pottstown Underwater Robotics Conference

Expert on difficult, large scale salvage will talk about the challenges and lessons learned on the Costa Concordia and other major shipwrecks over the years

Phil Reed will offer a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the most complex salvage operation in maritime history – the Costa Concordia wreck removal. In his keynote address, Mr. Reed will discuss his experiences as salvage master of several notable shipwrecks, including the Concordia. The presentation will be held on Wednesday September 16, 2015 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as part of the 2015 VideoRay International Partner Symposium (VIPS).

As the largest and most complicated wreck removal project in history, the Costa Concordia captivated the world when it foundered off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy in January 2012. The ill-fated cruise ship made headlines again last summer when it was successfully righted and refloated. Mr. Reed, joined by the project's ROV supervisor Mauro Stasi, will discuss the groundbreaking wreck removal project, including the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.

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May
19

JUNE 19, 2015 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Survives Continuous 19-Month Remote Deployment in North Sea (UPDATED)

JUNE 19, 2015 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Survives Continuous 19-Month Remote Deployment in North Sea (UPDATED)

ROV Deployed from November 2013 to May 2015 as an Experimental Emergency Response System

STAVANGER, Norway – A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) spent 19 months operating continuously in the North Sea, in what is believed to be the longest uninterrupted deployment of a single ROV of any class.

The unprecedented operation began in November 2013 as an experimental emergency preparedness solution for Stinger Technology AS, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil & gas sector. The Pro 4 "resident ROV" was deployed off the coast of Stavanger, Norway, but operated mainly from Stinger's offices which are located nearly 250 m (820 ft) inland. The ROV remained powered on and in full operating condition for the entire duration of the deployment. Before Stinger voluntarily ended the ROV's deployment on May 20, 2015, the submersible had not surfaced for repairs or even routine maintenance.

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Jan
15

Free Video Shows Use of New VideoRay ROV for Underwater Inspections

VideoRay announced today that a new video is available free to professionals who perform underwater inspections of dams, bridges, portable water tanks, and other submerged structures. Historically, divers have performed these inspections. VideoRay ROV offers an alternate method that avoids the hazard, expense, and difficulties in scheduling routine and unplanned inspections.

Among other projects, the video shows a gate slot seven feet deep and just 20 inches wide, where a lift cable had broken. The compact, 8-pound VideoRay was quickly deployed into the narrow opening and followed the cable about 65 feet down to its connection. There was no need for a manned inspection and, using the video captured with the VideoRay, the diver hired to do the repairs had a clear understanding of the situation he would encounter on the job. The VideoRay was also used for safety to monitor the diver’s work.

The video also shows a situation where an obstruction was preventing a gate from closing completely. The VideoRay was able to follow the gate rails 170 feet down to the seat, where sand buildup was discovered. The operators then knew what corrective action would be required before they divers were sent into the water. Also featured on the video is a dam, where debris previously jammed behind the gate lift cable had caused uneven lifting of the gate and possible damage to the connection hardware. Despite visibility of less than 18 inches, the operators steered the VideoRay Pro in a vertical descent along the cable, inspecting it as they went, until they reached the connection.

VideoRay is non-contaminating, making it the tool of choice for water tank inspections. Because of its small size, light weight, and 250-foot neutrally buoyant tether, VideoRay is easily deployed into enclosed structures. Water tank inspections can be performed from the ground. When contractors are standing by to begin work, VideoRay can be sent in the water for last minute inspections and prevent costly delays.

The VideoRay ROV is contained in two watertight transport cases, one with wheels. One case contains the control panel and power supply and the other holds the ROV and tether, totaling a weight of just 60 pounds. The system can be powered from standard 115 or 240 volts AC or by a battery-powered inverter. System setup takes moments, with a simple connection of cables for power, video display, and tether. After a quick test of all systems, the ROV is lowered by its tether into the water.

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Jan
10

8-Pound Swimming Video Camera Survives Gator Attack at NASA/Kennedy Space Center

VideoRay today announced that its 8-pound ROV (remotely operated vehicle) can withstand new a new form of pressure testing – a crush from the jaws of a Florida alligator. The VideoRay ROV—a small, remote-control, video-equipped submersible used for underwater inspections—went tether-to-teeth with the alligator when a NASA/Kennedy Space Center employee was scouting out shallow waters near the launch pad for the Space Shuttle.

Hazardous Duty Robotics Specialist Steve Van Meter was using VideoRay to investigate locations for a video camera to monitor fish movements in the waters of the NASA/Kennedy Space Center. Used for many kinds of underwater exploration, VideoRay moves stealthily through the water like many sea creatures at up to 2 knots and displays real-time color video of its surroundings.

“The ROV bumped into the alligator’s tail. Before we could move it out of the way, he [the alligator] grabbed the tether and began working his way forward to the ROV,” said Van Meter. “I tried to get the gator’s attention, but he was only interested in the ROV.”

According to Van Meter, the alligator traveled for about 50 feet with the tether in his jaws. ” I was glad the tether was coiled loosely on the ground near the water. When he took off, it was at a high speed. If the tether had not played out smoothly, I’m sure the alligator would have cut it completely and we may have lost the ROV.”

After a few minutes, the gator released his grip and the VideoRay sub floated up. Van Meter quickly pulled the VideoRay back to land. The only damage was a small cut in the tether cover and a broken bulb in the right side light.

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