The complementary use of ROV submarines in diving operations
Today, industries that require underwater work cannot do without ROV’s that complement diving work to ensure safety and efficiency in the processes. Relying solely on traditional diving equipment represents costly, inefficient and often unsafe operations for divers.
Listing just a few of the underwater operations to which divers are exposed are operations near hostile wildlife, hydroelectric plant maintenance, nuclear power plant maintenance, cooling tank inspections, and many others. With such a large and potentially dangerous number of tasks, the use of ROV’s can represent a huge increase in efficiency and safety, as well as a reduction in costs.
The ideal time to optimize costs and streamline operations is before the diver enters the water. Using an ROV to perform pre-dive inspections ensures smooth and safe operations.
Pre-dive checks allow the team to identify potential risks and make specific plans so that the diver does not have to make complicated decisions underwater. A site survey also allows the team to be sure they have the right equipment and to be able to give accurate quotes to clients.
Undoubtedly, the control and inspection prior to immersion guarantees safer, optimized and more efficient operations. A practice that should be routine for all dive teams.
Monitoring during the dive
The use of an ROV during a diving operation can greatly increase the safety of the diver and at the same time generate more confidence both for the diver who knows that his team is supporting him, and for the rest of the team that is aware and alert to any mishap during the dive. the dip.
Monitoring divers during operations allows the team on the surface to ensure that the diver is kept safe and following safety measures. At the same time, this monitoring allows the surface team to notice any problems immediately and provide early emergency assistance that, in many cases, has helped save lives.
Monitoring during operations also represents a good resource for recording operations, these recordings can have many objectives both for the diving teams themselves and for the companies that hire them. Diving companies usually show the videos of their dives as a sample of their work, these recordings are also usually very useful for educational purposes in training.
Diving in dangerous waters
Dive teams may send an ROV into dangerous waters prior to the dive as a preventative measure, but it is also common for underwater work to be required in waters no human can enter.
Clearly circumstances and harsh environments cannot be an obstacle for teams of professionals dedicated to solving underwater problems; If an underwater facility needs repair, but the water is very cloudy or contaminated in some way, an ROV is essential to at least identify the problem. On the other hand, there are situations where marine exploration seems impossible because the target is too deep and the pressure makes it impossible for a human to explore the site.
It is often the case that temperatures also make exploration by divers impossible, as is the case with the mission that discovered the remains of the Endurance in Antarctica.
In summary, the versatility and safety of ROV’s, combined with the irreplaceable skill of divers, allows us to carry out underwater work with safety and cost savings never seen before.