They were first designed for military purposes and the United States Navy was heavily involved in their development. After their potential was realised they became common place in the offshore oil & gas industry and their technology has since developed.
A Remotely Operated Vehicle is effectively an underwater robot that can be used for inspections, recoveries, cable burial, search and rescue and much more. More business sectors are realising their benefits, and ROVs are now used in oceanography, fishing, civil engineering and security.
As their name suggests an ROV is operated remotely by an operator who is usually based above the surface. Usually free flying, they can be programmed to fly in certain patterns or locations. Communication between the ROV and the operator is through the umbilical which provides a real time, two way flow of information including video footage.
The majority of ROVs fly, but developments in technology now allow them to crawl and adhere to surfaces. A four wheel skid which incorporates a suction device attached to an ROV was developed by SeaBotix. This allows it to be driven on any hard surface, in any orientation and with precise control.
Technology has also allowed smaller ROVs to be developed offering greater manoeuvrability in smaller spaces or shallower waters, yet still provide detailed images.
An ROV offers a quick and safe inspection solution, which removes the risks of other inspection methods and can save time and money.
We have a wide selection of ROVs available on rental or contract options please contact us directly to find out more.