ROV Expert Insights

Are you looking to get the most out of your ROV? These VideoRay Insights will take you beyond what you can find in the operator’s manuals with Presentations by experts and timely stories and advice in our Newsletter.

This Month’s Virtual Insights Presentation Series Events

December 15, 2022 Event: Coming soon!
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The ISS360 sonar is the world’s smallest and the fastest scanning sonar. It utilizes a broadband composite transducer coupled with CHIRP acoustics to provide excellent image clarity and range capability.

The ISFMD system provides the most advanced and reliable acoustic Flooded Member Detection system available today. Utilizing a detection probe with broadband composite transducer technology, together with an advanced digital acoustic engine ensures the highest level of accuracy and reliability in readings.

Both systems will be discussed on a technical level, to show the technology used together with capabilities.

Presented by Asser Awaad, Technical Sales Engineer, Impact Subsea


This presentation provides an in-depth look at the Mission Specialist recording features and procedures. Items discussed will be video text overlay options, the files created during recording, modifying the storage location and file naming conventions, audio annotations, file size estimations and the new chunk split recording to prevent file loss in case of power issues. Playback in Greensea and sending files to others will also be discussed.

Time
Title
Presented By
10:00am – 10:30am
Technical Overview of Impact Subsea’s Range of Sonars and Flooded Member Detection Systems-
The ISS360 sonar is the world’s smallest and the fastest scanning sonar. It utilizes a broadband composite transducer coupled with CHIRP acoustics to provide excellent image clarity and range capability. The ISFMD system provides the most advanced and reliable acoustic Flooded Member Detection system available today. Utilizing a detection probe with broadband composite transducer technology, together with an advanced digital acoustic engine ensures the highest level of accuracy and reliability in readings. Both systems will be discussed on a technical level, to show the technology used together with capabilities.
Asser Awaad, Technical Sales Engineer, Impact Subsea
10:30am – 11:00am
Mission Recording and Playback –
This presentation provides an in-depth look at the Mission Specialist recording features and procedures. Items discussed will be video text overlay options, the files created during recording, modifying the storage location and file naming conventions, audio annotations, file size estimations and the new chunk split recording to prevent file loss in case of power issues. Playback in Greensea and sending files to others will also be discussed.
TBD

Upcoming Virtual Insights Presentation Series Events

January 19, 2022

ROV Systems Configuration Management

Configuration management is a critical concern for those who manage a fleet of ROVs, but even if you only own one, you should have a plan to keep your software and hardware up-to-date. This presentation will discuss everything from fundamentals, to how to find information about updates, tracking equipment, configurations and status information, available tools to support your efforts and best practices that can be applied across fleet sizes from small to large. 2023 will be the year of Configuration Management for VideoRay and what better way to start than year than with this presentation?

Presenter: TBD

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Configuration management is a critical concern for those who manage a fleet of ROVs, but even if you only own one, you should have a plan to keep your software and hardware up-to-date. This presentation will discuss everything from fundamentals, to how to find information about updates, tracking equipment, configurations and status information, available tools to support your efforts and best practices that can be applied across fleet sizes from small to large. 2023 will be the year of Configuration Management for VideoRay and what better way to start than year than with this presentation?

Presenter: TBD

Virtual Insights Presentation Series Archive

This presentation will discuss the technology used in the Defender for navigation and its capabilities, followed by an examination of factors that can influence the accuracy and precision of the vehicle’s reported position. With that understanding, tips and tricks will be offered to help you start on the right foot, minimize the errors and techniques to make adjustments and corrections.

Presented by: Arely Hernandez

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Non-destructive testing has been around for decades and has been used by divers and ROVs for underwater inspections. This primer will provide information about the features and capabilities of various systems including Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges, CP Probes and multi-sensor Sondes. Does your next project involve NDT?

Presented By: Arely Hernandez

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Many ROV projects depend on data from other sources, for example, a list of target coordinates, or the goal is to collect data and create reports. This presentation will discuss the data collection related features and capabilities of Mission Specialist systems and present some auxiliary tools that make repetitive data collection and reporting tasks easier.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Tunnel inspections are one of the more challenging types of underwater survey, and for several reasons: the length and shape of the tunnel, murky water, and zero visibility. Each factor presents a unique challenge to the ROV, which often puts demands and restrictions on the hardware and software. In response to this, ROV operators are turning to customizable setups with NaviSuite Mobula Pro + Processing (VideoRay), a versatile software to overcome these difficult conditions.

Presented By: Kevin Tomanka, OAR

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.

This presentation will begin by reviewing the periodic maintenance requirements of VideoRay’s Mission Specialist systems and then discuss many of the field operations maintenance procedures that can be performed by most operators. Discussions about field maintenance tips and best practices will also be included.

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.

Sonar image quality varies significantly depending on many factors. This presentation will discuss how sonar works and the settings available and then describe how to adjust those settings to enhance your images as much as possible. Other tips for using sonar in certain scenarios will also be provided.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Jog commands and waypoints are semi-autonomous controls in the Greensea’s EOD and Professional Workspace software. Understanding how they function and when they should be used can be crucial for complex missions. This presentation will be a deep dive into the subtleties, tips and tricks for using these features. Please join us for this Insights Presentation by Arely Hernandez as she presents Mastering Autonomous Control – Using Jog Commands and Waypoints

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Ride along on this mission to investigate a pipeline leak at 190 feet to assess the damage and evaluate repair options in high tidal currents and extremely low visibility.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
VideoRay has a comprehensive library of educational resources including documentation, virtual training lessons, operations tips, tech notes and more, all accessible online and available for download on almost any device. This tour will help you find information you need and preview some of the coming attractions.

Presented By: Jeff Orlowski, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
See VideoRay’s New Mission Specialist VersaRay – an exciting new vehicle platform for larger payloads and more versatility!

Presented By: Mike Willis, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
VideoRay recognizes that many users are not as familiar with Ubuntu, the operating system used in Mission Specialist systems, as they are with Microsoft Windows. This presentation will unlock the secrets and help you get more comfortable while working with your Defender or Pro 5. Even if you know the basics, there are sure to be a few tips that can help you be more productive and better able to diagnose computer problems.

Presented By: Scott Tevis, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
EOD Workspace has received an extensive overhaul to optimize it for operation on the VideoRay Splashproof Controller touch screen tablet. The non-military version of Workspace is also being separated into Professional Workspace, which includes autonomous navigation and control features, and Workspace, which does not. This presentation will highlight the enhancements of the Workspace product line and explain the differences among the products.

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
In this presentation, learn about how Rozalia Project uses ROVs to connect people to the underwater world right at their feet as well as learn about their cutting-edge work on microplastic and microfiber pollution through expedition science and innovation. The presentation will also share how VideoRay owners and operators (and people who simply love our ocean, lakes and rivers) can be part of the solutions to marine debris of all types from consumer debris to derelict fishing gear and macro-plastic to can’t-see-it-without-a-microscope microplastic.

Presented By: Rachael Zoe Miller

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve, was one of the largest Marine Protected Areas on earth, formed to protect its high levels of marine biodiversity and endemicity. Over 90% of its marine habitats lie in deep waters, beyond the reach of traditional scuba diving, and thus remain largely unexplored. Since 2015 the Seamount Research Project has been dedicated to exploring and describing the unknown biodiversity and habitats that exist in deeper waters. Among the most exciting discoveries has been finding deep-sea cold-water reefs, sponge gardens and mesophotic kelp forests. In this presentation, Salome will share how some of these discoveries came to be, the latest findings on describing these novel communities and some of the future research projects coming forth as a result of the discoveries so far.

Presented By: Salome Buglass

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
With almost a decade of experience monitoring fish communities in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM), we have surveyed multiple habitat types and evaluated various technologies to best capture fish community diversity and abundance of fisheries species. Habitat types surveyed include artificial reefs (e.g., oil and gas infrastructure, concrete structures, ships, etc.) and natural banks. Two types of micro Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), the VideoRay Pro 4 and the VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender, have been successfully used to visually document fish. Habitat type and project goals had a direct influence on ROV choice, survey methodology, and additional technologies chosen. Upcoming projects will further refine ROV methods for fish survey work in the GOM and allow comparisons with other fisheries survey technology.

Presented By: Jennifer Wetz

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will provide insights on how to improve your VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender inspection capabilities using EIVA’s NaviSuite Mobula software. Get expert tips on how to do job and dive planning with improved pilot situational awareness, interfacing sensors and performing accurate survey data acquisition to reducing pilot effort for reporting comprehensive inspection data deliverables.

Presented By: Antonio Felipe Silva, EIVA

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
In this presentation, the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for using a VideoRay Defender’s autonomous “lawn mowing” capability will be presented. This SOP includes a checklist that can be used in the field.

In addition, Tom Crossmon will present some of the tips and tricks he has learned during many years of experience and after completing almost too-many-to-count successful recoveries.

Some of the topics addressed include dealing with vague information about the suspected location or “point last seen,” documenting the scene when necessary, assessing recovery options and techniques, and operating in environmental extremes (hot or cold weather, remote locations, and difficult bottom conditions like trees in man-made reservoirs). Tom’s experience and expertise have convinced him to attempt the recovery of a sunken tugboat using only his Defender for the subsea work, which when completed will hopefully become the subject of a future VideoRay Insights presentation – You won’t want to miss that one!

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay and Tom Crossmon, Crossmon Consulting

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The presentation will demonstrate how you can create and load charts for mission planning and real-time navigation. Topics to be discussed include: • Supported chart formats • Sources of ready-made geo-referenced charts • How to create your own charts from various mapping • Applications including Google Earth • How to load charts into Greensea Workspace, VideoRay’s  • Mission Specialist control software • How to work with charts • Mission Planning using charts

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Era Marine presents its simulator for VideoRay ROVs. This high-fidelity simulator delivers a realistic operational experience that can be used for training and mission practice for the VideoRay Defender, Pro 5 or Pro 4. The only requirements for the simulator are a PC and hand controller. This presentation will include demonstrations of operating the simulated ROVs for a variety of job tasks in several different undersea environments. The simulator supports accessories like sonar and DVL (for the Defender) to create an immersive experience and enable the full scope of the ROVs’ features and tools.

Presented By: Edvin Tousi, ERA Marine AB

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will describe the primary differences between VideoRay’s MISSION SPECIALIST and PRO 4 technologies. In addition to simple side-by-side comparison, the implications of these differences on the scope of jobs that can be accomplished and how to prepare and plan for those jobs will be discussed. Tips for upgraders will also be presented.

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
In this presentation, Ballard Marine Construction will share their experience integrating their VideoRay DEFENDER and positioning system with Remote GeoSystems geoDVR video recorder to capture geo-referenced videos and photos for building interactive map-based project deliverables. This introduction to subsea geospatial video will include a high-level overview covering both the acquisition and post-mission side of the video inspection project, including, equipment, set-up, configuration, data collection and basic playback and reporting in LineVision mapping software.

Presented By: Randy Bekkers, Ballard Marine Construction Jeff Dahlke, Remote GeoSystems

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will provide detailed information on how to setup and use the Seatrac USBL software.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will provide detailed information on how to setup and use the Seatrac USBL software.

Presented By: Jeff Orlowski, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.

Virtual Insights Presentation Series Archive

This presentation will discuss the technology used in the Defender for navigation and its capabilities, followed by an examination of factors that can influence the accuracy and precision of the vehicle’s reported position. With that understanding, tips and tricks will be offered to help you start on the right foot, minimize the errors and techniques to make adjustments and corrections.

Presented by: Arely Hernandez

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Non-destructive testing has been around for decades and has been used by divers and ROVs for underwater inspections. This primer will provide information about the features and capabilities of various systems including Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges, CP Probes and multi-sensor Sondes. Does your next project involve NDT?

Presented By: Arely Hernandez

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Many ROV projects depend on data from other sources, for example, a list of target coordinates, or the goal is to collect data and create reports. This presentation will discuss the data collection related features and capabilities of Mission Specialist systems and present some auxiliary tools that make repetitive data collection and reporting tasks easier.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Tunnel inspections are one of the more challenging types of underwater survey, and for several reasons: the length and shape of the tunnel, murky water, and zero visibility. Each factor presents a unique challenge to the ROV, which often puts demands and restrictions on the hardware and software. In response to this, ROV operators are turning to customizable setups with NaviSuite Mobula Pro + Processing (VideoRay), a versatile software to overcome these difficult conditions.

Presented By: Kevin Tomanka, OAR

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will begin by reviewing the periodic maintenance requirements of VideoRay’s Mission Specialist systems and then discuss many of the field operations maintenance procedures that can be performed by most operators. Discussions about field maintenance tips and best practices will also be included.

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Sonar image quality varies significantly depending on many factors. This presentation will discuss how sonar works and the settings available and then describe how to adjust those settings to enhance your images as much as possible. Other tips for using sonar in certain scenarios will also be provided.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Jog commands and waypoints are semi-autonomous controls in the Greensea’s EOD and Professional Workspace software. Understanding how they function and when they should be used can be crucial for complex missions. This presentation will be a deep dive into the subtleties, tips and tricks for using these features. Please join us for this Insights Presentation by Arely Hernandez as she presents Mastering Autonomous Control – Using Jog Commands and Waypoints

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Ride along on this mission to investigate a pipeline leak at 190 feet to assess the damage and evaluate repair options in high tidal currents and extremely low visibility.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
VideoRay has a comprehensive library of educational resources including documentation, virtual training lessons, operations tips, tech notes and more, all accessible online and available for download on almost any device. This tour will help you find information you need and preview some of the coming attractions.

Presented By: Jeff Orlowski, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
See VideoRay’s New Mission Specialist VersaRay – an exciting new vehicle platform for larger payloads and more versatility!

Presented By: Mike Willis, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
VideoRay recognizes that many users are not as familiar with Ubuntu, the operating system used in Mission Specialist systems, as they are with Microsoft Windows. This presentation will unlock the secrets and help you get more comfortable while working with your Defender or Pro 5. Even if you know the basics, there are sure to be a few tips that can help you be more productive and better able to diagnose computer problems.

Presented By: Scott Tevis, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
EOD Workspace has received an extensive overhaul to optimize it for operation on the VideoRay Splashproof Controller touch screen tablet. The non-military version of Workspace is also being separated into Professional Workspace, which includes autonomous navigation and control features, and Workspace, which does not. This presentation will highlight the enhancements of the Workspace product line and explain the differences among the products.

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
In this presentation, learn about how Rozalia Project uses ROVs to connect people to the underwater world right at their feet as well as learn about their cutting-edge work on microplastic and microfiber pollution through expedition science and innovation. The presentation will also share how VideoRay owners and operators (and people who simply love our ocean, lakes and rivers) can be part of the solutions to marine debris of all types from consumer debris to derelict fishing gear and macro-plastic to can’t-see-it-without-a-microscope microplastic.

Presented By: Rachael Zoe Miller

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve, was one of the largest Marine Protected Areas on earth, formed to protect its high levels of marine biodiversity and endemicity. Over 90% of its marine habitats lie in deep waters, beyond the reach of traditional scuba diving, and thus remain largely unexplored. Since 2015 the Seamount Research Project has been dedicated to exploring and describing the unknown biodiversity and habitats that exist in deeper waters. Among the most exciting discoveries has been finding deep-sea cold-water reefs, sponge gardens and mesophotic kelp forests. In this presentation, Salome will share how some of these discoveries came to be, the latest findings on describing these novel communities and some of the future research projects coming forth as a result of the discoveries so far.

Presented By: Salome Buglass

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
With almost a decade of experience monitoring fish communities in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM), we have surveyed multiple habitat types and evaluated various technologies to best capture fish community diversity and abundance of fisheries species. Habitat types surveyed include artificial reefs (e.g., oil and gas infrastructure, concrete structures, ships, etc.) and natural banks. Two types of micro Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), the VideoRay Pro 4 and the VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender, have been successfully used to visually document fish. Habitat type and project goals had a direct influence on ROV choice, survey methodology, and additional technologies chosen. Upcoming projects will further refine ROV methods for fish survey work in the GOM and allow comparisons with other fisheries survey technology.

Presented By: Jennifer Wetz

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will provide insights on how to improve your VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender inspection capabilities using EIVA’s NaviSuite Mobula software. Get expert tips on how to do job and dive planning with improved pilot situational awareness, interfacing sensors and performing accurate survey data acquisition to reducing pilot effort for reporting comprehensive inspection data deliverables.

Presented By: Antonio Felipe Silva, EIVA

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
In this presentation, the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for using a VideoRay Defender’s autonomous “lawn mowing” capability will be presented. This SOP includes a checklist that can be used in the field. In addition, Tom Crossmon will present some of the tips and tricks he has learned during many years of experience and after completing almost too-many-to-count successful recoveries.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay and Tom Crossmon, Crossmon Consulting Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
The presentation will demonstrate how you can create and load charts for mission planning and real-time navigation. Topics to be discussed include:

• Supported chart formats

• Sources of ready-made geo-referenced charts

• How to create your own charts from various mapping

• Applications including Google Earth

• How to load charts into Greensea Workspace

• VideoRay’s Mission Specialist control software

• How to work with charts

• Mission Planning using charts


Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
Era Marine presents its simulator for VideoRay ROVs. This high-fidelity simulator delivers a realistic operational experience that can be used for training and mission practice for the VideoRay Defender, Pro 5 or Pro 4. The only requirements for the simulator are a PC and hand controller. This presentation will include demonstrations of operating the simulated ROVs for a variety of job tasks in several different undersea environments. The simulator supports accessories like sonar and DVL (for the Defender) to create an immersive experience and enable the full scope of the ROVs’ features and tools.

Presented By: Edvin Tousi, ERA Marine AB

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will describe the primary differences between VideoRay’s MISSION SPECIALIST and PRO 4 technologies. In addition to simple side-by-side comparison, the implications of these differences on the scope of jobs that can be accomplished and how to prepare and plan for those jobs will be discussed. Tips for upgraders will also be presented.

Presented By: Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
In this presentation, Ballard Marine Construction will share their experience integrating their VideoRay DEFENDER and positioning system with Remote GeoSystems geoDVR video recorder to capture geo-referenced videos and photos for building interactive map-based project deliverables. This introduction to subsea geospatial video will include a high-level overview covering both the acquisition and post-mission side of the video inspection project, including, equipment, set-up, configuration, data collection and basic playback and reporting in LineVision mapping software.

Presented By: Randy Bekkers, Ballard Marine Construction Jeff Dahlke, Remote GeoSystems

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will provide detailed information on how to setup and use the Seatrac USBL software.

Presented By: Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.
This presentation will provide detailed information on how to setup and use the Seatrac USBL software.

Presented By: Jeff Orlowski, VideoRay

Fill out the information below to view the presentation.

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