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Insights Newsletter December 2022

We’re looking forward to 2023 – How about you?

We hope your 2022 was good and wish you the best for the coming year!  It’s been a busy, exciting, productive and successful year at VideoRay.  Perhaps our greatest technological achievement to date is the completion of 10 successful, expeditionary operations at over 1 km (3,300 ft) of depth with a large payload on the Defender, doing real work at depth for over an hour out of a small boat without any surface or subsea tether handling system or garage. “The progress we made during these deep dives shows that we could successfully complete an underwater supervised autonomous mission at depths of more than 1,000 meters without any damage to the system. The M2NS system succeeded where no other system of this class has before.”  https://www.therobotreport.com/re2-videoray-robot-hits-underwater-depth-milestone/

2023 promises to be an even more busy, exciting, productive and successful encore.  To prepare, we are growing and hiring for multiple positions – do you have the right stuff?  See current job openings on our Careers page https://videoray.com/about-us/careers/.

As always, please share your comments, recommendations, and requests to: insights@videoray.com.

Virtual VideoRay Insights Presentation Series

December 15th, 2022

Technical Overview of Impact Subsea’s Range of Sonars and Flooded Member Detection Systems

10am – 10:30am EST

Asser Awaad, Technical Sales Engineer, Impact Subsea

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.

Mission Recording and Playback

10:30am – 11:00am EST

Presenter: Tom Glebas

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.

Future Insights Presentation Events

Events are scheduled the third Thursday of every month

 

ROV Fleet and Configuration Management

Configuration management is a critical concern for those who manage a fleet of ROVs, but even if you only own one ROV, 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

 

Mission Specialist Diagnostic Interfaces and Tools

The Mission Specialist uses several software interfaces that can help assess the health of your system and report information that can be helpful for diagnosing problems.  VideoRay has also created several diagnostic tools to complement these software features.  This presentation will describe what features and tools are available and provide demonstrations of how they can be used to identify and solve problems or provide better data to VideoRay Support Technicians when you can’t solve the problem by yourself.

Presenter: TBD

Events are scheduled the third Thursday of every month

Configuration management is a critical concern for those who manage a fleet of ROVs, but even if you only own one ROV, 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

The Mission Specialist uses several software interfaces that can help assess the health of your system and report information that can be helpful for diagnosing problems.  VideoRay has also created several diagnostic tools to complement these software features.  This presentation will describe what features and tools are available and provide demonstrations of how they can be used to identify and solve problems or provide better data to VideoRay Support Technicians when you can’t solve the problem by yourself.

Presenter: TBD

Recording to an External Hard Drive in Greensea Workspace

Recording video and images during missions can result in a large amount of data in multiple files. Managing this data can be time consuming, and if not done regularly can affect the system’s performance. Finding data from previous projects can also be challenging if you don’t have a good archival plan and maintain it.

One solution is to record directly to an external hard drive, which also eliminates space problems on the control console.

In order to record directly to an external hard drive, follow these directions. [read more]

SONAR Settings – What is Bias and Span?

Most SONAR controls including: range, gain, frequency, and color palette are generally intuitive, but what is this Bias and Span thing?  The Bias and Span control consists of two sliders on an intensity scale.  The scale maps the intensity of the SONAR return to a color value for display, with the lowest amplitude (0) on the left and the highest on the right.  The yellow slider bars at each end are… [read more]  

Operator Tip of the Month – Lessons from the field

Do you need to do a close-up inspection in murky water?  Try a clear water lens bag. [read more]

Technician Tip of the Month – Lessons from the shop

The Mission Specialist included tool kit contains almost all of the tools required to service your system, but a well-equipped shop should include other commonly used tools.  Here is a list of frequently recommended tools for your shop. [read more]

FAQ of the Month – Be “in the know”

Q:  What types of training does VideoRay offer?

A:  VideoRay offers a variety of in-person, remote live and recorded training opportunities.  In-person training can be at of our Open Enrollment classes offered regularly in San Diego, CA, Key Largo, FL or Pottstown. PA for (most suitable for individuals or groups of 3 or less) or the location or your choice at (most suitable for groups of 4 or more).  Remote training can be live virtually or recorded lessons from our VideoRay Training Library.  Topics are for operators, technicians and supervisors on all technical aspects of VideoRay systems and accessories.  For more information, speak with your VideoRay Account Manager, or email training@videoray.com.

Survey Question of the Month – Be counted

How many VideoRay ROVs are in your fleet?

User Project of the MonthBe engaging

Email us information about your VideoRay project for a chance to win a VideoRay T-shirt!*

Defender Underwater ROV.

This photo is from a recent demonstration of three exciting technologies, combining the VideoRay Defender, the ECS special projects Viper and the Sonardyne IT6 acoustic firing device to approach and identify a sub-surface buoyant target. The target was then neutralized using the Viper Nail gun to attach a shaped charge to it.  The charge was then successfully remotely initiated by the Sonardyne IT6 using an encrypted acoustic pulse from a range of 1000 m. (Photo Credit: Rob Cornick)

Product of the Month – Be informed

Mission Specialist Modules Spares Kit

Mission Specialist Defender Modules Spares Kit.  With every VideoRay module required for the Defender, it’s like an extra ROV in a without minus the frame.  This is the perfect addition for projects in remote locations where on-board spares and repairs are critical.

Quote of the Month – Be amused

“I thought you brought the hand controller?”

Email us a quote for a chance to win a VideoRay T-shirt!*  

Photo of the Month – Be inspired

Me looking at you looking at me, during Defender operator training at the
University of Calabria, Consenza, Italy Photo by Tom Glebas

Email us a caption or a photo for a chance to win a VideoRay T-shirt!*  

Last month’s photo caption winner

“Special Delivery!”

Defender at Lake Conroe with Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Photo by Brandon Turner

 

Trivia Tidbit of the Month – Be stumped

How long does it take to assemble a Defender (if all parts are in stock and available)?

Answers at the bottom of the page.

VideoRay Training

In-person classes are being offered in Key Largo, FL and at VideoRay’s San Diego, CA office.

On-site classes are also available.

Live virtual classes are now being offered…  anywhere you want.

Self-paced virtual training lessons can be found in VideoRay’s Training Library any time you want. Virtual Training Library

Email training@videoray.com or call 610-458-3000 and ask to speak to the Training Administrator for more information about              in-person classes.

Upcoming Classes

  • Pro 4 Basic Operator, San Diego, CA, January 16-17, 2023, with optional Sonar Day, January 18, 2023
  • Pro 5 Basic Operator, including Sonar Day, San Diego, CA, February 6-8, 2023
  • Pro 4 Basic Operator, Key Largo, FL, February 15-16, 2023, with optional Sonar Day, February 17, 2023
  • Pro 5 Basic Operator, including Sonar Day, Key Largo, FL, March 15-17, 2023

 

See more class dates and register online 

Dealer Spotlight

Nautikaris, located in Ijmuiden, Netherlands, is your best solution for VideoRay and related needs for Hydrographic and Oceanographic Systems, Meteorological instrumentations and system solutions, Acoustic 3D Imaging Systems, Subsea communication, Positioning Equipment, Underwater Connectors, Rugged Data Collectors, Marine LED Navigation Lights and Wireless Small band Radio telemetry networks.

Margadantstraat 36, 1975 GA Ijmuiden, Netherlands

+31 (0)25 58 20 000

Trivia Tidbit Answer

4 hours by our Production Manager, Kollin, with his eyes closed!

* – Each month, one submission in each category will be selected and the submitter will receive a VideoRay T-shirt.  Please include your T-shirt size with your submission to expedite its delivery.  Use the respective links above to enter your submission.  VideoRay reserves the right to select its own submission.  Submitters agree that they have rights to the content they submit and to allow VideoRay unlimited rights to use and publish and their submission(s).