Insights Newsletter May 2022

Greetings! 

This month, EIVA is offering a free trial of its NaviSuite Mobula ROV autonomous control software for the VideoRay Defender (see below for details).  This software represents an evolutionary expansion of vehicle control autonomy (features like auto heading, go to location, etc.) to more advanced task- and job-related autonomy.  Rather than placing waypoints and having the vehicle fly the defined course, the vehicle is assigned a task, such as, inspect a pier wall.  Additionally, the autonomy extends beyond the operating phase and facilitates the report generation process. 

This is big news, and coupled with the latest “perception” sensors and on-board AI processors available now, we are passing through the gates of revolutionary changes in our industry.  ROVs will be programmed to do a job with little input about how to do it.  The ROV will process data about its surroundings in order to navigate within that space, classify what it encounters as relevant to its task or not, perform inspection and/or manipulative tasks to complete its objectives, and report on its mission.  For recurring jobs, “resident” systems will remove the need for operators to even be present on-site.  VideoRay is poised to lead this revolution – and the Defender platform is widely recognized as the go-to vehicle for many projects already funded and underway.  And if larger payloads and more power are required, the VersaRay is ready to step in. 

These are exciting times indeed!  What are your thoughts?

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

Virtual VideoRay Insights Presentation Series

May 19, 2022

Mastering Autonomous Control – Using Jog Commands and Waypoints

10am – 10:30am EDT

Arely Hernandez, VideoRay

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

Future Insights Presentation Events

Events are scheduled the third Thursday of every month

June 16, 2022

  • Optimizing Your Sonar Image Quality
  • What’s New in Greensea EOD Workspace 6

July 21, 2022

  • Mission Specialist Maintenance

August 18, 2022

  • It’s All about the Data Recording, Integration and Deliverables 
 
Presentations may be added to the above dates and beyond 

Free Trial for VideoRay Defender Owners

EIVA’s NaviSuite Mobula ROV control software for automated inspections and production of high quality deliverables is now available, and you can request a free trial. The capabilities range from advanced steering and video recording to sonar data processing and 3D visualizations. You can select a variant that fits your needs and budget and customize the interface to further enhance your productivity.  Contact EIVA for more information. 

Greensea EOD Workspace 6 Released

Tablet Touch Screen optimized interface and more…  Contact VideoRay Technical Support for information. 

Greensea Mission Tips

How can you start a mission?

  • From the Mission Tab, select the mission and click on the Execute button 
  • Right click on a waypoint and select Go to Waypoint 

 

How can you stop a mission? 

  • Displacing the horizontal motion joystick will stop the vehicle at its current location (Emergency Stop) 
  • Click the Hold button to “pause” the mission when it achieves the next waypoint.  

 

Overriding waypoint locks 

  • Manually adjusting the speed (slider), heading (joystick yaw control) or depth (vertical thrust control) during a mission will disable the corresponding lock automatically, or you can click a lock to enable/disable it. 

 

Editing waypoints while flying a mission 

  • You can move a waypoint (or several as a group) even while the mission is executing. 
  • The jog or bump controls can also be used to move the active waypoint. 

How can you start a mission? 

  • From the Mission Tab, select the mission and click on the Execute button 
  • Right click on a waypoint and select Go to Waypoint 

 

How can you stop a mission? 

  • Displacing the horizontal motion joystick will stop the vehicle at its current location (Emergency Stop) 
  • Click the Hold button to “pause” the mission when it achieves the next waypoint.  

 

Overriding waypoint locks 

  • Manually adjusting the speed (slider), heading (joystick yaw control) or depth (vertical thrust control) during a mission will disable the corresponding lock automatically, or you can click a lock to enable/disable it. 

 

Editing waypoints while flying a mission 

  • You can move a waypoint (or several as a group) even while the mission is executing. 
  • The jog or bump controls can also be used to move the active waypoint. 

Operator Tip of the Month – Lessons from the field

Get a grip!  A tip for retrieving objects. 

Technician Tip of the Month – Lessons from the shop

Too hot to handleDon’t let the ROV overheat while performing diagnostics. 

FAQ of the Month – Be “in the know”

Q:  Does VideoRay accept trade-ins? 

A:  Yes, trade-ins are accepted on purchases of new systems.  Trade-in value depends upon the system to be purchased, and the age and condition of the trade-in system and accessories included with it.  

Survey Question of the Month – Be counted

Are you interested in a formal ROV Operator / Technician certification program? 

Product of the Month – Be informed

When conditions are harsh, VideoRay’s CSMP protects your investment.

VideoRay’s Comprehensive Support & Maintenance Program

Quote of the Month – Be amused

“Yes, it’s done, but is it done done?” 

-Anonymous speaking about how that last 10% of a project often seems like the hardest part and when you feel like you are almost there, but you realize you’re not quite done done.

Submit a quote and get a free t-shirt!

Photo of the Month – Be inspired

A series of unfortunate events….
Photo by Tom Glebas, VideoRay

Email us a caption for this photo or your own VideoRay related photo – for a chance to win a VideoRay T-shirt!*  

Last month’s photo caption winner

Another fun day at the ROV zoo.”  Anonymous 

Observing a Defender in a test tank during a training session. 

Photo by Tom Glebas, VideoRay 

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 5 Basic Operator, Key Largo, FL, May 17-19, 2022 
  • Pro 4 Basic Operator, San Diego, CA, May 24-25, with additional Sonar Day, May 26, 2022 
  • Pro 4 Advanced Maintenance, Pottstown, PA, June 9-10, 2022 
  • Tether Termination, Pottstown, PA, June 13, 2022 
  • Mission Specialist Advanced Maintenance, Pottstown, PA, June 14-16, 2022 
  • Mission Specialist Basic Operator, San Diego, June 27-30, 2022 
  • Pro 4 Basic Operator, San Diego, July 26-27, with additional Sonar Day, July 28, 2022 
  • Mission Specialist Basic Operator, San Diego, August 22-25, 2022 
  • Pro 4 Basic Operator, Key Largo, FL, September 13-14, with additional Sonar Day, September 15, 2022 
  • Mission Specialist Basic Operator, San Diego, September 26-29, 2022 
  • Pro 4 Advanced Maintenance, Pottstown, PA, October 6-7, 2022 
  • Tether Termination, Pottstown, PA, October 10, 2022 
  • Mission Specialist Advanced Maintenance, Pottstown, PA, October 11-13, 2022 
  • Pro 5 Basic Operator, Key Largo, FL, October 18-20, 2022 
  • Pro 4 Basic Operator, San Diego, CA, October 25-26, with additional Sonar Day, October 27, 2022 

 

See more class dates and register online 

Meet VideoRay at these Upcoming Events

  • OTC (Offshore Technology Conference), May 2-5, 2022, Houston, TX, Booth 2347 
  • HYDROVISION International, July 12-14, 2022, Denver, CO, Booth 1040 
  • DEMA Show 2022, Nov 1-4, 2022, Orlando, FL 

Dealer Spotlight

Era Marine AB – Stockholm, Sweden https://www.eramarine.se/en/

Our team consists of experienced staff and expert consultants who can cooperate in the project if needed. 

  • Diving – Over 16 years of experience in diving in oil / gas, civil engineering and aquaculture with training in underwater inspection. 
  • Mechanics and Electronics – More than 20 years of experience working with electromechanical machines in various industries. 
  • Equipment – We work with equipment that is the market leader in underwater inspection. 

* – 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).