We sat down with Francisco Domingo of INMARVENCO C.A., a Venezuelan commercial diving company, to discuss his team’s experience using their SRV-8 ROV (remotely operated vehicle) for underwater pipeline inspections. During our interview, he discussed what types of solutions the SRV-8 offers for offshore professionals, and why they chose Oceanbotics over other ROV companies. See the full interview below. What are some of the main factors that influenced your decision to choose the SRV-8 ROV over other competitors? Bigger isn’t always better. With a system like Oceanbotics’ SRV-8, you can perform the same, if not better, than larger ROVs in rough ocean conditions. We were looking for a compact, small ROV capable of operating in adverse offshore conditions. We wanted an underwater drone that could provide the same value as our bigger ROVs because it saves a lot of money for our clients. In terms of performance, what are your thoughts on our [...]
Recently, an SRV-8X Optimus ROV descended 466m (1,528ft) deep underwater. This particular ROV has several accessories including Advanced Navigation USBL, Blueprint Oculus Multibeam Sonar, and a 3.5mm fiber optic tether. Operating 265m (870ft) from the vessel, the SRV-8X Optimus ROV was documented at 466m (1,528ft) deep. With a maximum depth range of 500m, this depth was an astounding feat for the ROV, and for the Oceanbotics team. The SRV-8X Optimus is Oceanbotics’ larger, more powerful underwater ROV. With increased payload capacity, longer battery life, and an increased depth range, the new SRV-8X Optimus will help you complete any mission.
Our company is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) teams at California State University, Fullerton. We recognize the importance of supporting the next generation of innovators in the field of underwater robotics and engineering. As we look into the future of underwater technology, including underwater drones and undersea vehicles, we must continue to empower college students in their efforts to develop new technological advancements. Isaiah Odunze, a member of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) team, had this to say about his time in the program and Oceanbotics Inc: “I had the privilege of working on the 2022-2023 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) senior design project at California State University, Fullerton. Our team of computer engineers went through the process of improving, modifying, and testing the Legacy AUV platform here on campus. I learned a lot about the limitations of working on underwater robotics, [...]
The SRV-8 MDV (Mine Disposal Vehicle) is a new addition to Oceanbotics’ Special Purpose Vehicle Division. This field-tested underwater ROV will detect and eliminate explosive mine threats quickly and efficiently, utilizing ECS Special Projects’ Viper MDS technology for neutralizing improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The SRV-8 MDV’s ease of use and adaptive software will allow commercial and naval EOD teams to locate and neutralize mine threats quickly. The SRV-8 MDV (Mine Disposal Vehicle) Operators will first use the SRV-8 MDV’s state-of-the-art imaging sonar to detect the mine threat. Upon reaching the mine, the Viper MDS will secure the charge disruptor to the mine. The operator will then navigate the ROV away from the mine threat while deploying a spooled shock tube that is tethered from the charge to the ROV. By activating the charge through the shock tube, the operator will effectively neutralize the mine threat, ensuring the safety of both [...]
Oceanbotics Inc. is proud to announce the launch of its new, larger, underwater ROV. The SRV-8X Optimus is a larger and more powerful version of its small but mighty brother, the industry-leading, easy to use, SRV-8 ROV. The SRV-8X Optimus The SRV-8X Optimus pushes the limits required for challenging offshore deployments, offering significant payload capabilities and an increased number of sensors for more demanding and deeper underwater missions. The ROV is battery-operated, permitting improved range and ease of movement (down to 500m depth). It also offers sophisticated data synchronization with SubNav-X™ software for seamless integration of optional accessories and a “plug-n-play” installation. The SRV-8 (left) and the SRV-8X Optimus (right) These increased capabilities make the SRV-8X Optimus ideal for market applications such as search and rescue, civil inspection, military defense, offshore drilling, and more. The SRV-8X Optimus expands the reach of those looking to navigate the underwater [...]
Nobody knows where tiger sharks give birth. One team of scientists deploys an arsenal of new technology, including the Oceanbotics™ SRV-8, to find out, but for it to work, they need to meet some of the biggest tiger shark mothers, face-to-face. Take a look at some behind the scenes images on how exactly the team used the ROV in various ways to study the behavior of these sharks. Images courtesy of Discovery Channel >> discovery.com/shark-week/behind-the-scenes--mothersharker Watch Mothersharker on Discovery and stream SHARK WEEK now on discovery+.
About 1,200 kilometers north of Perth, AU along the East Indian Ocean lies Ningaloo Marine Park, a deep reef ecosystem that supports a wide range of animals from whale sharks, turtles and other shallow and deep water habitat dwellers. The most unique feature of this 2,435 square km park is that the water depths range from 30m to more than 500m. In fact, 55% of Ningaloo Marine Park’s reefs are in water depths greater than 20 meters. These deep water reefs are called Mesophotic reefs, where light still reaches the seafloor and can be between 30 to 150 meters below the ocean’s surface. Because of the difficulties in accessing deeper parts of these marine environment, mesophotic reefs remain understudied globally. "By studying deep reef ecosystems and understanding the differences between shallow and deep water habitats will help determine the most important factors for long-term stability. “If these deepwater habitats are as important [...]
SRV-8 in the field - taken by Topaz Subsea, Australian Distributor Simply put, Oceanbotics™ is the latest division of RJE International, Inc. However, if you take a closer look, you will ﬁnd that Oceanbotics™ represents far more than that. You will discover an interesting history, uncover exquisite design, experience intuitive technology, cutting-edge software, and witness a relentless dedication to the creation of a positive customer experience. This ceaseless drive to innovate recently culminated in the launch of the SRV-8, a professional-grade Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that delivers next-generation maneuverability and versatility. But ﬁrst, a little bit of that history….Click the link below to see the full article: Oceanbotics in Ocean News and Technology (March)
Remote Imaging solutions (RIS) recently conducted subsea work for Defense Science and Technology Group (DSTG) at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia by utilising ROVs for an in-water hull survey on HMAS Ballarat in order to assess the amount of marine bio fouling on the ship’s hull. HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) is an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy. The frigate was laid down in 2000 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in mid-2004. Ballarat is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Ballarat‘s combat capabilities have been significantly improved under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade program, a world class program that provides an enhanced sensor and weapons systems capability. HMAS Ballarat recently returned to HMAS Stirling on Garden Island from an overseas deployment. Prior to moving to the Australian Maritime Complex (AMC) in Henderson for maintenance, RIS was able to mobilise to Garden Island to conduct the in-water hull survey. The inspection took a day [...]
Oceanbotics is proud to support courageous first responders throughout the United States. Congrats to the Northeast Fire/Rescue dive team on completing their Dive Rescue 1 this week. The team will consist of 12 members, all of which are certified. The Dive team plans to go live and available to respond anywhere in Fort Bend County, starting Monday. Solid work guys! The SRV-8 looks right at home with your team. Stay Safe! Courtesy Northeast Fort Bend County Fire Dept. Facebook Page