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Title: Demonstration of remotely operated vehicles to aid underwater inspection of Corps of Engineers navigation structures : Winfield Locks and Dam, 13-17 August 2007
Authors: Lever, J. H.
Phetteplace, Gary E.
Keywords: Remote submersibles
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL ; TR-08-15.
Abstract: We organized a demonstration of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) at Winfield Locks and Dam to assess their merits to aid underwater inspections at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation facilities. The demo was informative, not competitive, with tasks varying according to concurrent diver-based inspections. The demo illustrated that commercially available ROVs can significantly aid divers, not replace them, in conducting underwater inspections. ROVs increase safety whenever their use precludes the need for divers and through pre-dive reconnaissance when dives are unavoidable. They also offer shorter mobilization, easier access to confined areas, and permanent visual inspections records. When gates are closed, ROVs can work safely within the turbulent leakage flow in stilling basins and could in principle be used to investigate leaky valves and gates with no risks to divers. Learning curves for the systems demonstrated were shortened by the divers’ exceptional knowledge of the underwater terrain and components to be inspected. Sonar was essential to navigate the ROVs in the low-visibility conditions, and the imaging sonar’s quasi-3D images made precision navigation easier. The costs of ROV systems are modest in relation to capital equipment common at locks and dams, and pale in comparison to the expense of unplanned maintenance arising from insufficient inspection coverage.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CRREL TR-08-15
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 36 pages/1.074 Mb
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