Multibeam Imaging Sonar on ROVs – Why They Matter

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Multibeam Imaging Sonar on ROVs – Why They Matter

Postby scott_bentley » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:20 pm

Multibeam Imaging Sonar on ROVs – Why They Matter

Lee Thompson, CEO, BlueView Technologies, Inc.
http://www.blueview.com

One of the biggest challenges with micro and inspection class ROV is not the systems themselves, but rather the environments they typically work in. Due to their smaller size and operational depths, much of the work performed by these systems is done in shallow water where visibility is regularly described in inches rather than feet. Over the last 5 years, many organizations have made forward looking multibeam based imaging sonar - sometimes referred to as acoustic cameras - standard equipment on their ROVs in order to ensure efficient operation in almost all working conditions. One of the key advantages of multibeam based imaging sonar is the ability to produce detailed images from both stationary and moving ROVs. For the first time, ROV pilots can easily fly-by-sonar rather than rely on compass style navigation while working on poor visibility conditions. In addition to the navigation aspect, imaging sonar systems allow for longer range detection of such things as divers and leaks, significantly expanding the systems search and monitoring capabilities.
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Postby scott_bentley » Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:28 pm

Lee Thompson co-founded BlueView Technologies in 2003 to deliver ground-breaking underwater visions systems to the maritime community. As BlueView’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, he sets the business and technical vision for BlueView. He has lead BlueView through its rapid growth since 2005 during which it has delivered over 400 commercial products into a wide range of fielded systems for Navy, Port Security, and Offshore Oil and Gas, and achieved a 95/100 customer satisfaction rating. Dr. Thompson has secured and managed over $15M in R&D and commercial funding and developed technologies leading to multiple product developments in fields of Navy systems, medical ultrasound, consumer products, and marine electronics. He continues to oversee BlueView’s rapid development and transition of 2D and 3D acoustic imaging technology, custom products, and commercial products. BlueView’s unique underwater vision systems deliver significant improvements in size, weight, power, and performance over conventional systems and enable new capabilities that are improving safety, security, efficiency and understanding in many maritime fields.

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