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ROV Piloting Simulator

Simulator corresponds with class "A" of IMCA classification, intended for training ROV Pilot Technicians Grade I.

Simulator is intended for drilling practical skills on piloting of ROVs of observation and working classes, including drilling of skills on supervision for underwater objects, their inspection and interference. 

Simulator consists of Instructor WorkPlace and Student WorkPlaces.

Instructor WorkPlace provides control of the training process of the student.

Instructor WorkPlace functions:

 

  • choice of exercise in wich type of ROV, parameters of underwater surroundings are set.
  • visual monitoring on the progress on each Student WorkPalce from different angles.
  • record and playback of the exercises for the following analysis. 
  • change of the parameters of underwater surroundings (direction and speed of drift, surge of the sea, visibility) during drilling of exercise by the students.
  • input of the failures of engine, deep submergence system, video monitoring, lighting and others.

 

Student WorkPlace functions:

 

  • exercises on ROV piloting,
  • ROV simulation,
  • control of ROV simulator,
  • display on the screen the image of underwater surroundings, which comes from the video system, in real time mode.
  • sonar simulation.

 

For drilling of the different tasks in ROV the following instruments are simulated:

 

  • manipulators with 5 and 7 degrees of freedom,
  • laser distance meter,
  • cathode potential detector,
  • video camera,
  • suction dredge.

 

On the separate order into the simulator there can be implemented the exercises, including 3D scenes and ROV models with more complicated manipulators for drilling of specialized tasks.

 

EXERCISE SAMPLES

1. Drill Ship Inspection

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Overview: The ROV is launched from the side of a drill ship with rig deployed.

Features: A forth camera is mounted on the wrist of the right, 7 DOF manipulator to assist your inspection.

Goals: Safely operate the ROV from the surface to the ocean floor while locating and identifying all the major components of the rig, riser, BOP, etc. 

Evaluation: Performance gauged by operator's skill in ROV maneuvers and ability to locate and identify rig components.

 

2. Pipeline Inspection

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Overview: An oily sheen was reported in the vicinity and due to wind and current the exact location of its source is unknown. There are 4 pipelines in the immediate area.

Features: A forth camera is mounted on the wrist of the right, 7 DOF manipulator to assist your inspection.

Goals: Conduct an inspection of the pipelines in order to locate the source of the suspected leak. Find and record the leaks location (Latitude/Longitude), the number of the pipe and its date of installation.

Evaluation: Performance gauged by operator's skill in ROV maneuvers, use of SONAR to navigate and ability to maintain umbilical using TMS. Each time the mission is run the location of the leak will be different.

 

3. Lost AUV Search

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Overview: An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was lost in the vicinity while conducting survey operations.

It's exact location is unknown but is believed to be within 1 nm (2 km) of your current position.

Features: A forth camera is mounted on the wrist of the right, 7 DOF manipulator to assist your inspection.

Goals: Conduct a search pattern of the ocean floor to locate the lost AUV. Find and record the AUV's location (Latitude/Longitude).

Evaluation: Performance gauged by the operator's skill in ROV maneuvers, use of SONAR to navigate and locate the AUV, and the team's ability to maintain the umbilical using the TMS. Each time the mission is run the location of the AUV will be different.

 

4. Mooring Anchor Inspection

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Overview: The captain in charge of mooring operations for a floating oil platform reports that he suspects on of the mooring anchors has not set properly.

Features: A forth camera is mounted on the wrist of the right, 7 DOF manipulator to assist your inspection.

Goals: Locate the mooring gear (rode and anchor) and record their condition, whether they are fouled or set properly. Also draw a map of any obstructions found that may interfere with setting an anchor in that vicinity and assist in locating a more suitable area if required.

Evaluation: Performance is gauged by the operator's skill in ROV maneuvers, use of SONAR to navigate and locate the anchor, and the team's ability to maintain the umbilical using the TMS.

 

5. Oil Platform Inspection

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Overview: A routine inspection of the oil platform is to be conducted

Features: A "Cathodic Potential" (Cp) probe is mounted to the wrist of the right, 7 DOF manipulator and mini observation ROV are included to assist in your inspection

Goals: Record any visual damage or obstructions that are observed including their location. Conduct a thorough Cp survey of the horizontal frame and record any irregularities

Evaluation: Performance is gauged by the operator's skill in ROV maneuvers, ability to discern issues, and operation of manipulators and Cp probe. Team performance is judged by their ability to maintain positional awareness and maintain the umbilical using the TMS

 

6. Suction Dredge Intervention

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Overview: An oily sheen was reported in the area and its source located. In the vicinity are several oil pipelines, some of which have been covered by loose sand and silt.

An inspection class ROV has been deployed and is prepositioned at the suspected leak

Features: A 5" suction dredge is mounted to the wrist of your right 7-DOF manipulator

Goals: Remove sand and silt to expose the source of the leak

Evaluation: Performance is gauged by the operator's skill in ROV maneuvers and use of manipulators and suction dredge. Team performance is judged by their ability to maintain positional awareness and maintain the umbilical using the TMS

 

7. Suction Pile Anchor Intervention

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Overview: Mooring operations for a platform is being conducted and a suction pile anchor has been lowered, installed and awaits confirmation that it is positioned properly, level and then valves closed and bridle released

Goals: Locate the anchor and verify it is level by checking it's bull's eye level. Close the two main valves by turning their control levers clockwise. Locate each quick release shackle and release it by turning it's lever counter clockwise

Evaluation: Performance is gauged by the operator's skill in ROV maneuvers, minimum thruster power is used to maintain position and minimum force is used to control valves and shackles. Team performance is judged by their ability to properly position ROV to accomplish each goal and maintain position while effecting each task. Team is further judged by their ability to maintain positional awareness and maintain the umbilical using the TMS