ROV Innovations were recently hired to fly down to Melbourne to inspect a cooling system tank for Hewlett Packard. The system had previously been inspected by a different company however due to the turbidity within the tank, the footage obtained was unusable. A second difficulty was the physical restrictions getting the ROV into the tank. Pipelines along the roof restricted the space on entry to the tank, however the modular ability of the Seamor ROV allowed the float to be removed and the ROV to squeeze past the pipe works and into the cooling tank.
With the High Definition 1080p30 Sony camera, and VisionClear live video optimisation, we were able to see just enough to confirm the bottom condition of the tank. Considering the extremely high level of particulate material within the cooling system, we were impressed with the performance of the ROV and vision clear technology. Unfortunately we could not provide a complete inspection with the confidence required due to the water parameters, but offered some solutions for the HP team to proceed. With all LED spotlights on the ROV (over 6000 lumens), we lost total ROV visibility (including lights) at only 70cm depth.
While in the building, the sprinkler fire tank was also inspected, allowing the HP maintenance staff to view live its internal condition. The walls, floor, pipe penetrations, and electronics were viewed in true hi-def allowing technicians to make the relevant calls on future maintenance of the fire protection system.
Thanks to Eddie and Stephen at HP for their assistance on the day, and making a rather difficult inspection as easy as possible.
ROV Innovations provides High Definition underwater footage for industries such as Marine Conservation and Research, Australian Biosecurity, Customs, Documentary and Film Makers, Oil and Gas industries, and AQIS to name a few.