Posted on 16.07.2010 - 10:00 EDT in SURVEY NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
With demand for integrated flexible solutions for subsea positioning increasing, Ashtead Technology have recently placed an order with CDL for the purchase of CDL MobIUS-R, MiniPOS3 and TOGS systems worth in excess of £600,000.
Ashtead's Base Manager, Ian Harvey, commented: "Our customers are pushing for the latest technology available in the field. CDL products have proved exceedingly popular in our rental fleet and we are delighted to be placing this substantial order with CDL so we can offer our customers the very latest solutions available, allowing them to perform increasingly sophisticated tasks in the harshest of environments."
Newly launched, the MobIUS (Mobile Inertial Underwater System) has been designed to meet the latest needs of the subsea positioning industry. Heading, Attitude, Speed of Sound, Acoustic Telemetry and Ranging are all available in a slim, compact, rugged ROV friendly package with optional U/W display. An integrated battery pack provides power to the unit for 24Hrs.
The MiniPOS3 is the very latest Inertial Navigation System (INS) from CDL providing highly accurate Heading, Pitch and Roll alongside multiple aiding options including USBL, LBL, DVL, GPS and depth sensor to provide an aided positioning solution that eliminates almost all of the inherent noise and availability issues of traditional positioning systems.
The TOGS (Tiny Optical Gyro System) is a low cost FOG (Fibre Optic Gyro) based North seeking compass with full AHRS capability for use on vessel, AUV and ROV. Its small size and light weight allow for an extremely flexible system suitable for use where space is at a premium and the uptake for ROV operations since its launch late last year has been impressive.
Ashtead Technology is a premium supplier of rental equipment for a wide variety of applications, including Subsea Construction, IRM and offshore survey and positioning. With offices in Aberdeen, Houston and Singapore, Ashtead are able to back up their global availability with local technical support.
Kevin McBarron, CDL's Managing Director, said: "Ashtead have been a long term supporter of CDL and understand the importance of staying at the cutting edge of positioning technology. This latest investment includes the purchase of the first MiniPOS3 systems and confirms Ashtead's commitment to offer its client base the very latest technologies as Inertial Navigation continues its push into
mainstream offshore positioning."