ROV's FOR BEGINNERS
The ROV ( Remotely Controlled Vehicle ) Has been used for the last 30 years
all over the world by different organization to get access to underwater
locations not easily accessible by Divers or by other means. Historically the
ROV could be called a remotely controlled Camera and tooling platform.
Lately the ROV has also performed tasks that Divers can perform due to
economical and safety reasons. The improvements in performance and reliability
of the equipment has increased over the last few years 100 fold compared with in
This section will try to in simple terms try to explain what components a
standard ROV consist of and what everyday underwater tasks a standard ROV can
The origins of the ROV a discussion
The Remotely Operated Vehicle has been in development since the early 1950
's, with the Rebikoff " Chien Plongeur " 1954 to the latest Quest
The ROV is described by the early engineers and users as a remotely
controlled camera, which provide a stable platform for a Video, Still Camera and
Lighting System. The Visual aids could be used for various inspection tasks. The
main advantage being that the ROV was expendable, the loss of an ROV would not
put any peoples life and limbs at risk.
The first to start to use the ROV and it's derivatives was the different
Navies around the world. As the economies of scales applied eventually the Cost
of this technology made it possible to apply this technology in commercial
applications such as oil prospecting, oceanography and fisheries.
Today you can find ROV's used all over the world even off the back of
peoples personal Sailing or Motor Boat. The prices are some times as low as a
few thousand US dollars.