The d’ROP, a dynamic Remotely Operated Survey Platform, has been developed by Bibby HydroMap (former Osiris Projects).
The d’ROP is designed initially for operation from the company’s newly launched survey vessel Bibby Athena.
Deployed vertically through the vessel’s moonpool, the system relies upon the support vessel for forward propulsion, a bespoke heave-compensated umbilical winch and combined LARS for its vertical control with the on-board thrusters maintaining heading and fine adjustments to the lateral position.
Whilst the system was designed primarily for precision-tracking of buried cables and pipelines in coastal environments, the d’ROP can accept multiple sensors simultaneously. Data is transmitted through a fibre-optic connection for quick, reliable transfer.
The system also has the ability to convert into a seabed crawler in suitable seabed conditions.
The d’ROP will be on board Bibby Athena at the Ocean Business exhibition in Southampton, UK, from 14-16 April 2015.