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    My BEST OF SHOW at Underwater Intervention

        Best of Show for me this year at Underwater Intervention is Dark Water Visions, The Hammer Head. I was walking around between meetings just looking at what the different booths had to offer. I've been around long enough that I don't get excited by most new innovations. The instant I put the Hammer Head on my thought was: “I would love to burn in black water with this!” After that first thought a whole list of times I was diving or supervising I would have loved to have it came to mind. I started running around like a diver just out of school grabbing guys like Donald Dryden, Les Gorski and Sid Preskitt: “You gotta see this!

      Everyone I showed immediately saw the value. The times (no vis.) you have had to argue with your customer because it is not like what the job plan or the As Built Prints say. The times (No Vis.) your fingers are telling you one thing and your head another. The times (no vis) you have a tie-in assembly and every valve has to be in the right position. You get the point!

     

      They are about 6 to 8 mouths being ready for anything but Scuba as their major market is Search & Rescue. Mainly done in scuba by Police and Fire Departments across the nation. Any Commercial Diving Company that works in Black Water and does not have this capability when offered to us:  It's my guess, you snooze you lose, your competitor will. They way the Hammer Head is set up right now, just the diver sees and it's not recorded. They will be offering topside viewing and recording through the divers umbilical in the near future.

     

      I believe that every Diver Supervisor and Inspection Coordinator will want this on their job. Even divers will be happy to ware it when it applies. They have used it for topside Welding & Burning and it works but so far they have not tested it in black water. They will be doing that soon. Anyone interested, can get on VP of Sales Christina Baker's E-mail list, I am!   christina@darkwatervision.com

     

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    Once it has been developed to the point of being surface monitored, I can see the oil companies requiring this technology for all asset inspections in zero visibility. The sales people ought to be marketing this to Chevron, Shell, Exxon-Mobil, BP, Total, Aramco and the rest of the lot just as soon as they can get the imagery onto a surface monitor. This looks like breakthrough technology to me.

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    We've been monitoring the progress of this system for a while now and asking lots of questions of the developers - it seems as though it works well in tanin-stained waters, when it comes to water that is dirty with particles it improves visibility in limited viz., but doesn't help when the particles are really thick and you can't see bugger all - even the IR light can't penetrate the particle soup then.

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