SeaBotix vLBV in Air-Deployed MCM Exercise.
The SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV was recently part of a ground breaking MCM test exercise put on by Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit One (EODTEU ONE) in San Diego. Two small combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC) containing the vLBV and an AUV were launched from a C-130 Aircraft via parachute to the ocean off Southern California and followed by a contingent of US Navy EOD technicians.
Exploring History - SeaBotix ROV Enters and Records Interior of Gallipoli’s AE2 Submarine, Sunk Almost a Century Ago.
SeaBotix custom designed vLBV assisted the first archaeological expedition of Australian scientists and historians to enter and record the interior of the HMAS AE2 submarine lying in 72 meters of water. The only entrance into the submarine was through the conning tower requiring a reduced footprint, but yet the payload capacity to carry a HD camera and ARIS multi beam sonar. Once inside the goal was to capture as much data as possible to help recreate the story of the AE2. A standard vLBV300 was also utilized to survey the exterior of the AE2 as well as install large cathodic protection pods. The AE2, sitting on the floor of Turkey’s Sea of Mamara, was scuttled on April 30, 1915 after dodging Turkish mines and torpedoes for five days.
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SeaBotix Visited by UK's Leading Robotics and Autonomous Systems Startups.
In cooperation with The Maritime Alliance, SeaBotix was visited by an entrepreneur group of UK’s leading Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) startups. Their unique mission was designed to bring together the UK and US RAS sectors to share knowledge and help the UK firms lay the groundwork for expanding their robotics market. The group’s agenda covered over 20 events in San Diego, Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
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SeaBotix LBV Supports Anti-Flooding Efforts at Folsom Dam.
Pro-ROV Services, a San Diego based hydrographic imaging, inspection and survey company, utilized a SeaBotix LBV300-6 to inspect a 2,800 foot long turbidity curtain along the base of the spillway in the fore bay of the Folsom Dam. The inspection project’s goal was to view and record each seam of the turbidity curtain to identify any missing portions and to see if the curtain was unaligned along the bottom.
SeaBotix LBV-300-5 Used for Deepwater Intervention at a Hydroelectric Dam.
Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc. located in Murray, Kentucky, utilized a SeaBotix LBV300-5 MiniROV to perform an emergency inspection within the American Electric Power (AEP) Smith Mountain Dam located on the Roanoke River in Southwestern Virginia. The ROV was needed to locate and inspect the condition of a broken movable screen and cable, which are used during generation and then raised prior to pumping back through during times of low power need. Their main concern was the ability to complete the repairs with the least risk to diving personnel. Also, the hydroelectric power generation’s unplanned shut down was subject to large fines if not back up in a timely manner.
The LBV inspection located the top of the moveable screen in about 130’ of water and the section of cable at a depth of about 170’ – maximum depth of the intervention was about 200’. Mainsteam's team (part of an eleven man crew) also assisted with repairs, which included more ROV inspections and the usage of the LBV’s three jaw manipulator. Using the SeaBotix MiniROV allowed the completion of the project with reduced mobilization time. The efficiency led to a more timely method of getting the facility back in service.
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SeaBotix LBV-300-5 MiniROV - 4,000 Hours of Operation and Still Active.
Norway based ROVas, an underwater inspection and service company, continues to utilize a SeaBotix LBV300-5 that has logged over 4,000 hours. According to ROVas General Manager, Robert Olsen, SeaBotix MiniROVs provide a "very good, stable platform that is versatile for many applications and so easy to transport."
SeaBotix vLBV - Providing the Nuclear Industry with Tools for Cost Effective Process Innovations.
James Fisher Nuclear (JFN), a leading provider of marine and engineering services, has added another SeaBotix vLBV to their equipment fleet. The MiniROV (that has key components coated with a specialized protective layer to withstand high pH conditions) is being used within the Sellafield nuclear site to supplement general visual inspections with new cost effective processing innovations.
SeaBotix vLBV Sales Reach 100 Systems.
SeaBotix is extremely proud to announce 100 sales of its vectored Little Benthic Vehicle (vLBV). Launched in 2011, the vLBV was the brainchild of SeaBotix' Senior Vice President, Jesse Rodocker, whose vision was to address the subsea industry's need for a small, easily deployable, compact ROV with adjustable angle (vectored) thrusters in order to complement and advance the capability of the well-established SeaBotix ROV range in the offshore environment. The vLBV has become one of the best performing, most adaptable and fastest selling Observation Class ROVs on the market.
Ashtead Technology Has Established a Distributor Agreement With SeaBotix.
At the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Ashtead Technology, an international subsea equipment specialist, announced a distributor agreement with SeaBotix Inc. for the sale and global rental of SeaBotix MiniROV systems.
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Orca Maritime Recovers Deep Water Transponder Using a SeaBotix vLBV with Tritech SeaPrince Scanning Sonar.
Utilizing a SeaBotix vLBV300, equipped with high resolution Tritech SeaPrince sonar imagery, Orca Maritime successfully recovered an anchored deep water transponder valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. There were three unsuccessful attempts to locate and recover the transponder before enlisting the assistance of Orca Maritime.
Within 16 minutes of free diving the vLBV off a live boat, Orca Maritime’s 3-man team, headed up by Chad Nelson, found and recovered the transponder at a depth of 721 ft (220 m). It had been supported by two buoys at 65 ft (20 m). The release was performed by cutting the line under the transponder using a SeaBotix cutting grabber attached to the ROV. Orca Maritime, located in Imperial Beach, California, specializes in underwater imagery and data collection using ROVs, AUVs and divers. Services are provided by small teams with portable equipment, resulting in rapid-response, low-cost operations.
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SeaBotix vLBVs Dive into the Frozen Depths of the Arctic to Produce Vivid Footage of the Most Northern Shipwreck.
At the request of the Royal Canadian Navy, SeaBotix vLBVs and the ROV expertise of co-founder Jesse Rodocker accompanied an expedition of the Joint Task Force North Operation Nunalivut. The team combined air force, army and navy and braved the arctic cold to explore the historic sunken HMS Breadalbane.
It had been over 31 years since the last filming of the shipwreck. SeaBotix vLBVs, equipped with a wide selection of sensors, captured extensive HD footage as well as priceless imaging and profiling sonar data. The Breadalbane, a wooden vessel with three masts, sunk off Beechey Island in the Northwest Passage in 1853.
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SeaBotix LBV on CNN - Demonstrating Underwater People Searches.
SeaBotix LBV300-5 was featured on CNNís Anderson Cooper 360 demonstrating how robotics can be used to assist in underwater searches for people such as the ones aboard the South Korean ferry disaster. Rhonda Moniz, SeaBotix Sales Engineer, piloted the ROV around a sunken shrimp boat to demonstrate how the SeaBotix MiniROV can search in low visibility and in tight spaces to find and retrieve objects and human bodies.
Centuries Old Natural Oyster Reefs Discovered Via Underwater Images Transmitted from a SeaBotix LBV200-4 MiniROV.
A pristine natural oyster reef was discovered on the heavily developed Lafayette River in Virginia. David Schulte, an ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Russell Burke, a Christopher Newport University biology professor, captured the video using a SeaBotix LBV200-4 MiniROV. A sight not seen around the Chesapeake Bay in decades, said Schulte. The rivers had been closed to oyster harvesting since 1934 because of bacteria problems. According to PilotOnLine.com, 10 reefs ranging from 3 to 17 acres were identified.
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SeaBotix Opens New Dedicated Training Facility.
SeaBotix is proud to announce the expansion of its San Diego based training facility. This new self-contained training center is conveniently located on the waterfront adjacent to the SeaBotix dock, allowing for quicker and easier access to the harbor and open water training area.
SeaBotix LBV Keeps Divers Out of Harm's Way During Deep-Water Inspections.
Glenn Underwater Services repairs an underwater concrete joint leak in South America and inspects an underwater trash rack utilizing a SeaBotix LBV200-4.
Remotely Operated Robots to Open the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
SeaBotix employee, Mechanical Designer – Jonathan Jack, mentors an award winning high school robotics team that will be part of the opening and closing festivities of the this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
SeaBotix vLBV Turns Archeological Exploration of Shipwrecks of the Baltic into a Virtual Classroom.
SeaBotix vLBV300 MiniROV assists Action Quest in the development of the hands-on component of their underwater archeology curriculum.
SeaBotix vLBV300 Identifies Sunken Ferry at Jirau Hydropower Plant, Brazil.
Utilizing a SeaBotix vLBV300, equipped with sonar and tracking devices, a team from Energia Sustentável do Brasil (ESBR) was able to identify and locate a sunken passenger ferry in the Medeira River.
SeaBotix vLBV Demonstrations in New York City, November 4-7, 2013.
SeaBotix is pleased to announce advanced MiniROV demonstrations throughout New Yok City during the week of November 4, 2013. Swift moving currents in the Hudson and East Rivers pose challenges that are unique to any ROV deployment. Since the release of the evolutionary new vectored vLBV Series of MiniROVs in 2011, SeaBotix has been redefining the capability levels of compact, man-portable ROV systems. This week of demonstrations seek to apprise clients, in this vital region, of leading-edge advances in ROV, sonar and underwater positioning technologies. Additionally, this trip to the Big Apple will help connect East Coast clients with the new SeaBotix East office that opened earlier this year in Fall River, Massachusetts. Please contact John@SeaBotix.com to make arrangements to attend the demos and Rhonda.Moniz@SeaBotix.com for East Coast sales & service.
SeaBotix MiniROVs Used During Historical D-Day Mapping Expedition.
SeaBotix vLBV and LBV MiniROVs investigated and identified targets during the internationally supported 70th anniversary of WWII D-Day Invasion expedition.
SeaBotix LBV300-5 Recovers Drowning Victim in Guizhou Province, China.
Zunyi and Guiyang Fire staff and officials, with the assistance of a SeaBotix LBV300-5 operated by a Sales Engineer/Trainer, recovered a drowning victim during “real world” training. The high elevation of about 1,275 meters (4,183 ft) presented a search depth limitation to divers. SeaBotix trainer and LBV300-5 were rerouted from a scheduled training session to the site. Two devices equipped on the MiniROV assisted in the completion of the recovery. Tritech Gemini sonar was utilized to locate the victim, then a Large Interlocking Grabber Jaw gently secured the victim’s wrist.
SeaBotix Thrusters Used in MORPH European Consortium Sea Trials.
A team of researchers from five European countries and nine research organizations conducted AUV sea trials aimed at providing proficient methods of 3D complexity undersea mapping in challenging environments.
SeaBotix SARbot Assists Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Finding Moorings at the Bottom of the Columbia River.
The Franklin Country Sheriff’s Office volunteered its SeaBotix SARbot search-and-rescue vehicle to help find existing moorings at the bottom of the Columbia River.
SeaBotix Tether Used by FIT Senior Design Team.
The Senior Design Team at the Florida Institute of Technology completed a successful ROV rebuild project. They were able to deploy the ROV off the coast of Ft. Pierce with the help of small diameter, low drag tether donated from SeaBotix Inc..
SeaBotix vLBV Used by Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces in Bahrain.
Commander of U.S. Naval Forces receives briefing on SeaBotix vLBV MiniROV during a display of capabilities of Commander, Task Force 56.
SeaBotix Hosting On-Site Events - 23, 24, 25 September 2013.
SeaBotix will be hosting Client Appreciation-Open Houses on Tuesday, 24 September and Wednesday, 25 September - including bayside in-water demos and ROV piloting opportunities. Visit SeaBotix Booth #507 at Oceans13 or email marketing@SeaBotix.com for further information.
Oceans13 Tutorials are also being held at SeaBotix facility in San Diego and can be attended without registering for the full conference. Topics include: Advances in ROV Technologies, High Resolution Sonar Imagery, Underwater Positioning Systems, and Unmanned UW & Surface Vehicles (UUSV).
Further tutorial details and to register, go to: http://www.oceans13mtsieeesandiego.org/main.cfm/CID/17/Tutorials/
SeaBotix LBV Assists Shelby County, Tennessee, with Recovery of the Body of a Bulldozer Accident Victim.
A bulldozer plunged over an estimated 25 foot embankment into a 35 foot deep muddy pond at the Ford Construction's Troy plant. The recovery operation of the Obion County Rescue Squad along with dark water divers from Shelby County Sheriff's Office was hampered by zero visibility conditions. A SeaBotix LBV MinROV with video and sonar was used to assist with the search. After less than 24 hours, the body of Joe D. Trevathan was located in 6 to 8 feet of murky water and recovered.
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SeaBotix LBV Assists in Environmental Research of Historical Significance
SeaBotix LBV used to obtain video and sonar images of sunken tugboat damaged by hurricane Sandy.
Professor Pete Straub from Richard Stockton College lead an expedition off the coast of New Jersey to explore the ‘natural’ shipwreck reefs to better understand how the nearly artificial reefs will grow and change. Students are taught how to use technology, including side scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). This day, the Patrice McAllister, a tugboat that has been under 55 feet of water since 1976, was their target object. They sent down a SeaBotix LBV with video camera and sonar to see what was left of the tugboat and discovered that the hurricane had taken a formerly three-tiered boat, underwater and upright for almost 37 years, down to one tier.
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Washington State DOT - 3 Days - 3 Bridges - 1 SeaBotix vLBV
Washington State Department of Transportation recently performed successful inspections of 3 bridges over 3 days and completed on-site acceptance testing of a SeaBotix vLBV.
SeaBotix Welcomes Alasdair Murrie
Alasdair Murrie has joined San Diego based SeaBotix Inc as the Vice President of Sales. He brings direct experience working with Observation Class ROVs as the former Sales Manager then Global Product Director at Forum Subsea Technologies, Sub-Atlantic. Born in Elgin, Scotland, Alasdair is a veteran of the Royal Air Force where he completed a distinguished 22 year career including service throughout the first Gulf War and deployment on the San Diego based USS Nimitz. Subsequent to his military ventures, Alasdair was the global Distribution Manager at Sonavision (a leader in the fields of seabed classification, imaging sonar and other subsea sensors.)
"I am really excited about this opportunity," said Alasdair, "and so pleased to be joining such a a talented group of people, manufacturing and exporting the world's leading compact ROVs. Don Rodocker is one of the true legends in the subsea business and therefore, to be a part of the SeaBotix team is for me, a real privilege."
SeaBotix Opens New North American East Coast Office
San Diego based SeaBotix is pleased to announce the opening of a new North American office in Fall River, Massachusetts. The new facility space opened 1 July 2013 at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
“We are very excited about this new opening,” said SeaBotix President, Rick Timm. “It will provide greater East Coast support to our valued customers in the areas of training, service and sales. We are lucky to have skilled ROV Pilot and Trainer, Rhonda Moniz, leading these efforts on the East Coast. The addition of this new facility, along with our worldwide network of distributors, demonstrates SeaBotix’ continued commitment to offer unparalleled pre and post-sale customer support.”
MDSU1 Sailors Demonstrate SeaBotix LBV to Royal Malaysian Navy
Kuantan, Malaysia - Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1, demonstrated the capabilities of the SeaBotix LBV to the Royal Malaysian divers aboard the diving and salvage vessel USNS Safeguard during a dive and salvage training exercise in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste.
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SeaBotix vLBV300 Finds Fake Mine
The Ventura County Star reported that a SeaBotix vLBV300 discovered a fake mine hidden as part of a military exercise at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme.
SeaBotix LBV Recovers Remus AUV in 137 Meters of Water
According to reports by Engineered Syntactic Systems, a Hydoid Remus 600 (one of just two in operation at the time - valued at nearly $1 million) was lost. A SeaBotix LBV300-5, operated by the Australian Navy, located and recovered the AUV within two days.
SeaBotix LBV Found After 18 Months in Ocean
SeaBotix LBV was recently recovered after spending 18 months on the seafloor when the tether was severed and the vehicle thought lost.
SeaBotix Held Milestone-Training Sessions
ROV operators acknowledge value of SeaBotix training in three concurrent courses in three separate locations during the same week.
SeaBotix Little Benthic Vehicles featured at ISDEF 2013 in TelAviv
SeaBotix displayed a range of MiniROVs used by divers to scan vessels, protecting from leach mines and underwater IEDs. The systems are already operational with the US, Canadian, Swedish and Russian navies.
Read defense-update.com-ISDEF 2013:Unmanned Systems & Robotics Article
SeaBotix Live in-Water Demo at Ocean Business 13, UK
Join us for a dockside demo of the vLBV300 vectored miniROV system featuring the Sound Metrics ARIS HD sonar "3D perception through 2D data" and a Tritech suite of Micron sensors. Tuesday 9 April at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday 10 April at 3 p.m. Visit our Booth B2
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vLBV-10 SeaLift unveiled at Underwater Intervention
Further enhancing the SeaBotix line of MiniROV systems is the new heavy lifting vLBV-10 or "SeaLift". A capacity to lift up to 18kg and transport using four additional vertical thrusters.
Learn more about the vLBV-10
Franklin County Sheriff's Dept. Recovers More Vehicles
Franklin County Sheriff's department used their SARbot to locate submerged and possibly stolen vehicles in Mesa Pond.
Read Tri-City Herald Article
Merced County Sheriffs Department Recovers Body in 120ft
The body of a man that jumped from a 150ft high bridge on Lake Don Pedro was recovered by Merced County Sheriffs department using their LBV300-5 with Gemini and Grabber.
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ROV based HD sonar enables realtime 3D perception
The latest combination of the stable/powerful vLBV300 ROV platform with the ARIS HD sonar from Sound Metrics incorporating roll has produced a new solution that enables 3D perception.
Sound Metrics ARIS sonar available on vLBV300
The newest ultra high resolution multibeam sonar from Sound Metrics is now available on the vLBV300. A unique approach to 3D perception is created with the pitch/roll sonar skid.
Kongsberg Mesotech sonars available on vLBV/LBV300-5
Legendary sonar manufacturer Kongsberg has teamed with SeaBotix to produce a highly capable compact ROV system with amazing scanning sonar.
US Navy EOD conducts explosives training with LBV in Bahrain
Members from the US Navy EODMU-1, 11 and 12 train on use of providing countermeasures with the LBV300-5.
View photos and captions (DVIDS)
Bergen County Police debuts new LBV200-4
Bergen County Police recently acquired a new LBV200-4 system for body and weapons search capabilities.
Read article (Cliffviewpilot.com)
SARbot UK assists with search for missing boy
UK based SARbot team helps local authorities searching for a four year old missing boy using hi-tech equipment.
Read article (ITV.com)
SeaBotix collaborates with Canadian Navy at RIMPAC 2012
SeaBotix assisted the Royal Canadian Navy onboard their vessels during the RIMPAC 2012 Naval exercises.
SeaBotix and US Navy EOD help with Operation Clean Sweep
SeaBotix and US Navy EOD divers helped to locate, identify and recover debris from the ocean floor.
Franklin County Recovers Body with SARbot
The body of a person missing since December, 2011 was found and recovered using the SARbot.
Orca Maritime Recovers Experimental AUV with vLBV300
SeaBotix client Orca Maritime recovered an experimental AUV in 200 meters of water offshore from San Clemente.