DeepWorks 2013 introduces a novel approach to simplify accessibility studies. As well as supporting the traditional approach using s Schilling T4 arm, a new method has been introduced in DeepWorks Engineer to enable engineers who do not have specific ROV piloting skills or access to a master arm controller to precisely control manipulator tools. The tool tip is driven manually from a suitable input device such as a space navigator/3D mouse or automatically from a pre-defined set of instructions in a file. Manipulator joint positions follow the tool and are adjusted automatically. This engineering solution supports full collision detection and with user-configurable receptable tolerances can be used for position feeback and to verify successful tool deployment.
Similar improvements have also been made on the DeepWorks ROV pilot simulator using powered tooling components. Using the master arm controller, pilots can lift tools out of a holster and deploy them into receptacles with realistic collision and dynamic response. Tolerances of receptacles can be changed to cater for the skill level and experience of trainees. Torque tools can turn a valve to its open or closed position and this can activate linear actuators or hydraulic rams.
Jason Tisdall, Fugro Robotics Technologies Business Line Manager said: " Tooling design and operation is an essential part of installation and maintenance support. Stab tools are used routinely to connect and disconnect hydraulic cicuits underwater. Torque tools are used to open and close valves on subsea production systems. These tools need to be offered up to and inserted into the ROV interface panel in a very specific way. DeepWorks can be used to help ensure panel receptacles and rotation can be achieved. With DeepWorks, different panel deisgns can be evaulated quickly and pilots can be trained on a simulator that mirrors the real experience offshore."
These enhanced tooling capabilities are available with new orders for DeepWorks and as an upgrade to existing installations.