Myth vs. Reality – Use of ROVs in Subsea Drilling Operations


By Supreme Integrated Technology February 10, 2023

Myth vs. Reality – Use of ROVs in Subsea Drilling Operations

Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc. is proud to partner with many clients to deliver equipment necessary for subsea drilling operations. One of the interesting technologies we are able to assist with is underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) which have replaced the need for human divers in many operations.

Myth: ROVs are not reliable for subsea drilling operations.

Reality: ROVs have proven to be extremely reliable for subsea drilling operations. They are equipped with advanced capabilities such as high-definition cameras and sophisticated manipulator arms, which allow them to carry out a wide range of tasks with precision and accuracy. In addition, ROVs can be remotely operated from the surface, which eliminates the risk of human divers needing to work in dangerous and harsh underwater environments.

Myth: ROVs are too expensive.

Reality: ROVs offer a number of benefits that can offset the cost. For example, they allow companies to drill in deeper waters, where traditional drilling methods are not possible. Additionally, the use of ROVs can improve the efficiency of drilling operations, as they can be operated around the clock and are not subject to the limitations and risks associated with using human divers.

Myth: ROVs are not as effective as human divers.

Reality: In many cases, ROVs are more effective than human divers for subsea drilling operations. ROVs are equipped with the following technologies:

High-Definition Cameras: show live video feeds to the operator on the surface. This allows the operator to see what the ROV is seeing in real-time and to make decisions based on that information.

Manipulator Arms: allow them to manipulate objects and carry out a wide range of tasks, such as retrieving samples, cutting cables, and installing subsea equipment.

Thrusters: deliver precise and efficient propulsion and maneuverability. The thrusters are designed to allow the ROV to move quickly and smoothly in any direction, which is essential for many subsea tasks.

Navigation Systems: provide precise position and orientation information. This is critical for tasks such as subsea survey and inspection, where accuracy is essential.

Communication Systems: allow the operator to control the ROV and receive real-time data and video feeds from the subsea environment.

Power Systems: power ROV’s various systems and components. This allows the ROV to operate for extended periods of time without needing to be recharged.

ROVs are critical for avoiding the limitations and risks associated with human divers, such as decompression sickness and other health risks associated with working in harsh underwater environments.

SIT has worked on various systems for ROVs including valve controls, deck controls and hydraulic power units. We specialize in tough applications and have the ability to design lightweight systems that can withstand harsh environments of saltwater and deepwater operations. SIT will be exhibiting at the Subsea Tieback Conference in Galveston, Texas, February 28th-March 2nd. Please visit us at Booth #806 to learn more about our capabilities.

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