The Ultra-cool ROV Technologies of Tectoria

October 29, 2014 by Nevin Thompson

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Not many people know it, but the Saanich Peninsula is the home of one of Canada’s largest marine technology clusters.

Cutting-edge local companies like AXYS and ASL Environmental, while not necessarily household names here in Victoria, are well-known from San Diego to Scotland for producing innovative technologies.

While local ocean tech companies specialize in everything from contributing technologies to offshore wind farms to helping measure fluctuations in the polar icecaps, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV’s) are one particularly cool technology that everyone gets pretty quickly.

Victoria’s ROV technologies are so compelling that the upcoming TEDx conference on November 22nd will feature a speaker from the United States whose passion is ROV’s.

OpenROV Project

David Lang, who hails from Berkeley, leads the OpenROV Project.

David Lang is a maker who taught himself to become an amateur oceanographer — or, he taught a robot to be one for him.

He is traveling here to Victoria on November 22 to show how he and a network of ocean lovers teamed up to build open-sourced, low-cost underwater explorers.

If you’re into ROV’s, then OpenROV is well-worth checking out. David is part of a community dedicated not only to pushing the boundaries of ROV development, but also showing everyone how they can be part of this exciting emerging technology.

David Lang will be in good company when he travels to Tectoria on November 22nd to present at TEDx Victoria.

Cool Marine Technology in Tectoria

There are a number of companies producing highly sophisticated ROV’s here in Victoria, including Triton Logging, which developed its own ROV technology to harvest submerged forests, with the goal of selling the world’s most eco-friendly wood.

Advanced Subsea works offshore in such diverse environments as Hibernia, Sable Island, Russia, the Caspian Sea, China, India, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea.

There’s even a Marine Technology Park at Pat Bay (just west of the airport) that features a 62,500-litre saltwater pool to test ROV’s before they are assembled, tested and delivered before going to sea.

The Marine Technology Park is also home to the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility, which helps ocean scientists to conduct research on the ecology of hydrothermal vents, sponge reefs and cold-water corals, and the geochemistry and economic potential of sulphide mineral and gas hydrate deposits, and to perform pioneering work on cabled deep-sea observatories.

NOAA Ocean Explorer: Submarine Ring of Fire 2002: Explorer Ridge

Most people in Victoria will at least have heard of these deep-sea observatories. UVic’s NEPTUNE and VENUS projects are well-known around the world for providing an amazing look at what is happening far below the surface of the sea in real-time.

 

 


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