New Defence Order Strategy: ECA Group's ROV H300 for Hydraulic Facilities Safety Assurance
The history of hydraulic facilities development, particularly the development of HPP dams and dikes is full of emergency and accident events. Main threats to dam safety are natural disasters and criminal groups, preferring to act "in the old-fashioned way" – by attacking dam’s upper facilities using small arms. However, it is just a matter of time before extremists revise their tactics and will threat dams from under the water.
New Threats And Hazards
Taking into account current level of technology and availability of advanced technical solutions, safety system developers and risk assessment analysts should consider a risk of terrorist attacks using cutting-edge remotely operated equipment and even autonomous vehicles along with “traditional” means of attack. Penetration of frogmen with semi-circuit SCUBAs and autonomous remote-controlled vehicles are the most likely hazards to be considered.
Previously, government agencies have been solely responsible for the development of machines capable of carrying explosive warhead. However today even average-level engineers are able to develop and produce such equipment due to technology availability, global economy, the ability to order anonymously high-tech elements in the commercial market.
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) For Monitoring And Inspection. Operational Experience
Based on operational experience, OCEANOS JSC has designed the concept of ROV application that allows to ensure appropriate monitoring and inspection of hydraulic structures.
Oceanos uses the H300Mk2 vehicle as the basic version of ROV. This vehicle is assembled in the Russian Federation, according to technical specifications approved by the state customer, and has a significant percentage of the “made in Russia” components. The vehicle has shown high performance in complicated operational conditions, including extreme conditions of the Barents Sea. This ROV features onboard powerful lighting and moves as fast as to be able to leave any diver behind. Fitted with a manipulator, this system is designed as a non-lethal intrusion prevention system. If any unauthorized diver is spotted, the ROV operator can easily force the intruder out of the security area or make him to emerge.
For five years, these vehicles were widely used by government agencies of Russia with the technical support of JSC "Oceanos". This operating period has allowed to gain vast practical experience in the field. Oceanos offers operational H-300 ROVs available for work, long-term and short-term rentals and are ready to supply new vehicles accustomed to Client’s requirements.
For appropriate response to today’s challenges, we need to develop the hydraulic power facility security system that will include robotic solutions to guarantee the safety of HPP dams and dikes. The best solution is integration of protection equipment such as physical protection (nets and bones), ROVs, stationary sonar system, and, finally, frogmen. Our company is ready to build said complex systems, providing adequate level of safety to these high-risk objects.
Published on the magazine New Defence Order Strategy, N°38, January 2016
Photo: Oceanos JSC
Photo: Oceanos JSC
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