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Issue 01/2019

ROVs, AUVs and AIVs

Underwater vehicles play major role in Ex environments

Remotely operated vehicles (ROV), often described as "robot submarines", have been used by the oil and gas industry for many years, mainly for underwater drilling, construction and installation, inspection, maintenance and repair jobs in the wells of offshore oil platforms. Equipped with very sophisticated electronic devices, they are the eyes, ears and hands of those who operate them from ships or offshore platforms.

2011
Issue 06/2011

From the very big to the very small

Robotic applications in Ex environments

Potentially explosive environments are obvious terrains in which to choose to deploy robots. During the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, robotic submersibles were sent underwater to contain and ultimately cap the spill on the sea floor, where direct human intervention was impossible. But most robots used in Ex atmospheres don't operate in such difficult and extreme conditions.