CoPilot

CoPilot is the world’s most advanced, easy-to-use, plug-and play software that makes piloting any ROV a much simpler task. CoPilot has been developed to aid EOD teams in a variety of applications from re-acquiring and identifying targets to salvage missions. CoPilot integrated onto ROVs provide EOD teams a tool to easily navigate a small compact vehicle through potentially dangerous environments.

Applications

Operators use CoPilot to re-acquire and identify a potential target. CoPilot allows operators to easily navigate the ROV using a point-and-click interface, flying the ROV to a specific point with the click of a mouse. CoPilot permits pilot controlled auto-transit and stop-and-hover, whilst providing automated sonar tracking and movement relative to a target.

CoPilot can be used for search and salvage operations. The control and flexibility offered on-survey allows for un-planned intervention with minimal error and down-time. While a fully-integrated Multi-Beam Imaging (MBI) sonar enables control relative to a target and improves operations in low visibility. The CoPilot interface allows operators to review the mission and paths that the vehicle has travelled to ensure even and complete coverage of the area.

Features

  • Point & Click Interface for Positioning – Provides efficient training & operations for all levels of ROV Pilots
  • Station Keeping – Monitor and pilot for hours on end with less fatigue
  • Cruise Control – Allows the user to gather evenly distributed data
  • Survey Control – You’ll always get the data you need as the vehicle follows an exact plan
  • Mid-water DP – Get the benefits of DP in any mid-water situation, without requiring DVL bottom-lock
  • Minimal Hover Footprint – Obtain the best quality data with a footprint of within 2 inches of your required position
  • Markers – Speed up your survey without missing a thing; go back to any position you have marked at the touch of a button
  • Target Relative Control – Get the best data at the distance that you want from the target

Q: What is Dynamic Positioning?

ROV Dynamic Positioning (DP) maintains ROV position and heading by using the thrusters. This allows operations at depth and in high currents ignoring tether and current effects. Dynamic positioning may either be absolute in that the position is locked to a fixed point over the bottom, or relative to a moving object or a fixed structure.

Q: Why Do We Not Use Acoustic Beacons and Aids?

Unfortunately acoustic beacons and aids do not provide updates with sufficient accuracy and frequency to enable stable DP. However, if stability was not an issue they could be easily accommodated.

Q: Do I Need to Use a Gyro?

No, gyros are optional. A Doppler with a magnetometer compass and a depth sensor are needed. A gyro ensures improved performance, especially when operating close to large metal structures.

Q: What Happens When the Doppler Loses Bottom-Lock?

The system continues operating, but performance will be slightly compromised. The navigation computer inside CoPilot is capable of dealing with irregular and infrequent Doppler outages. However, if the Doppler loses lock completely the system will revert to normal operation without CoPilot.

Q: What is the price of CoPilot?

Please contact our sales department at: sales@seebyte.com

Q: When using the chart overlay feature how does the system know its real world position?

When using the chart overlay, the ROV will take a HIPAP fix (or other – if available) at launch. The system will then dead-reckon until the pilot manually commands another HIPAP fix after ensuring that the fix is trustworthy, a counter tells them the time since last update. SeeByte envisages that the pilot will request a fix every half-hour or hour, depending on the type of work.

Q: What level of documentation is provided with the system?

The following documentation is available with the system:

  • A built-in help file showing how to use the various features
  • A printed user and installation manual
  • Factory test certificate
  • Trouble-shooting guide

Q: How can I report a bug within CoPilot or an error in the documentation, or submit a feature request for a future version of the product?

You can submit bug reports, documentation errors, and feature requests by emailingoffshore.support@seebyte.com SeeByte software engineers review these reports and do their best to address these requests in the next product release cycle.

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