Perth-based subsea engineering and remote technology firm Velocious has rolled out a new ‘mock’ ROV that the company says can be configured to any industry standard workclass ROV, including the six most widely used ROVs in subsea construction. The Velocious Mock ROV incorporates hydraulic power and controls, lights, cameras and manipulators, and can be stored and transported in a custom-built container for easy transport.
The equipment can replicate all functions an ROV typically conducts during subsea work, allowing Velocious ‘to tailor its services to its clients’ varying specifications and demands,’ the company said. Most recently, Velocious used the Mock ROV to test tools for Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project offshore Western Australia. In August 2011, the company announced a contract with Chevron to design and fabricate components and tooling for a subsea pipeline and to provide hardware and other onshore services for Gorgon.
The first Velocious Mock ROV was the product of four months of research & development and more than $500,000 investment.