”The collaboration has been fantastic. The team at Nortek has been very knowledgeable and responsive. There hasn’t been a “it can’t be done” or “too hard” or “very expensive.”

Potential for future product development As Strategic Robotic Systems shifts into production and delivery of the fusion, collaboration with Nortek will continue to make the Fusion truly the best vehicle out there.

”Who knows what future products might be developed from this fruitful collaboration?” Jesse Rodocker concludes.

Above: Nortek’s 1 MHz DVl is the industry’s smallest DVl, and is easy to integrate and operate. Left: ADCP specialist Nortek helped set up underwater vehicle fusion’s unique transducer arrangement.


forum Energy Technologies’ VisualSoft product line marks the beginning of 2017 with the release of many new features and capabilities within their software suite.

The VisualSoft Suite is a well-established toolbox of applications used during survey and inspection of subsea assets, in particular pipelines and cables.

The first of these releases features a multi- channel, high definition version of VisualDVR (digital video recorder). This system will be available with up to four channels of high definition video recording with in-built dynamic overlay. The new recorder can distribute live video and overlay channels without the requirement for additional hardware. Video files are recorded using H.264 encoding for optimum storage efficiency and playback compatibility.

In recognition of the widespread use of H.264 as a recording format within the subsea industry, VisualSoft will be releasing an unlimited codec-free player for use within their editing suite (VisualEdit) and their freely available viewer (VisualReview). The player will have improved window handling to allow optimum use of high definition video playback.

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version 11 will bring a host of refinements to the existing software and includes a new 3D Graphics window within all VisualEdit editions. The tool provides improved and faster display of multi-beam echo sounders (MBES) and profiler data, it also features an intuitive user interface to allow the user to configure the appearance of the pipeline, seabed and anomalies for faster and easier review of data.

An audio logging and display feature is included in V11. This tool can be accessed when using VisualEdit or VisualReview to identify and navigate to regions within t he recording which have audio usually

associated with event observations.

Also new from the VisualSoft range is VisualOverlay, a standalone dynamic overlay system with all the same features and user friendly configurator that is found within the VisualDVR overlay. This unit is provided with up to four HD or SD channels and is supplied in a compact 3U chassis.

VisualSoft products and representatives can be found on the Forum Energy Technologies stand (H6) at Ocean Business 17.

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