HOUSTON – Ashtead Technology has invested more than $300,000 in the latest generation of visual inspection tools for deep sea exploration.
The investment will see Ashtead offer a range of SubC Imaging products to meet increasing industry demand for enhanced, cost-effective inspection solutions. SubC Imaging provides state-of-the-art cameras with HD video capabilities that can capture and transmit high-quality data from extreme water depths.
Chris Echols, vice president of Ashtead Technology in Houston, said: “Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, stricter subsea inspection regulations were introduced which has led to a need for more reliable, high resolution visual inspection technology.
“The SubC range of cameras, in which we have invested, capture a true visual representation of the underwater world from which we can accurately estimate the remaining life of a subsea infrastructure and assess the integrity of the equipment.
“As the subsea industry enters deeper waters, the need for companies to collect more meaningful data increases. By investing in this equipment, we are able to help our customers ensure they can capture a true picture of what is going on and take preventative measures to ensure the integrity of high-cost, high-risk subsea equipment and infrastructure, thereby saving costs and reducing risk.”
The new 1Cam MK5 range is capable of outputting live HD video over coax or fibre and can record HD 1080P video and capture up to 24 mp still images to its internal storage. The units are rated up to 6,500 m (21,325 ft) and come as standard with integrated reference lasers. For even greater capability, they can be coupled with an external LED light/strobe or line laser.