Total Marine Technology Conducts 1000M ROV Dive for Jaeger-LeCoultre
Total Marine Technology (TMT) has been approached by Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) to perform a 1000m dive event for their 2007 Master Compressor Diving range of diving watches. TMT was also requested to assist in any underwater technicalities during the event.
Work began the moment discussions concluded and an agreement reached. TMT was to build a mini-ROV which will be used to bring the watch down to the desired depth, which was agreed to be 1000m.
Draft drawings were made and the design was based on the likeness of the Nomad Navigator. The first drawings emerged after a week later. Below are some of the designs that surfaced during a lengthy brainstorming session:
With the use of advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) software packages, the drafting team were able to rapidly prototype different designs with dimensions to scale for the engineering and management team to evaluate. Eventually, the design below was picked and was code-named "Cyrus"
TMT has extensive experience with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). It has been in the oil and gas industry for almost 20 years, having won repeated contracts to perform ROV operations in large corporations like Shell, BHP and Woodside.
The talented and dedicated staff at TMT had to work around tight datelines to ensure that there would be sufficient time to perform various pressure tests as well as to perform any last minute modifications to the system.
The final product was built according to specifications, right down to the outer trimmings. This was an ardous process which was necessary if the ROV were to resemble the drawings.
It was time to test Cyrus at the nearby docks at Fremantle. All the work that was done for the past 4 months would be put to the test at this point of time. The main engineering team saddled up and waited for the mobile crane to lift the ROV off the back of the truck.
Once off the truck, final adjustments were made and connections were double checked to ensure that the everything was in working order. Safety personnel were on hand to provide operational and medical assistance in the event of an incident.
The ROV wet test was a success. All that was left was to ship the ROV to Hawaii before the JCL show begins.