A Novel Remote Access Technical Database For The Offshore Diving Industry
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D. Johnston, T. Henaughen, B. G. Stewart, A. Nesbitt & A. Ahmadinia
The commercial diving industry has largely resisted efforts to implement digital information management systems. The high cost and inherent difficulty of creating not only the necessary software systems, but hardware which is capable of operating in harsh marine conditions has proved to be a major obstacle. Further to this is the challenge of creating data connections between centralised data stores and offshore field units, or units in remote areas with limited access to internet infrastructure. Dive logs are commonly taken by hand, requiring several stages of transcription and transport over days or weeks before they can be communicated to clients. With minimal standards in place regarding standardised terminology the consistency of reports can vary not only between marine contractors, but between individuals within these organisations. The lifesupporting nature of many marine structures renders this type of miscommunication potentially expensive and potentially life-threatening. This paper outlines one approach to these problems through amalgamating existing communications, database and software technologies to provide a system which addresses the needs of the industry. This approach has provided the capability to manage dive teams both within the UK and globally. Real-time video streaming of subsea operations combined with software data capture tools, rugged hardware and integrated database technologies allows remote teams to communicate with clients and industry specialists while on-site. Clients can also secure remote access to a technical database post-dive where they are able to view video streams and associated key technical information related to the dive. The benefits and added value of the system to the stakeholders are examined, along with the applicability of the system to broader industry. Keywords: database systems, video technology, remote access.
Keywords: database systems, video technology, remote access.