Aquabotix is proud to support education and our local community. We created our underwater viewing products because we are fascinated by the worlds beneath the waves. This event was a wonderful day to share our passion for robotics and the water with future engineers.
Aquabotix recently participated in an underwater event with the Boy Scouts at the YMCA in Fall River, MA. Two of our engineers, Courtney and Jason, volunteered to work with the scouts. Courtney presented to the children about ROVs and Jason presented about the engineering design process. Then the boy scouts broke into teams and designed their own ROVs using an ROV in a bag kit. Their ROVs would be challenged to accomplish some basic tasks in a contest later that day. They tested and redesigned their ROVs before the contest. During the testing and contest, Jason had an Aquabotix HydroView in the pool for the boy scouts to drive. The boys did great with their designs and really enjoyed the chance to drive a professional grade ROV.
Thermal stratification in potable water storage tanks poses risks for system operators and their customers. Water treated with chlorine or chloramines generally remains stable for a few days. Thermal stratification can hamper passive mixing or cycling of the water resulting in the potential for limit aging or deterioration of the disinfectant chemicals. Drops in residual chlorine can lead to growth of bacteria often requiring the draining and flushing of the tank.
Thermal stratification can also promote the formation of nitrates and other disinfection byproducts, allow for the formation of ice endangering coatings and tank walls and allow headspace temperatures to rise above recommended levels.
The HydroView Pro 5MWI is equipped with depth and temperature sensors. Data from these sensors is recorded during tank inspections and downloaded following the inspection in an easy to read/report format. Additional water chemistry sensors are available and can be integrated with the vehicle and the data reporting module.
Aquaculture or Aquafarming is the farming of fin fish, shellfish and aquatic plants and is the fastest growing food supply sector in the world. Aquaculture is to live stock farming as commercial fishing is to hunting. Farming implies human involvement in the process and includes such activities as stocking, feeding, and protection from predators.
Feeding the world’s ever-expanding population requires new thinking about sources of food, particularly protein. Fish process calories (energy) more efficiently than mammals and requiring less food, less land and less fresh water to yield the same amount of protein.
“From the point of view of an ecological footprint, aquaculture does very well compared to terrestrial animal food production systems,” said Arni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Deputy-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25232/aquaculture-the-most-promising-method-of-meeting-food-needs/
Meanwhile, natural fish stocks are under strain as modern commercial fishing technology has advanced. Some argue that improvements in the efficiency of the fleets have outpaced the ability of fish to reproduce and replenish themselves. Fish Farming/Aquaculture is viewed as one of the solutions to this problem.
Experts agree that Aquaculture must be practiced responsibly if we are to fully realize the benefits without damaging our natural fisheries and other marine environments. Fine tuning of feed to the appetite of the fish creates efficiencies and limits the impacts of unconsumed feed accumulating on the sea bed. Rapid identification and removal of sick or dead fish, limits the spread of disease to the rest of the school. Maintaining the security of the farm’s nets or cages protects the stock and prevents escape of farmed fish into the wild.
Aquabotix provides innovative ROV solutions for aquaculture. In February 2015, the HydroView Professional was in Chile performing net inspection, monitoring of stock, mort searches and mooring inspections. Video recorded by the HydroView during these tasks will be posted soon.