Drafinsub picks Falcon for extensive operations

Source: press release, 19 October 2018

Falcon – the world’s most successful robotic vehicle in its class
Falcon – the world’s most successful robotic vehicle in its class (photo: Saab Seaeye)

Declaring the Saab Seaeye Falcon, “the industry standard”, Italian underwater works company, Drafinsub, chose the top selling Falcon electric robotic vehicle for the wide ranging and complex tasks undertaken by the company.

“We chose the Falcon because it’s the industry standard for observation robotic vehicles,” declares Andrea Dellacasa from Drafinsub. “It is reliable, scalable and suitable for most kind of works, from observation to non-destructive testing and survey. Our company has more than 20 years’ experience with ROVs and we felt it was the right time to take a leap in quality, with the completion of our second diving saturation system.”

The long-established company – with its all-inclusive diving operations that include their new nine-man 300-msw saturation units – undertakes extensive underwater works offshore, along with dams, nuclear installations and inside tunnels. Work includes pipeline construction, cable laying, offshore platform maintenance and mine clearance.

Drafinsub says they will use the Falcon for various tasks including:

  • Diver assistance in shallow and deep water (300 msw).
  • Non-destructive ultrasonic testing with an onboard Cygnus, and cathodic protection with an onboard probe.
  • General visual inspections on pipelines and other structures.

In addition they use robotic vehicles for the placement and recovery of the famous Bisson’s Abissi sparkling wine bottles, stored underwater in Portofino, as the seabed is considered an ideal environment in terms of constant temperature, half-light and pressure.

The Falcon’s ability to reliably undertake a wide range of tasks in a variety of challenging conditions has made it the most successful robotic vehicle of its class in the world.

Sized just one metre long, and depth rated to 300 m and 1,000 m, its iCON intelligent control architecture and five powerful thrusters give it the control and power to manoeuvre with exactitude whilst loaded with equipment, and still hold steady in strong cross currents and turbulent water when undertaking precise, complex or robust tasks.

The Falcon’s iCON distributed control provides each device on the vehicle with its own microprocessor, thereby allowing tools and sensors to be easily added or changed, and custom options to be integrated – making it an ideal platform for numerous intricate and demanding applications.