ROV pilot’s overlay – ROV Head-Up Display. What kind overlay it should be? What do we expect from ROV HUD?
First of all I think we expect the convenience during the ROV mission that it may give us. The convenience of understanding the vehicle’s state, it’s absolute and relative position in the space down there. Data availability, its fullness, the quickness of analyzing and perception of the information are perhaps the main requirements to that kind overlay.
I would like to invite all interested in the subject to discuss it. I think any thought or experience that some of you can have might be interested talk about.
I’m finding this subject interesting just because I created my overlay on my own having neither experience nor even thoughts what it may look like in the beginning. Opportunely to say my experience as ROV pilot was starting then.
The company that I worked for that time had just bought the Seaeye Falcon system. Many of you know that this vehicle has its own overlay implemented into system. It visualizes values in the form of alphanumeric data. To me who hadn’t worked with such equipment it look not enough as I needed to analyze these values and to compare them with navigation screen to have full picture of what is happening with my vehicle. Graphical information would look more profitable. That became the starting point in creating my ROV HUD application.
Many things that I was thinking about that time are realized differently. Many of them are left behind at all. For my opinion the pilot’s overlay that I finally came to is more or less the one that brings the idea to pilot on the situation and the vehicle’s state. I think it gives the needed functional that may help in routine ROV missions. That is what I think. However I’m very interested in opinions of experienced ROV pilots. It may be good to discuss it.
Talking to one pilot once I asked him what overlay data he would suffer for. He answered ‘… when I’m operating the sub I really need to know where to go’. We all know that the most ROV operations are provided with navigation support. The navigation screen is always somewhere near. I already had targeting overlay had done by that time. That fellow just proved the right direction of my thoughts. Beside the targeting overlay I implemented vehicle’s orientation graphic information which is expected and doesn’t bring any new idea by itself. There are other monitors with information that is interested during the operation. It would definitely better to have it overlaid onto the ROV video to be able to concentrate on less number of monitors.
I took into the consideration the fact that one of the main goals during performing ROV missions is to record the video. Therefore my overlay shouldn’t be looking as pile of infused components that obstructs the video.
Of course I saw other ROV HUD overlay realizations on the Internet. Every developer created the thing basing on his own view on how it must look, what sort of information it should give. This has made me interested in opening the discussion to exchange opinions, to hear people. It would be good to know what ROV pilots expect from that kind overlay, what they would wish to see or to have and what they wouldn’t. All and any thoughts and opinions are very welcome.
I do appreciate your participation in the discussion in advance.