Impact Subsea launches seaView V3
15 April 2022
Impact Subsea has launched the third generation of seaView software to support their range of Altimeters, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Depth Sensors and Sonars.
seaView V3 provides a cutting-edge user interface for the setup and operation of Impact Subsea sensors. The launch of seaView V3 is accompanied by the release of a third generation of sensor firmware.
V3 is an entirely new software development and intends to provide a powerful platform for existing Impact Subsea sensors and future sensor developments.
Commenting on the launch, Alastair Mclennan-Murray, Technical Director of Impact Subsea, stated ‘To support our existing and new generation of underwater sensors, we have redeveloped seaView together with our sensor firmware from the ground up. This provides new capabilities to the user and a strong software and firmware base for future product development’.
V3 allows a single or multiple Impact Subsea sensors to operate simultaneously from a single application. This is ideal for operations with a single sensor to ROV operations where Sonar, Altitude, Depth, Heading, Pitch & Roll can all be displayed on screen at the same time.
With V3 comes the ability to automatically detect any sensor that has been physically connected to the computer. The user no longer needs to deal with communication port allocation or configuration of required baud rate – this is handled automatically by the software. Sensors are physically connected then automatically displayed on screen. This is a great time-saver for applications where multiple sensors are in operation.
All sensors are fully software configurable, with seaView V3 providing a clear process to set up and configure sensors to suit specific requirements. For example, V3 allows for custom output strings to be created, where users can add new formats of ASCII output strings to a sensor’s firmware. This enables quick integration of sensors into existing platforms and software applications by the user, without the need to redevelop systems or request additional support from Impact Subsea.
The ‘inversion reset’ capability in Impact Subsea sensors has been further enhanced: Three inversions within 10 seconds of power on sets the sensors to RS232; Six inversions, sets it to RS485. This allows sensors to quickly be configured to suit the required communications interface.
A turns counter feature has been added for all Impact Subsea sensors enabled with the integrated Attitude and Heading Reference System. Ideal to keep track of umbilical loops in ROV operations, or other applications where the rotation of an underwater asset requires monitoring.