Underwater gauge launches in Middle East

The DIVE MK2 gauge uses the digital multiple echo technique to measure metal thickness The DIVE MK2 gauge uses the digital multiple echo technique to measure metal thickness

Unique System FZE, part of the UAE’s Unique Maritime Group, has introduced Cygnus Instrument’s new DIVE MK2 underwater gauge to the Middle East region.

All underwater structures and metalwork has to have its integrity checked regularly. The DIVE MK2 gauge uses the digital multiple echo technique to measure metal thickness through protective coatings of up to 20mm without having to remove them.

Graham Haines, sales director, Cygnus Instruments, said: "The ability of the diver to wear DIVE on his arm or wrist is a big advantage. The AMOLED display not only gives much better viewing, especially in poor visibility, it also offers A Scan display which helps verify true back wall readings in difficult measuring applications."

The gauge is wrist or arm mountable allowing the diver to have one free hand while working. It also comes with a handy number of key features including a super bright AMOLED display which is highly visible underwater. It has an auto-log data option which means that the gauge can store up to 5,000 measurements automatically without even pressing a button.

Corrosion on sea defences and pilings can be a particular challenging when it comes to achieving exact measurements. So, the gauge also has twin crystal probes which assist in taking measurements on highly attenuated metals such as cast iron – so anchor chains or heavily corroded steel.

Measurements on the surface can be displayed by various methods. A simple hand held display repeater or the measurements can be overlaid with the composite video from diver’s camera and overlaid on the topside monitor.

The latest version of CygLink software allows measurements and A-Scans to be displayed on the surface and data logged topside. Also, measurements taken and stored in Cygnus DIVE, then transferred to CygLink for future interrogation, can be displayed in colour 2D or 3D representations or transferred into a standard spreadsheet programme.

Cygnus Instruments will be exhibiting at this year’s Seawork International on stand number B3.

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