Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013 - (Page 41)

systems Safety and Efficiency through Automation BY SAUL ROSSER, ADVANCED DIVING SYSTEMS INC. ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEMS ARE INCREASINGLY common in professional diving and have the potential to significantly improve operational safety and efficiency. When designed and built by experienced professionals to modern standards under an appropriate quality management system, electronic control systems are extremely safe and reliable. But, when inexperienced personnel using inappropriate technology and procedures design electronic controls, divers are put at risk. Electronic systems have many applications in diving, but the most fundamental, whether in a chamber or the open ocean, is the management of a diver’s exposure to pressure and artificial atmospheres. Applications Within the diving industry, some of the most significant recent advances in electronics have been related to saturation diving. It is now possible to build electronic saturation control rooms in which technicians interact with computer displays rather than manual valves. Automation of chamber pressure and oxygen control has improved control reliability and accuracy. Information presented on well-organized and integrated displays has improved the situational awareness of operators. But, advances in electronics have not been limited to saturation diving. Surface-supplied diving will soon be revolutionized with the use of surface based computers that can calculate decompression requirements for surface-supplied divers in real-time. While such dive computers have been standard among recreational divers for more than a decade, they have largely been considered too dangerous for professional divers. Advances in safety standards for electronics have fundamentally changed that calculus. Significant improvements in operational efficiency and decompression safety will be the result. At the same time, electronic control systems for hospital based hyperbaric chambers have seen widespread adoption. Many chambers used in hospitals and hyperbaric oxygen centers perform treatment profiles automatically and store detailed patient records electronically. This technology is www.adc-int.org ■ www.underwatermagazine.com UnderWater 41 http://www.adc-int.org http://www.underwatermagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013

Board of Directors
President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Jascon 4 Rescue
Croc Country
Saturation Diving and Microbes
Commercial Diver Training Requirements
Emergency Repair at Sewerage Plant
California High Schools Prevail in International Student Underwater Robotics Competition
Revolutionary PileJax™
Safety and Efficiency through Automation
Diver Gas Management in the Bell
Unique System LLC (USA) Completes the Upgrade to the Ranger Offshore, Inc. HOSS-1, 6-Man SAT System
New Gear
Underwater Intervention 2014
New ADCI Members
Index to Advertisers
2014 ADCI Scholarship Fund Raffle

Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013

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