The ROV Manual

A User Guide for Remotely Operated Vehicles


  • Robert Christ, Robert D. Christ is President of SeaTrepid International, a full-service subsea robotics company operating a fleet of over 35 ROVs worldwide. He began his ROV career with Oceaneering International moved on to co-found VideoRay, a leading OCROV manufacturer.
  • Robert Wernli, Sr, Robert L. Wernli Sr. is President of First Centurion Enterprises. He is an engineering consultant with 40 years' experience in the field of ROVs and undersea technology.

Written by two well-known experts in the field with input from a broad network of industry specialists, The ROV Manual, Second Edition provides a complete training and reference guide to the use of observation class ROVs for surveying, inspection, and research purposes.

This new edition has been thoroughly revised and substantially expanded, with nine new chapters, increased coverage of mid-sized ROVs, and extensive information on subsystems and enabling technologies. Useful tips are included throughout to guide users in gaining the maximum benefit from ROV technology in deep water applications. 

Intended for marine and offshore engineers and technicians using ROVs, The ROV Manual, Second Edition is also suitable for use by ROV designers and project managers in client companies making use of ROV technology.

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Marine and offshore engineers using remotely operated vehicles for research, surveying, inspection and maintenance.


Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-098288-5

Table of Contents



Glossary of Terms

Part 1: Industry and Environment

Chapter 1 - The ROV Business

Chapter 2 - Oceanography

Part 2: Vehicle

Chapter 3 - Theory and Standards

Chapter 4 - Vehicle Control

Chapter 5 - Floatation and Frame

Chapter 6 - Thrusters

Chapter 7 - Telemetry and Communications

Chapter 8 - Tether

Chapter 9 - LARS and TMS

Chapter 10 - Video

Chapter 11 - Vehicle Sensors

Part 3: Payload Sensors

Chapter 12 - Sensor Theory

Chapter 13 - Communications

Chapter 14 - Underwater Acoustics

Chapter 15 - Sonar

Chapter 16 - Acoustic Positioning

Chapter 17 - Navigational Sensors

Chapter 18 - Ancillary Sensors

Part 4: Manipulators and Tooling

Chapter 19 - Manipulators

Chapter 20 - Tooling

Part 5: In The Field

Chapter 21 - Practical Applications

Chapter 22 - Standard Operating Procedures

Chapter 23 - The Future of ROV Technology