The Hardsuit ADS offers the following advantages over
conventional diving techniques:
- The system can be operated at a fraction of the cost of
conventional deep diving systems. Crew size is reduced from 24 personnel to 4, expensive
mixed gases are not required, and operational deck space is reduced from the traditional
4000 square feet to 200 square feet.
- All medical and physiological problems associated with
compression and decompression are completely eliminated, which is reflected in operational
- The complete Hardsuit ADS is helicopter transportable and
can be operational within hours.
- The Hardsuit ADS can be operated tethered or free, as the
life support is a closed circuit and completely contained in the suit.
In addition to saturation diving, the Hardsuit has two
primary advantages over remotely operated vehicles (ROVs):
- In both cases the operator is protected from the pressures
of great depth but the Hardsuit operator, who is at the problem site, can make decisions
leading to a faster project completion. Completion time may be half the time of an ROV.
- The Hardsuit operator may also be more informed about the
situation. The Hardsuit provides a wider angle of view than most ROV cameras. The graphic
depicts the Hardsuit operators view, the gray area is the typical ROV camera view.