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This introductory course will provide an insight into the basic design, construction and piloting of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

During this one-day course students will learn about the historical background behind underwater ROVs, before applying themselves in the design, construction and piloting of ROVs that they have built themselves.  Students will gain practical experience in designing and constructing their own ROV and following piloting trials, learn (mostly by trial & error) how to perfect their designs and hence the important basic principles behind ROVs including manoeuvrability, performance, buoyancy, etc.  

Theory and initial construction sessions will be held in a classroom with the practical trials and piloting sessions taking place in an outdoor swimming pool.

Anyone with an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles particularly the practical aspects of their design, construction and operation. No prior knowledge required.

NAS Members will receive 5 credits for attending this course, which can be put towards their NAS Certificate or Award.

 09:00   Welcome, NAS opportunities and Introductions
 09:15   An Introduction to ROVs, their History, Types and Functions
 10:00   Outline of the Practical ROV Design, Construction and Piloting Exercises
 10:15   Practical Team Design Session
 10:30   Break  
 10:45   Practical Team Construction Session
 12:15   Initial Underwater Trials
 13:00   Lunch
 13:45   Fine-tuning! / Re-design! / Re-building!
 14:30   Final Underwater Trials
 15:00   Performance Comparisons
 16:00   Final Analysis, Discussions & Conclusions
 17:00   Course End

The NAS reserves the right to cancel courses or events 4 weeks in advance of a course if insufficient bookings have been received. Please do not book non-refundable travel and accommodation until you have been notified by email that the course is definitely going ahead.

Participants are permitted to cancel and receive a refund (minus the transaction fees incurred by the payment provider) up to four weeks in advance of a course  or event date. They are also able to defer their booking to any other NAS course or event instead of receiving a refund. If participants wish to cancel within the four weeks prior to  the course or event, they will forfeit their booking fee unless there are circumstances  which the NAS, in its absolute discretion, considers sufficiently mitigating as to warrant a partial or full refund.  

Applications for a refund within the four weeks prior to  the course or event must be submitted in writing (electronic submission is acceptable) and such evidence as the NAS may reasonably require must be provided to support the application.