Since 1984, Hibbard Inshore has served the oil and gas industry with engineering, consulting, inspection and construction services, specializing in the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to provide the industry with innovative, economical and safe solutions for inspection and maintenance of critical structures.
Our core business remains to provide high quality data on our customers' underwater and difficult to access structures around the globe. Through solution-oriented engineering, accomplished people and a diverse fleet of vehicles, Hibbard Inshore has developed offerings for maintenance, inspection, and both internal and external pipeline surveys. Industries served include oil and gas, power generation, water, wastewater, heavy civil, industrial, diving support, transportation and water conveyance.
Originally designed for use in the oil and gas industries on offshore platforms, ROV technology has developed so that smaller ROVs not only perform offshore inspections and construction but also work on smaller infrastructure such as piping and tanks necessary for onshore transport and storage. Hibbard Inshore's vehicles cover the scope of work that larger, traditional ROVs cannot manage due to their physical size or cost constraints. Our fleet includes swimming ROVs capable to depths of 2,000 meters, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to 1,200 meters, and crawling vehicles for internal line inspection capable of linear runs up to 5,000 feet. All vehicle systems are air-shippable and can be placed on vessels of opportunity in order to help reduce costs for areas with challenging logistical needs.
Hibbard Inshore's Saab hybrid AUV/ROV is equipped standard with cameras, sonar, GPS, an inertial navigation system and a Doppler velocity log. By combining the technologies of an AUV and ROV, the vehicle maintains the range and capabilities of an AUV, with the maneuverability, tooling aptitude, and real-time data transmission capability of a ROV.
The hybrid can perform as a ROV by stopping and hovering at features of interest while tethered for precise control and real-time data feedback. Since the vehicle is also equipped with AUV technology, it is able to navigate obstacles such as manifolds while using its sensors to follow a pre-programmed path in AUV-mode without a tether. The vehicle's ability to operate in either a tethered or an untethered mode and still be air shippable, eliminates the need for multiple, large, dedicated systems to perform survey and inspection tasks concurrently.
Capable of working in low or zero visibility, Hibbard Inshore's vehicles are economical and customizable to fit many types of jobs varying in size and scope. Adept in carrying and using both hydraulic and electrical tooling, the vehicles can perform underwater tasks in places that may have had access, environmental, or cost challenges.