Stop Dredging in The Dark

SOURCE: DSC Dredge | July  3, 2020

DSC Dredge, LLC, one of the industry’s leading global suppliers of customized dredging equipment, has joined forces with Teledyne Marine and Trimble to create DSC VISION – a highly innovative, easy to operate 3D guidance and visualization system that allows operators to stop dredging in the dark.

This revolutionary combination of DSC Dredge and Teledyne software, Trimble GNSS positioning, and Teledyne Marine sonar technology delivers a single, powerful package that allows operators to dredge with a new level of accuracy, confidence, and efficiency, resulting in significantly reduced project cost and risk.

Prior to DSC VISION, operators relied on dredging experience, machine feel, and subjective instrumentation for ensuring real-time productivity and post dredging surveys for precise bathymetry or stockpile measurements and accurate mine planning.

The DSC VISION system integrates geographical dredge cutter head position and heading, multi-beam sonar imaging and mapping, dredge navigation and instrumentation, remote connectivity and monitoring, and a user graphical display and software interface that correctly depicts the current dredge location, depth of the cutter head, and topography of the bottom.   The inclusion of Teledyne’s acoustic sonar, provides critical real-time visual updates, leaving little to chance, as the operator can see the entire work area below the dredge, allowing them to react accordingly. This eliminates various concerns such as over dredging, under dredging, and operator safety, which leads to higher production rates, lower energy consumption and reduced downtime.  Other software-based systems rely solely on modeled assumptions, which can be inaccurate and provide a false sense of security, resulting in the need for operators to revisit the work site, wasting valuable time and money.   

All collected DSC VISION data is stored into a comprehensive map of the dredging area or mine site for computation, historical documentation, and future planning.  The software also allows for remote access to the operator’s screen, which enables on the fly training, system troubleshooting and support, and status updates from anywhere in the world. This feature reduces downtime and further increasing project efficiencies.  The easy-to-use operator interface allows even new operators to quickly and easily understand and adapt to the technology; while more experienced operators work even more efficiently and with a higher degree of confidence.

All of these features combine to provide dredge service providers with significant competitive advantages when quoting and operating, quickly resulting in a growing return on investment.   

William J. Wetta, SVP of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer at DSC explains, “DSC Vision is a revolutionary product.  By partnering with Teledyne and Trimble, both experts in their fields, we’re coming out of the gate with best-in-class, proven technologies that combine to deliver a powerful integrated solution.  The DSC Vision package is going to move dredging into the twenty-first century.  It’s going to allow customers to operate at a much higher rate and will ultimately benefit the entire industry.”

Ted Germann, VP Emerging Markets & Business Development at Teledyne Marine adds, “Teledyne Marine has a long legacy of solving difficult challenges for commercial customers and government agencies.  We’re very pleased to now be working along-side DSC Dredge and Trimble to apply our underwater imaging technology to this new and exciting application to provide operators with real-time eyes below the waterline.”

DSC VISION has two versions to best support the wide spectrum of dredging applications: DSC VISION, which is meant for aggregate and other basic dredging operations; and DSC VISION Survey, which is used for larger projects the require “survey grade” sonar data. The base system is easily upgradable by swapping out the sonar if project needs should change or evolve over time.

Most importantly, DSC VISION can be installed on DSC’s full line of cutter head dredges right off the assembly line, or can also be retrofitted to existing DSC dredges or any other manufacturers’ dredge in the field, all  supported by a top-tier, easily accessible, OEM team via a single support hotline.

The industry has quickly embraced this innovative technology, with units already delivered to the field, and additional packages currently on order. To learn more about DSC VISION and how it can help increase your  project efficiency, safety, and competitive advantage, visit www.dscdredge.com/dsc-vision or email dscvision@dscdredge.com.

DSC is a global leader in the dredge manufacturing industry, engineering superior customized dredging solutions to meet specific application needs, while continuing to exceed customer expectations. DSC Dredge designs and manufactures high quality, durable cutter suction and underwater pump mining dredges. At DSC Dredge, we help customers make THE RIGHT CHOICE.  Quality, Innovation, Service, Commitment and Customization are key DSC attributes which explain the reasons customers choose to work with DSC.  DSC Dredge operates from three manufacturing facilities located in Reserve, LA, Poplarville, MS, and Greenbush, MI.  For more information about the company and its products, services and customized solutions, please visit www.dscdredge.com and follow us on Social Media.

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Customers who place their trust in DSC Dredge experience added benefits that go far beyond simply purchasing the right dredge. We forge a long-term relationship with you through our one-on-one attention to your unique story, working with your application details and applying our engineering expertise. We round out your experience with our ongoing operations training and timely, knowledgeable parts and service support. The hallmarks of our success are our commitment to our Customers, paired with our Designs, Customization, Quality, Value and Resale worth.

Dredge Equipment Customization
At DSC Dredge, we specialize in customizing dredging equipment to meet the exact requirements of your unique application. DSC Dredge employs the largest dredge design/engineering team among all North American and most global manufacturers. Our roots go back more than 60 years as a family-owned and -operated dredge manufacturer. And during that time, we have built hundreds of dredges. Our six standard dredge models are world-class. But our strength lies in our ability to modify or custom design any dredge to fit almost any application.

How do we do it?

  • We explore all of the details of your project, such as the materials being dredged, length of flow run, depths, discharge point elevation, engine and pump preference and any other relevant information.
  • You may require extreme dredging depths, deeper hulls or increased excavation power. We can make all of that happen and more.
  • We involve you in every aspect of building your dredge—from specification and options to manufacture to delivery, training and maintenance.
  • Upon delivery, your dredge typically will be assembled by DSC Dredge personnel and placed in service only after we run it through intensive testing.
  • We then fully train your operating staff to ensure they understand the unit and its functions, so they can quickly and competently begin dredging your project.

Dredge Operation Training and Education
DSC Dredge offers numerous different and flexible training options for companies that are new DSC dredge owners. We also offer training to any company that seeks to educate its personnel on dredge operation, mine planning, dredge maintenance or maximizing dredging efficiency—even if the company operates other dredge brands.

All new DSC Dredge owners have access to a 2-day training course at DSC’s primary U.S. training facility in Reserve, Louisiana, as well as onsite operational training when the dredge is officially launched. The first day of training reviews the fundamentals of dredging, while the second day focuses on the specific operations and maintenance of the new dredge. For more information about DSC Dredge’s training options, please visit website.

Ongoing Customer Support
DSC Dredge’s Product Support Services team are the people our customers turn to throughout the entire time they own our equipment, to help keep them operating at peak efficiency and minimize downtime. The DSC Dredge product support services department offers dredge repairs and maintenance, training, retrofits, fitness surveys and dredge relocations. We also conduct onsite dredging equipment surveys, with recommendations for equipment upgrades and improvements that will increase production.