RadaScan

The RadaScan system is an advanced local position reference sensor for long range use in marine Dynamic Positioning (DP) applications. The sensor is a rotating antenna mounted on the DP equipped vessel. It emits a microwave beam and accurately measures the range and bearing of one or more intelligent microwave targets called responders, allowing for the calculation of vessel position and heading. 

With an optional operating temperature of -40ºC, RadaScan is also available as an Extreme Low Temperature (XT) variant for Ice and Arctic operations. 

    Benefits
    • All weather operation 
    • Automatic target detection 
    • Standard 3 year warranty and worldwide support network 
    • Extreme low temperature (XT) -40ºC variant available 
    • Field proven false target reflection rejection 
    • Robust construction - high performance in all weather conditions and sea states 
    • Innovative user friendly touch screen Dashboard control 
    • Tracking and data logging capability 
    • Ease of use for quick set-up and operation 
    Technical Features
    • Operating range up to 1000m 
    • Close range operation from 10m 
    • Full 360º scanning 
    • Multi target capability - navigable off 2 responders during the same operation 
    • Multi-target operation gives structure heading 
    • Interfaces to all known DP systems  
    • RF immunity - resistant to X and S band when installed correctly 
    • IP66 certified 
    • EN60945 certified 
    Applications

    The RadScan system is suitable for traditional offshore applications which use fixed and mobile structures along with niche vessels such as: 

    • Coast guard support 
    • Polar research supply vessels 
    • Semi-submersibles 
    • Well intervention vessels 
    • Ultra deep water anchor handling 
    • Shuttle tankers 
    Targets 
    Microwave sensors (RadaScan and Mini RadaScan) operate with a variety of intelligent microwave targets called responders. Available in a variety of power options to suit the operation, responders can be mounted on a fixed structure, such as an offshore oil-platform for station-keeping, or on another moving vessel for track-and-follow operations.

    Responders

    • RadaScan and Mini RadaScan compatible - 360º navigation off one responder 
    • ATEX and CSA certified 
    • All weather operation 
    • Unique coded ID 
    • Auto target detection 
    • Single or multiple responder capability 
    • Various power options 

    Power Options

    • Externally mains powered - suitable for permanently powered responders 
    • Primary Cell Pack (PCP) - suitable for permanent responders where mains power is unavailable. Cell packs should be on a one year swap out maintenance schedule. 
    • Self-contained battery pack - suitable for keeping on the vessel and handing over

    Mounting Options

    Guidance Marine provide a universal swivel bracket which is suitable for all responder power and installation options.  

    Best Practice

    Guidance Marine recommends fixed installation for all responders regardless of whether it is a short or long term operation. 

    The Primary Cell Pack (PCP) has a nominal 24/7 use expected life-time of 12 months under average temperature conditions, therefore the batteries will require replacing. No maintenance is required on the rechargeable responder. 

    Patents
    Patents granted or pending: GB 2478954, EP 2369363 
     
    Applicable to RadaScan, Mini RadaScan, RadaScan View and Responders (rechargeable, PCP, mains) 

    RadaScan XT 

    Designed for Ice and Arctic Operations 

    RadaScan XT can reach extreme low temperature, -40°C variants of the standard sensor. The XT sensor enjoys all the functionality and operational benefits of the conventional radar reference technologies but have been designed to operate in Ice and Arctic operations. 

    Benefits:

    • Extreme low temperature -40ºC variant
    • Fail safe measures on start up
    • Temperature is constantly monitored at the user Dashboard

    Applications:

    RadaScan XT is suitable for applications which use fixed and mobile structures in a polar climate:

    • Polar Research vessel
    • Icebreaker Anchor Handler vessel
    • Giant Icebreaker vessel
    • Ice Class Offshore Support vessel
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    Dashboard

    The RadaScan Dashboard has been logically structured and carefully designed to provide a clear intuitive interface that maximises the opportunities of multi-touch user control and touch screen technology. The innovative user interface enables DPOs to use RadaScan safely and effectively whilst providing optimum positioning performance.

    • Ergonomically friendly - user centred design for ease of use and simple target acquisition
    • Optional touch screen control
    • Minimalist design to reduce operational ambiguity
    • Simple, clear and concise numeric range, bearing and heading data
    • Sensor control, configuration, alarm handling and data logging functionality
    • Control, clarity and complete visibility of the sensor and target(s) operational environment
    • DPO is in full control of the system and data stream being fed to the DP system
    • Comprehensive user friendly operator's and installer's guides
    • Operation friendly day and night mode
    RadaScan_Single_Target_Tracking

    During Single-Target Tracking, RadaScan uses a single responder to derive 360 degree coverage and heading data.

    RadaScan_Multi_Target_Tracking

    During Multi-Target Tracking, RadaScan uses two responders. It can navigate off a maximum of 4 responders.

    RadaScan_Multi_Target_Tracking-Extended_Coordinates_Mode

    Extended Coordinates Mode displays responder positions, range, bearing and heading information all in a succinct taskbar alongside the BEV.

    The user interface is common across all four sensors, to aid productivity and reduce cost of ownership.

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