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The Design and Development of the Topside Decompression Monitor
Technical rept. Aug 2004-Feb 2011
NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT PANAMA CITY FL
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In 2004 Navy Experimental Diving Unit was tasked to prototype a dive data collection and management system. As a topside decompression monitor TDM, the system must be able to operate at remote diving locations and provide dive supervisors and operators with real-time dive decompression information. The TDM will collect diver depth and temperature information and update this into its TDM topside computer, which has been programmed to provide real-time decompression schedules for the divers. TDM hardware components include a laptop computer, instrumentation case, diver instrumentation cable, and diver-worn depth sensor its software components include a decompression program and a data management program. Special permission is currently obtained to actively use the TDM in an ongoing diving operation. The TDM monitors diver depth, computes real-time decompression profiles,and provides information to dive supervisors and operators, so that they can act to ensure the safety of the divers. The TDM is in the field and is being received in a positive manner by dive supervisors and operators using the system.
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