Navy divers now able to digitally track dives via new software application

ARLINGTON, Va. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global TechSolutions program and industry partners have created a new tool called the Scuba Binary Dive Application (SBDA) 100 to digitally plan, record, and report dive-profile information to Dive/Jump Reporting System (DJRS).

The application will accelerate the process of logging and uploading dive information, and will help eliminate potential data-entry mistakes, officials explain. The SBDA 100 is a software application on a ruggedized tablet used to log, compute and accurately compile dive-profile data.

The data—collected from a wrist watch that divers wear during operations called a Navy Diver Computer—includes dive site conditions, equipment used by the divers, dive events (such as when a diver left the surface or left the bottom of the ocean floor) and if the dive required decompression stops. SBDA 100 syncs this information and automatically uploads it to DJRS.

Throughout the process of the development of the SBDA 100, ONR TechSolutions has worked in conjunction with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Atlantic; industry partner Intelligent Automation Inc.; and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City, which is the home of the U.S. Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. SPAWAR served as the principal investigator and NSWC Panama City provided technical support and hosted the training and demonstration of the SBDA 100 at sea.

ONR TechSolutions is a rapid-response science and technology program focused on solutions to problems submitted by Sailors and Marines.