MultiDeco dive decompression planning software
MultiDeco is a decompression program that uses the Varying Permeability Model (VPM-B) and the Bühlmann (ZHL-16) for decompression profiles. The VPM-B decompression model is well suited to today's technical diving. The deco profiles will start deeper than traditional models and account for micro bubble growth and keep overall supersaturation lower, and giving a better overall decompression.
MultiDeco-TDC is installed in the Technical Dive Computers TDC-3 model.
The dive computer's firmware is aligned perfectly with the MultiDeco planning software. This continuity across the dive platforms, gives a consistent result between the surface planning and the actual dive. Plan your dive, and dive your plan.
MultiDeco calculates all types of Nitrox, Trimix, TriOx, HeliOx, OC, SCR, CCR, RB80, KISS and multilevel dives.
MultiDeco makes plans for Lost deco gas, Turn pressures, Range plans, RB bail outs, watches and warnings. Includes Gas Mixer, Turn pressure formula, Layouts for saving complex dive plans, Graphs, data export, etc.
The settings allow for customized deep and extended stops, control stop times, airbreaks.
MultiDeco is available for PC, Mac, Android, iPad, iPhone.
The Bubble models and similar deep stop profiles, have become the standard for technical and deep diving, with many training agencies including bubble models into their courses. The VPM bubble model uses math to simulate and measure micro bubble growth, and set limits accordingly. The output of a bubble model is similar to many established deep practices such as Pyle Stops, Florida cave practices, DIR, ratio deco plans and others.
In VPM, ascent ceilings are determined on allowable gradients for bubble formation rather than M-values. These super saturation gradients are determined by tracking sets of VPM nuclei (bubble seeds) of a certain initial critical radius. These are the microscopic physical structures that stabilize free phase gas and that can grow into full fledged extravascular bubbles when the super saturation gradient is sufficient to probe the laplace condition for bubble formation.
The ZHL-C model comes from the work of Dr. Albert Bühlmann and his research into decompression. His ZHL-C model was published in 1984. In the mid 1990's, Erik Baker devised a formal method to lower the supersaturation exposures of ZHL-C and thereby append both deeper stops and/or longer deco times onto ZHL-C. This is called Gradient Factors (GF) and is the ZHL-C + GF combination is use today. The available GF settings are wide ranging in their effects and are able to emulate other decompression model attributes.
The Varying Permeability Model was originally developed by Yount and Hoffman in 1986. It was further developed by David Yount, Eric Maiken, and Erik Baker from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, after considerable diver feed back, the model was further developed by Erik Baker, to the current VPM-B model. The MultiDeco program was developed by Ross Hemingway, and presents the VPM-B algorithm inside a complete and useful Windows dive decompression program. See also... Varying Permeability Model (VPM) References
Please note - this program is made with the experienced and technical diver in mind. If you're relatively new to diving, you may find this program difficult to use. You're expected to know the theory behind the diving practices and procedures used here.
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The author and HHS Software Corp do not warrant that this program accurately reflects the Varying Permeability Model algorithms, or that it won't get you bent or dead, or that it will produce safe, reliable results. This dive schedule is experimental and you use it at your own risk. Diving in general is fraught with risk, and decompression diving adds significantly more risk. Deep diving utilizing multiple gasses, including helium, or rebreathers is about as risky as it gets. MultiDeco and the decompression schedules it produces are tools for experienced mixed-gas decompression divers ONLY. If you have not been properly trained in mixed-gas decompression diving by an internationally recognized technical certification agency and/or don't have a firm handle on decompression planning and mixed-gas diving, then DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE.