Underwater Magazine - July/August 2014 - (Page 16)

inland Commercial Diving in the Inland Sector By AArOn M. LAy DIVERS WHo WoRk IN THE inland sector are well accustomed to a mixed bag when it comes to job sites. An inland diver could find him or herself diving a harbor or lake one day, and a river or sewage treatment plant the next. The kinds of structures that require their attention are just as diverse as the bodies of water they populate. There are so many dams in the continental United States alone that no one really knows the exact number. The Army Corp of Engineers lists 75,000 in its National Inventory of Dams, which is the most comprehensive register of dams nationwide. But the exact number of dams is anyone's guess. What's more, there are roughly 22,000 publicly owned sewage treatment plants and more than 600,000 bridges nationwide. Someone has to keep all these things in working order. The general public typically doesn't stop to consider the amount of work that goes into maintaining the precious infrastructure that so many depend and rely on. But anyone who drove safely across a bridge today, flushed a toilet or enjoyed access to 16 UnderWater july/august 2014 clean drinking water owes a great deal to hardworking inland divers. UnderWater recently got the chance to talk to Art Schmidt, president of Underwater Consultants International, Inc. (UCII), about the diversity and challenges associated with inland diving. Based in Lockport, New York, UCII has been conducting inland operations for nearly 20 years and has had its hands on just about every kind of project imaginable. Schmidt admits, "We do a lot of things, but we don't do everything. One of the things that we don't do a lot of, not that we can't do, is construction. We focus primarily on inspections. I can refine that further by saying that we do mostly inspection, repair and maintenance. And it's the inspection field that sets us apart because we end up doing a lot of repair and maintenance while we're on-site doing inspections. We inspect all kinds of structures, but about 90% of the work we do is dams. We just finished two, five-year contracts with the state of Pennsylvania. We do all the inspection, repair and maintenance on all of Pennsylvania's state-owned dams and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Underwater Magazine - July/August 2014

Board of Directors
President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Commercial Diving in the Inland Sector
Life or Death in the ‘Golden Hour’
Mark V Monument Scholarship
Philippine and US Navy Seabee Divers Conduct Joint Training During Exercise
Joint Underwater Concrete Placement - FOAL Eagle 2014
Seabee Divers Complete Deep Water Mooring Inspections
Artemis Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Searches for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
New Gear
New ADCI Members
Delta Subsea and Foundocean Ink New Deal in Trinidad, Tobago, and Venezuela
Underwater Metal Detectors for Law Enforcement and Commercial Diving
ADCI Advisory Notice Archives
Index to Advertisers

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