Underwater - November/December 2010 - (Page 11)
A MESSAGE FROM THE ADCI PRESIDENT ■ BILL CROWLEY
I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW PLEASED and relieved I am to finally have the release of the Association of Diving Contractors International, 6th edition of the International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations for its 90 day review period. This has taken more time than we expected but know the result will be a positive change for safer diving operations worldwide. I have noted the chatter on the various sites and, except for a few who will never get the message, most have welcomed the transparency and opportunity to comment in a constructive way on the new proposed standards. We do not think of it as a perfect document and clearly expect changes in order to meet the industry level of best practices. This standard was created with the knowledge and expectation it would be an evergreen document. Some of the proposed changes will be welcomed; some will initially appear to be difficult and others may need some massaging. Some may be greeted with relief. Change is not an easy thing to go through and this change is for the better and will be the foundation of a new and true world standard for diving safety. The 6h Edition is out for comment as of 25 September until 25 December 2010, 90 days to voice your comments. Constructive criticism is very welcome. To download the document and provide comments, go to www.underwatermagazine.com and follow the link. This month the focus is on Saturation Diving, something I know a little about. How many of you know what took place before saturation diving became a common practice?
“Saturation Diving in 650 Feet” (200 meters) in 1965
In the past few years, this periodical has published accounts of the early years of sat diving. The world’s first commercial saturation project at Smith Mountain Dam, then the first offshore GOM saturation the following year, but what about before that? What do you know about the research that led to the fine art of successful deep saturation diving? In the summer of 1965, Ocean Systems, Inc., with the full support of Union Carbide was actively engaged in deep diving research in a little known place called Ocean Systems Diving Research Facility in Tonawanda, New York. After 57 dives to various depths including a few short duration jumps to 650 fsw (200 meters), two men, Arthur D. Noble and Robert Christensen were ready to begin what is officially known as “Dive 58.” Dr. Bill Hamilton, (many of you out there know him or of him) led the research project and with his team managed (with an educated gut level of “we can do it”) to successfully accomplish a “first,” proving it was possible to place men in 650 fsw (200 meters). The sat operation lasted approximately 48 hours. Physiological, dexterity, comprehension, problem solving and emotional adaptive studies were conducted in the 48 hours they spent at depth before slowly returning to the surface. Much was learned by this and we owe much of what we do today to these pioneering accomplishments by those who dared to venture into the deeper depths. Thank you guys! I was in High School then. What were you doing in 1965? Be safe, do the right thing and remember to always take the high road!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Underwater - November/December 2010
Underwater - November/December 2010
Board of Directors
Executive Director’s Message
The Saturation Situation
Got It Covered?
9th Annual MATE International Student Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition
Innovator, Philanthropist, Diver, Teacher
Underwater Intervention 2011
ADCI Member Company Listings
Underwater - November/December 2010