Developments in Diving Technology

Proceedings of an international conference, (Divetech ′84) organized by the Society for Underwater Technology, and held in London, UK, 14–15 November 1984

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  • Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. James A. Lawrie
    Pages 1-17
  3. H. G. Delauze
    Pages 19-25
  4. Keith T. Bentley
    Pages 27-32
  5. J. P. Imbert
    Pages 38-61
  6. K. Segadal, D. M. Furevik, E. Myrseth
    Pages 85-98
  7. J. Balch, P. Sheader
    Pages 115-118
  8. Enrico M. Camporesi, John V. Salzano, Richard E. Moon, Bryant W. Stolp
    Pages 131-142
  9. R. I. Mc’Callum
    Pages 143-152
  10. P. B. James
    Pages 153-157

About these proceedings


Up to about 30 years' ago diving activity was centred primarily on the naval services, who provided a lead in the development of equipment, techniques and procedures. Apart from one or two spectacular salvage undertakings, the main commercial activity up until that time was fairly low-key work in docks and harbours. The concept of saturation diving emerged from subsea habitats of which Captain Cousteau was one of the pioneers. This led the way to commercial development in support of exploration and the production of offshore oil and gas, and I believe that my friend Henri Delauze was one of the first to mount the subsea habitat on deck and provide a sealed bell to convey divers from the habitat to the seabed without change of pressure. A remarkable feature of offshore oil and gas technology in the North Sea has been the willingness of all concerned to exchange information regarding R&D. This has had a major effect on the advance in technology over the last few years. As far as diving is concerned, it is to some extent 'Hobson's Choice'. Legal patents are difficult to achieve in this field, and the casual nature of diver employment to date has meant that ideas and techniques circulate almost as freely as the divers themselves. In addition, the advertis­ ing of the new technologies which one has to offer almost auto­ matically means disclosure of what otherwise might be secret.


design development environment future human factors iron respiration safety saturation welding

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8700-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4970-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0952-1798
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