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    AUVs take centre stage at IU 2001

    News // July 28, 2000
    This year's Underwater Intervention conference and exhibition has a special emphasis on submarine cables and AUVs this year, say the organisers, because these are two rapidly evolving areas that profoundly affect the underwater contracting business.

    UI 2001 will take place 15-17 January 2001 at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

    "For AUVs, 2001 should be a year of great activity and advances," stated Brian Morr of Technosphere, Inc, guest chairman of the AUV Technical Track".

    "We're hoping that the papers submitted will reflect the growing interest in this revolutionary technology applied to the rapidly developing offshore market."

    The theme throughout these papers will be "Towards the Commercialisation of AUVs". Morr stated, "We anticipate having presentations not only from the mainstream manufacturers, operators and clients but also from the smaller specialist technology and service groups that may be able to make significant contributions, perhaps in ways currently not thought of."

    In addition to the AUV Technical Papers, UI 2001 will also be featuring an AUV Discussion Panel in a format similar to that at UI 2000 in Houston, but with more time for participation from the floor.

    Participants at UI 2001 will examine the best technologies and practices of today, providing the blueprint for a bold future in the underwater cable
    industry.

    The following subject areas will be explored at UI 2001: Fibre Optic Systems, Route Surveys/Assessment, System Planning, Deepwater and Near-Shore Lay and Burial, Cable Protection, and Cable Maintenance and Repair.

    Underwater Intervention is co-sponsored by the ROV Committee of the Marine Technology Society (MTS/ROV) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADC).

    The organisations are co-sponsoring the event for the
    ninth consecutive year.

    Authors interested in submitting papers should contact Technical Program Chairman Howie Doyle at 281-440-0278, fax 281-440-4867, or email a 100-word abstract directly to hdoyle@doylepublishing.com.

    Deadline for abstracts is 01 September 2000.

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