2009 PSUBS Convention
September 30 - October 4
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3, Canada
Speakers and presentations.
Undersea Research and Technologies
Dr. Phil Nuytten, Nuytco Research Ltd.
Nuytco Research Ltd. is a world leader in the development and operation of undersea technology. Nuytco and its sister company, Can-Dive Construction Ltd. have over thirty years experience working around the world. Nuytco designs, builds, and operates atmospheric diving suits, submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, as well as specialty equipment for commercial diving. Can-Dive is a diving company offering state of the art diving technology and services with a reputation solidly built on underwater innovation and satisfied customers.
Nuytco's President and founder, Dr. Phil Nuytten, is recognized as one of the pioneers of the diving industry worldwide. Dr. Nuytten has invented and developed a patented rotary joint technology for use in the revolutionary diving suit called the NEWTSUIT. He also conceived and patented an articulated mating skirt for use in submarine rescue systems (such as the Remora which was recently delivered to the Royal Australian Navy). His current work is aimed at progressing the concepts of deep work in the oceans by the utilization of one-atmosphere vehicles and tools.
Seehunde as PSUBs?
Jay Jeffries, PSUBS Member
Jay has a long history of submarines in his family. He served aboard USS Bluefish (SSN-675) & USS Sea Devil (SSN-664) as a nuclear technician. After receiving a degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, he worked with the design efforts for Los Angeles, Trident, and Seawolf-classes of submarines at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics in Groton, CT. With other firms he has been involved with the engineering of diving survival and life support systems. In between real jobs Jay has been employed as a SCUBA and commercial diving instructor. His hobby is researching and diving on old sunken submarines. Today he is an advocate of developing procedures and means for rescue and/or escape from personal submersibles.
Underwater Archaeological Sites
David Stone, Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia
Syntactic Foam, What is it and how do you make it.
Cliff Redus, PSUBS Member
DR. CLIFF REDUS, PSUBS Member is an independent petroleum engineering consultant who specializes in production system optimization and subsea flow assurance. Prior to starting his consulting business, Dr. Redus was an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa (TU). Dr. Redus has worked the last 28 years in the petroleum industry, both in production research and field operations in the area of multiphase flow. His primary areas of interest are multiphase flow in well bores, flow lines and production equipment, multiphase meters and pumps, computational fluid mechanics, advance separation technology and paraffin and hydrate deposition in production flow lines and wells. In 1976 Dr. Redus received a B.S. in Mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas. In 1980, and 1985, he received his MS. and Ph.D. degrees respectively, from the University of Houston, both in Mechanical Engineering. As a hobby, Dr. Redus has designed and build a one-man, one-atm recreational submersible called the R300 optimized for underwater flight.
Snoopy Submersible Dive Video
Alec Smyth, PSUBS Member
Alec is owner of a K-350 named Snoopy which is actively dived in numerous locations and used as a teaching tool when it travels to schools and other public events. He has produced several DVD's based upon diving performed by Snoopy including an educational video that describes how submarines work and documents the process of diving and surfacing the vessel.
Vance Bradley, PSUBS Member
Vance Bradley watched Cousteau's World Without Sun for the first time in the old Paramount Theater on Church Street, downtown in his native Nashville, Tennessee. A decade and a half later he was in Egypt, piloting one of Jean Francois Durand's Perry submersibles through the oldest in-water oil field on earth, right under the frowning brow of the Sinai Peninsula.
He went to Florida and told the Perry people that he wanted to drive submarines. They didn't laugh. Instead, they gave him a forklift to practice on, and six months after that he was making his first submersible dives in the North Sea. Subsequently, he spent thousands of hours underwater over a decade of offshore work, qualified as pilot for nine different manned submersible vehicles, and was one of the most senior of Intersub's pilots during the wild construction days in the North Sea. He's been under some part of nearly every major piece of water in the world, sometimes way under. Eventually, he left the submersible field to work in commercial nuclear power which is tantamount, in his view, to jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Nowadays, he writes, and works on his Sunday submarine (his third), and rides his motorcycles.