Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Diving and underwater engineering


A multi-level, deep-water loch provides the perfect training conditions for diving and remote-operated vehicle piloting.

The Underwater Centre at Loch Linnie, Fort William, offers conditions and depths similar to those in the North Sea making it an ideal test bed for sub-sea equipment and technology. Last month Adus, a group based at the University of St Andrews, used the site to test a new sonar deployment system, which enables the group to produce accurate site plans and make comprehensive assessments of submerged archaeological sites, such as wrecks and crashed aircraft.

Earlier this year Invent Water Features installed what is believed to be the highest seawater floating jet fountain in the world, in Dubai. Underwater maintenance and repair specialists, UMC International, were recently brought in to carry out underwater paint coating repairs on the fountain.

UMC's Dubai office branch manager Simon Doran said that after identifying the area with paint abrasion damage and removing the marine fouling, UMC prepared a sacrificial pretreatment brush before applying UnderC 11SW solution in two coats to the damaged areas.

A diver prepares to enter the water to begin an hour-anda-half stint of laying cables off the coast of Denmark. The project was carried out earlier this year by underwater specialist Falmouth Divers on the world largest wind farm:

Horns Rev. Working in shifts was limited to an hour and a half because of the unusual conditions of working in open water.

The divers laid interconnecting cables that linked each turbine in the array together. A single transmission cable then linked the wind farm with the shore, aiding Denmark's drive for renewable energy.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.