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RINA - SURV 8 Conference. Surveillance, Search & Rescue Craft. 20 - 21 March 2013

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) continues the SURV (Surveillance, Search & Rescue Craft) series of international conferences in 2013 with the eighth edition titled SURV 8.

The conference will be held on 20th & 21st March at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole, UK.

With ever greater recreational and commercial use of the marine environment there is inevitably a higher rate of incidents where external assistance is required. This increased pressure on resources provides a new set of challenges that organisations need to adapt to in order to continue to provide their high level of service.

The SURV 8 conference provides a forum for discussion of both military and civilian vessels. SURV 8 includes papers across the full range of vessels, equipment and methods used by search and rescue organisations, pilot craft, coastguards and police.

Attendance at SURV 8 (Surveillance, Search and Rescue Craft) qualifies as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for RINA members.

Topics will include analysis of new designs, applications and operations of these vessels, as well as review existing vessels and uses across all marine environments.

Further event details and registration information at

The RIB & HSC Directory is pleased to be a media partner and supporter of RINA and SURV 8.

Provisional list of papers to be presented at SURV 8 conference include:-



•    Time For a Rethink on RIBs:

Dag Pike, Dag Pike Associates

    US Coast Guard Boat Forces:

David M. Shepard, USCG Office of Boat Forces

•    Console and Dashboard Design for Hydroplaning Boats Optimizing Geometry for Control:

Johan Ullman, HSBO Professional Consulting

•    Ships Rescue Craft - An Investigation into the Causes & Effects of Weight Growth:

Colin Cain, Longitude Engineering

•    Professional Water Craft - The P in PWC - an Analysis:

David Lane, Jefferies & Associates

•    UK Mod Approach to managing Whole Body Shock and Vibration in Small Fast Craft:

M. Hawkins, MOD

•    Design Development For 16.7m Rescue / Patrol Boat:

Albert Nazarov, Albatross Marine Design

•    Preliminary Design Tool for the Performance Prediction of High Speed Planning Craft in Irregular Seas:

Endicott M. Fay, Cotty Fay Marine Design

•    Instrumented Free-Running Model Tests, Their Application to Small High Speed Craft:

Stephen Phillips, Seaspeed Marine Consulting Ltd

•    Synthetic Vertical Acceleration Time Histories for High Speed Craft:

Jonathan Hirst, Qinetiq

•    Technical Solutions for Shock Mitigation on High Speed Government Craft:

Thomas Coe, Qinetiq

•    Designing Modern Military High Speed Craft. Balancing Capability Demands with Military Requirements:

Steven Lee, Qinetiq

•    Information Architecture for Fast Response Craft ¬ Command & Control & Human Systems Integration:

Trevor Dobbins, STResearch

•    The Test Coxswain: The Human Element within Test & Evaluation:

Jon Hill, FRC International

•    Hovercraft To The Rescue:

Brian Russel, Hovercraft Society

•    Special Design Features and Experiences with a New Sternramp Operated Lifeboat / Daughtercraft:

Holger Freese, Deutsche Gesellschaft Zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger


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