Diving Reconnaissance and Underwater Inspection

by Jeffrey A. Layton, (A.M.ASCE), Sr. Ocean Engr.; CH2M Hill, Bellevue, Wash.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 39-51

Document Type: Journal Paper


Emphasis is placed on integrating the diving engineer into the coastal engineering design process to demonstrate how his special knowledge can become a key factor in designing and constructing underwater structures. The diving engineer has two basic functions: (1)Diving reconnaissance to obtain basic first-hand knowledge of a project site's environmental and physical characteristics; and (2)construction inspection to ensure quality underwater construction work. Specific diving procedures for conducting underwater reconnaissance surveys and inspecting subaqueous construction are described. The relationship between manned diving systems and remote controlled underwater reconnaissance vehicles is examined. Diving safety and training are also presented.

Subject Headings: Underwater construction | Inspection | Coastal processes | Underwater structures | Underwater surveys | Coastal environment | Environmental issues | Construction sites

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