A Message From The Executive Director

By Phil Newsum

I hope you enjoy this edition of Underwater magazine. This issue will now contain ROV features, versus just an ROV pictorial. This is part of the ongoing changes to the magazine.

2019 is expected to be a busy year for the Association. This will be the last year of the audit initiative, and as expected there will be a number of companies that will have to get their audit in before 1 March 2020. We will also be annotating in the Blue Pages and web site those companies and schools which have undergone the audit with a special logo. The audit protocol will also change, effective 1 January 2019. From this point forward, all new applicants and those companies and schools still needing to go through the audit will pay a portion of the fee upfront. The tabletop portion of the audit will be conducted before any on-sight or dive-sight portions are performed. The tabletop portion of the audit must be completed within 60 days; otherwise the process will be suspended. Auditors will also now use the cloud based safety management software, iAuditor. This will allow for real time input of data, as well as real time ADCI office oversight of each audit. The changes to the audit protocol will be presented at U.I. 2019, as one of the commercial diving tracks.

This upcoming year will also see the development of the new ADCI Bell/Saturation Diver certification – INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENT. Both ADCI and IMCA will work towards identifying all gaps between our current Bell/Sat Diver certification and those recognized by IMCA and the International Diving Regulators and Certifiers Forum (IDRCF).

Release of the ADCI International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations will also take place after U.I. 2019. There will be a formal announcement, along with a gap analysis between editions 6.2 and 6.3. Revisions to the ADCI Supervisor Exam will reflect the edition change. There will be an entirely new section on Ship husbandry in edition 6.3. Edition 6.3 will also mark the last time that the Consensus Standards will be revised in its entirety. From this point forward, the document will be revised on a section-by-section or need-to basis. One of the first things to be looked at for the revision of edition 6.3.1 will be the development of a Nuclear Power Plant Underwater Operations section, along with continued changes to the certification section, as we expand the INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENT matrix.

Lastly, I want to share with you my excitement with the program for Underwater Intervention 2019. I would encourage all of you to review the Technical Program, Think Tank, and Supplier Solutions sessions that are lined up for the show. If you have a lesson learned or project experience to share, there is no better way to get your company’s name and brand noticed by industry than to present at the show. For further information go to www.underwaterintervention.com or contact the ADCI office directly.

See you at U.I. 2019.