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Surv 8 - Surveillance, Search and Rescue CraftSURV 9 Conference


20-21 March 2013, Poole, UK 

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Conference Overview

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects will continue its successful SURV series of International Conferences in 2013 now in its eighth edition.Rib

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 conference will provide a forum for discussion of both military and civilian vessels. We hope
to include papers across the full range of vessels, equipment and methods, used by pilot craft,
coastguards, and police as well as search and rescue organisations. Topics will include analysis of new designs, applications, and operations of these vessels, as well as review existing vessels and their use
across all marine environments.

Conference Content

Provisional list of papers to be presented at the conference includes:RNLI

  • Time for a Rethink on Ribs, Dag Pike, Dag Pike Associates
  • U.S. Coast Guard Boat Forces, David M. Shepard, USCG Office of Boat Forces
  • Console And Dashboard Design For Hydroplaning Boats Optimizing Geometry For Control, Safety And Comfort, Johan Ullman, High Speed Boat Operations Professionals Consulting
  • Ships’ Rescue Craft: An Investigation into the Causes and Effects of Weight Growth, Colin Cain, Longitude Engineering
  • Professional” Water Craft - The P in PWC? An Analysis!, David Lane, Jefferies & Associates Ltd
  • 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, NDP
  • Technical Solutions for Shock Mitigation on High Speed Government Craft, Thomas Coe, NDP
  • Designing Modern Military High Speed Craft. Balancing Capability Demands with Military Requirements, Steven Lee, NDP
  • Information Architecture for Fast Response Craft ­ Command & Control & Human Systems Integration, Trevor Dobbins, Stresearch, UK
  • The Test Coxswain: The Human Element within Test & Evaluation, Jon Hill, FRC International Ltd, UK
  • 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

Download the Conference Programme and Registration Form

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT) By 20/02/2013 After 20/02/2013
RINA members £560 £660
Non-members £660 £760
Concessions (retired/students, etc) £330 £330
Principcal Author £125 £125
Additional Author £560 £560

Register by 20 February and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments, drinks reception, a CD-ROM of the papers and presentations after the conference, and VAT. The CD-ROM will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.

Additional coppies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale ( members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at

Registration and Payment methods

1: Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and pay by bank transfer or cheque

Payments must be made in sterling by Eurocheque, cheque drawn on a bank with a UK branch address or sterling bank transfer. Please note that RINA requires payment before the conference date.


Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any conference or course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

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The RNLI college has limited accomodation available; prices for B&B is £89.25 for single occupancy and £106.25 for double occupancy.  If you wish to book accomodation please call 0870 833 2000 and quote the reference 'The Royal Institution of Naval Architects - SURV Conference'.

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Surv 8 Conferences

The 2013 conference will continue the successful series of SURV conferences.

Please click here to view the previous 2009 SURV 7 Conference Programme

Continual Professional Development

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Attendance at The Surv 8: Surveillance, Search and Rescue Craft conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

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