Using the experience acquired from the previous two Workshops, the 2010 Workshop will have the following format. The event will start with a review of the state-of-the-art and practice of underwater welding and inspection technology.
The workshop will first review the:
- State-of-the-art and practice of underwater wet welding
- State-of-the-art and practice of underwater hyperbaric welding
- State-of-the-art and practice of underwater inspection
- Performance and Reliability of underwater welded structures
- Case studies of success in underwater welding repair (economics and design)
Following the review sessions, the workshop will break into working groups. Small group workshops will promote open and active discussion of current technological advances and roadblocks to further progress of underwater welding and inspection and the full utilization of underwater welded structures.
Draft white papers that clearly establish industrial and research needs, guidelines and recommendations for the future development of underwater fabrication will be prepared for the deliberations of the working groups. Experts that have been identified to lead these working groups are also requested to prepare these draft white papers. The white papers will be distributed to the participants at arrival to the workshop. Attendees of the different working groups will be invited to submit written comments and make oral discussions during the sessions. During the last plenary meeting, the working group leaders will present the findings to the whole workshop.
Finally, the finalized working group reports will be compiled and incorporated into the proceedings clearly detailing the prioritized industrial and research needs, guidelines and recommendations for the future development and implementation of underwater fabrication and inspection.
The six working groups are:
- Impact of Material Quality Control on Underwater Welding, Inspection and Reliability
- Standards & Certification - Differences between the 1999 D3.6 U/W Welding Specification and the 2010 U/W Welding Code 5th edition
- Wet and Habitat Welding Consumables Development
- Education/Training/Certification of Welding & Inspection Personnel
- Performance and System Reliability of Underwater Welds made to AWS D3.6, including Wet Welds
- Risk-based Inspection, NDT Performance Demonstration Initiatives (PDIs), and underwater MPI in API RP 2X
The length and format of the white paper will be provided to the group leaders.