CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN WELCOME
Glasgow, a city famed for its strong
association with the sea, naval engineering
and innovation, is the host for UDT 2018.
Whether it’s the world’s first commercially
successful steamship, the PS Comet, or
the RN’s latest ASW Type 26 frigate HMS
Glasgow, the city can rightfully boast to be
at the forefront of technology developments
and the advancement of naval engineering. In its
heyday, around 25% of all the world’s shipping was built on the Clyde.
At UDT 2018, we champion maritime innovation and pose the
simple question, “is technology driving an evolution or revolution
in underwater affairs?” We will explore this and other questions
in relation to developments in military and civil technology. Are
we witnessing a revolutionary change in underwater defence and
security? Can advances in new technology force a paradigm shift in
naval doctrine, strategies and tactics? Are naval policy holders setting
the agenda for revolutionary change? What appetite do naval leaders
have to promote and adopt revolutionary technological change?
All maritime nations are adopting technology-led strategies such
as the UK’s “Science and Technology Strategy”. These initiatives are
intended to recognise and exploit emerging technologies; to leverage
new technical and conceptual innovations in order to enhance or
maintain a defence and security advantage. Underwater defence
and security is no exception, and, in this domain, rapid advances in
technology across defence and civil markets have the potential to
generate revolutionary change.
It is against this background that this year’s UDT 2018 conference
presents papers that focus on new concepts, new technologies
and innovation in underwater defence and security. This is a great
opportunity for industry and navy leaders, scientists and engineers to
share, debate and learn about these advances and how they can make
real change across the naval enterprise.
The UDT 2018 conference, together with the parallel exhibition, offers
an exciting insight of how rapid advances in miniaturisation, robotics,
big data, modularity, additive manufacturing, mass consumer
technology – to name but a few – are all feeding into the next wave of
I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to the speakers and
delegates, members of the Technical Planning Committee and
Clarion Defence & Security for their efforts in ensuring the success of
UDT. Our conference and exhibition serves as a leading forum for the
promotion of technology, whether it acts as a driver for evolution, or
revolution, in our underwater domain. I hope you enjoy your time in
Glasgow and reap the rewards of a stimulating conference, exhibition
and networking opportunity.
UDT 2018 Conference Chairman,
Chief Technology Officer, ATLAS Elektronik UK