Edwards Diving Services can offer experienced and equipped dive teams, comprising Diving engineers, marine engineers, supervisors and tradesmen with an extensive skill and qualification inventory. Supported by our professional civil engineers and scientists, we have the ability to undertake a diverse variety of work; from marine vessel inspection maintenance to full scale construction projects. Our Diving Services include:-
A common misconception is the inshore diving industry is coastal and sub sea based. However, E.D.S undertake a large proportion of work within industrial process facilities such as traditional power stations , steel works, waste water treatment plants, hydro-electric stations and pumping stations. We can access failed mechanical equipment for recovery or repair, inspect cooling water systems, replace pumps, valves and install isolation equipment to allow dry maintenance. We pride ourselves on being to offer our clients a complete solution to their problem, a great example of this was a power station cooling water system that did not have an isolation mechanism, take a look at how we designed, manufactured and fitted a bespoke solution enabling our client to vastly reduce project costs.
Engineering Inspection Services
Our professional skills base and diverse technical equipment, allows us to offer a wide array of Inspection services for Clients. Our Diving Engineer and Team can provide Structural & Conditional Inspections of all manor of infrastructure, vessels and industrial application, read more…..
EDS have the capacity and partners to provide a wide range of submerged structural protection systems and diving services, from installation, to inspection and testing, as well as maintenance and repair. The methods of protection vary greatly depending on the structure and environment from simple scour deflection plates, to concrete encasement, cathodic protection systems and more recently “denso” pile wrapping.
Installation & Repair of Submerged Structures
Often simple mechanical structures and mechanisms require very different characteristics and properties when they are installed underwater or in a marine environment. Our operational team’s skills include coded welding, broco cutting as well as the use of specialist underwater tooling for complex requirements. We have decades of experience in designing bespoke engineering solutions, complimented by our in-house fabrication and machine shop enabling us to manufacture and produce bespoke engineered solutions and install them using our specialist teams, providing a one-stop-shop solution for our clients.
We also play a key role during the installation and maintenance of major marine infrastructure such as barrages, lock gates, moorings, penstocks, stop logs, as well as within industrial installations such as power station cooling water systems, outfalls, treatment plants and pumping stations.
Removal of Submerged Structures
Edwards Diving Services are often required to remove submerged structures from the natural environment that are no longer in use and present a danger to shipping, the public or the environment. Many structures were built without any consideration of how it could be removed, presenting significant challenges for the responsible client. Here at EDS, we love a challenge and have not yet been presented with problem that we couldn’t successfully solve. Take a look at our project to remove a power station long sea outfall structure, you would have thought the major issue would have been the 450mm concrete filled steel pile with 9 x 15mm thick rebar through it, yet it was cormorants nesting on the structure that caused us the largest problem in delaying our work until they had finished nesting.
Methil Power Station Cooling Water Intake Structure Removal
Subsurface Civil Installations, Repairs & Removal
Subsurface civil engineering is another area of expertise Edwards Diving Services have developed over a number of decades, whilst in keeping with technological advancements to ensure the best value and sustainable solution is offered to our clients. We have developed specialist methods and practises for submerged concrete operations, using a number of different formwork configurations, including the commonly used MEVA panel system, and often involving complex formations. We work with concrete suppliers to understand and deliver high quality results for the clients specific consideration, be it scour, chemical corrosion or ecology. We use a number of innovative products such as underwater additives, Natural Cement, concrete canvas.
Inland Waterways and Reservoirs
Edwards Diving Services are proud to support Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on a framework agreement for the maintenance and preservation of their infrastructure. Wales, being blessed with magnificent mountains and plenty of rainfall, is home to a large number of significant reservoirs, a vital part of our modern utility infrastructure. Our role is to provide emergency response teams to quickly resolve problems, conduct inspections and surveys for preventative maintenance and support major projects with our expert knowledge and specialist equipment.
Salvage & Recovery
Salvage & Recovery is one of our specialty diving servcies. We have a fully equipped experienced response team that attend sunken vessels or lost equipment.. Our experienced team can manage the whole salvage operation:
- Locating sunken / lost vessels and equipment.
- Conduct immediate risk assessment of located vessel / equipment and deploy our own pollution booms if necessary.
- Conduct underwater inspection either by diver or ROV (remote operated vehicle) dependant on the environment.
- Assess damage and advise on best methods of recovery.
- Secure sunken vessel/ and raise using airlift bags to allow surface recovery.
Locating lost equipment in difficult environments with nil visibility is also part of the challenge. You’d be amazed at what we’ve been able to locate and recover for clients, it’s not just boats, although each one presents a different challenge. We have located and recovered scientific monitoring equipment, steel cargo, lost anchors, even a member of the public’s spectacles whilst on a job.
Please see our news articles for recent salvage success stories…..
Edwards Diving Services has practical experience of repairing and inspecting swimming pools, as well as assisting with the engineering challenges that modern multifloor swimming pools present.
Our services include:
- Repair and replace pool tiles
- Replace pool grilles for anti-vortex grilles
- Conduct leak tests using environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable dye
- Tank, pipework and mechanical Inspection, replacement or maintenance
All our work can be done underwater without the need to empty the pool, significantly reducing time, costs and disruption.
Film TV & Media
Edwards Diving Services have provided a wide range of support and services to the growing media industry in Wales and the South West. We have assisted on various on location productions, from television drama series, reality programmes and major blockbuster films. We have also assisted with various water sporting events from triathlons to speed racing.
Our Work includes:
- Safety and rescue work under, on or near water
- Underwater filming and special effects
- Setting up of scenes and equipment
- Producing bespoke specialist film props for the marine environment
- Deploying props
- Bespoke pontoon and boat systems
To read more about our range of Film and Media support services please see our Safety Cover & Rescue Work page