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Swindon - Connecting Continents


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Constructing the Internet - a maritime adventure.

Date and Time

13 February 2018 - 18:30-20:30


Swindon, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Swindon local network. Contact email - swindon@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

The internet works by linking computers and servers across the globe mostly using optical fibre. This means there is a physical fibre connection between different countries across the globe. The talk will explain how these delicate glass fibres are installed so they survive in shallow waters where human activities pose a constant threat to full ocean depth where sea water pressure and tectonic plate movement present their own challenges.   
The talk shows how the network reliability was greatly improved with a little help from a bush fire in Papua New Guinea. Despite this every now and then a major event such as a tsunami causes a serious disruption.  The talk will give an insight into the resilience of the network and how engineers undertake the often dangerous task of repairing it.


Rob Struzyna, BSc(Eng) CEng FIMechE, Consulting Engineer (Retired)

Rob has spent 40 years working on Subsea Cables and has firsthand experience of the challenges of laying underwater communications cables. As Head of Subsea Engineering at British Telecom Research Labs he led the development of the technology which enables fibre optics to be deployed at sea. He was Technical Director of the company which laid the first international fibre optic cable to Belgium followed by the first trans-Atlantic fibre crossing.  More recently he has been a consulting engineer working on particularly deep cable repairs including one at 9200m water depth.


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18:30 Light Refreshments
19:00 Lecture Starts
20:30 Close

Continuing Professional Development

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Free of charge.

Additional information

The general public are welcome to attend this event.
Due to copyright restrictions no photos or videos are to be made of the images used in the talk.

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