Deepsea Challenger – the Australian Story

On 26 March 2012, James Cameron piloted the submersible Deepsea Challenger 11 kilometres down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What few people realise is that Deepsea Challenger was built in Australia. 

Join us on 15 March for an exclusive dinner event at which Deepsea Challenger’s co-designer, builder and pilot Ron Allum will discuss the challenges he faced and the breakthroughs made over the seven year project. These include the design and build of the submersible’s sphere; the development of the unique formula for syntactic foam, Isofloat®, which provided the flotation and formed Deepsea Challenger's structural chassis; the pressure-balanced, fluid filled electronic systems and the many other innovations that kept the vehicle's weight to a minimum whilst maximising its ability to take samples and record images at the deepest known point on the planet.

Allum will also shed light on the eclectic and innovative world of submersible design and operation. He will discuss how the lessons he has learnt can be applied in the broader realm of 21st century subsea operations, where vehicles perform increasingly sophisticated tasks in deeper, more challenging environments. These lessons are particularly relevant for Australia, a continent surrounded by some of the deepest waters in the world.

This promises to be an informative and intriguing exploration, not only of the ocean's depths, but also of Australian engineering ingenuity - don't miss it!


Event details

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 for two courses and wines


NB This event is open to members and their guests.