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Technical Support Staff
Tony Tapp

Tony Tapp
BSc

School of Civil and Structural Engineering,
W14 Brunel Laboratories,
Plymouth Campus, Drake Circus,
Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1752 232539
Fax: +44 (0)1752 232627
e-mail:
atapp@plymouth.ac.uk or
tonytapp@hotmail.com

Introduction
Education:
1982 - 85: Plymouth Polytechnic. BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering.

1985 - 88: Department of Civil Engineering, Plymouth Polytechnic. Research Assistant. Project: "Investigation of laterally loaded fenestrated brickwork panels".

Employment:
1980 - 82: Technician, Construction Research Laboratory, Cement and Concrete Association, Slough.

1988 - present: Technician, then Senior Experimental Officer, now also part-time lecturer; School of Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Plymouth.

Teaching and Research
I am responsible for running the School's unique Diving and Underwater Technology modules, and I work closely with the University's Diving and Sailing Centre to ensure that our diving activities conform to HSE regulations. Plymouth is the only University in the UK which offers commercial diving training to undergraduate students; all diver training is carried out 'in-house' by University staff using our own equipment. I am qualified to HSE Part III and I also hold RYA certificates for Powerboat Instructor, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster (shorebased) and Sea Survival.

Click here to link to more information about studying Diving and Underwater Technology, here to see samples of course notes and tutorials and here for pictures of recent diving operations.

I also get involved in teaching some of the School's IT provision - in particular on the Stage 2 "Aspects of VR" module.

As a Senior Experimental Officer I work on many of the School's research and consultancy projects.

I have also received funding from the University's Student Centred Learning Initiative to develop innovative learning resources - click here to read a brief project report (in Adobe Acrobat pdf format).

Click to link to Adobe's Acrobat download site.

Other Activities
Many and varied, but including:
  • Providing the School's web pages - produced via a suite of Adobe tools (GoLive, Photoshop and Acrobat) running on Apple Mac systems. If you find any wow ! problems with this web site then please let me know so that I can try to put things right.
  • Photography - above and below water, stills and video, including a developing interest in VR and other new imaging technologies - click here for samples.
  • IT - including development of learning resources using tools such as Adobe Acrobat, Apple QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. Almost all of this work is carried out using Apple computers - an iMac DV, a PowerMac G4 and a recently acquired Powerbook G4 (the ultimate portable computer . . . probably) - which seem to be ideal for this type of work (ie they're very fast, very reliable and very easy to use).

  • Recreational diving - most recently in Turkey and the Southern Red Sea.
  • Climbing - I'm a lot out of practice, but I've been to the top of Europe (Mont Blanc) in the past.

Me on the summit of Mont Blanc - circa 1987ish.

Click on the image below to view a selection of my diving pictures.

Diving pictures. Click on image to go to index of pictures.

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