University of Victoria Submarine Racing Club – Getting Closer to Race Day!

Article by Eissa Ahmad updated June 1, 2018


As introduced in a previous blog post, Javelin’s Additive Solutions team is a proud Silver Sponsor of the University of Victoria Submarine Racing Club (UVSRC), providing them with funding to help develop their submarine. The UVSRC is run by students from both UVic and Camosun College.

The UVSRC has been hard at work over the last several months building the last their racing submarine and are hoping to get it in the water within the next few weeks for some initial testing. Components like the viewing dome, gear box, and steering controls are all very close to completion, with all sub-teams working together to ensure a seamless systems integration.

University of Victoria Submarine

University of Victoria Submarine Nose Cone

Some of the final steps in the manufacturing process include:

  • finalizing the safety release system
  • polishing and sanding the hull before second coat of paint
  • finishing touches on technical drawings
  • building and welding gearbox shafts
  • fine-tune buoyancy and stability calculations and foam placement after initial water test
University of Victoria Submarine

University of Victoria Submarine

Last month, the UVSRC attended Mari-Tech 2018, a conference run by the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE). Innovators from across Canada attend this event to bring forth their advancements and technological developments in the field. The UVSRC displayed their submarine to countless marine industry professionals, and proudly represented Babcock Canada!

We are all very proud of the UVSRC and can’t wait to see their first dive! We will keep our readers updated as the UVSRC approaches race day.

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Eissa Ahmad

Eissa is an Additive Manufacturing Intern Applications Engineer at Javelin Technologies. Studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Automation Engineering Technology at McMaster University.