17th International Conference on
Water Jetting
Advances and Future Needs

Mainz, Germany: 7- 9 September 2004


BHR Group's 17th International Conference on Water Jetting will be held in Mainz, Germany, September 2004. Now in its fourth decade, BHR Group's biennial Water Jetting Conference continues to bring together the world's leading specialists in Jetting technology. Since its first meeting in 1972, the Conference has led to the creation of a number of national meetings and associations to promote the applications of Jetting technology, and the 17th Conference and Exhibition remains a truly international meeting place for worldwide contributors.

With each Conference come new applications, new developments and improved equipment capabilities. The focus of the Conference is steadily changing to reflect the range of new industries adopting jetting techniques to solve production, maintenance and decommissioning problems. Beyond industry, the technology is helping to solve some of the world's environmental problems in cleaning and recycling applications and in many areas of decommissioning.

This conference provides the forum to present and discuss the many industrial applications of water jetting, the very latest in research and development, and the new issues and challenges for suppliers and users.

Who Should Attend
The following industries and organisations will find this conference particularly valuable: Armaments Contracting Construction Equipment manufacturers Government and public bodies Manufacturing Medical Mining and excavation Nuclear Petrochemical Precision machining/cutting Process Research and academia

Venue and Timing
The technical sessions will be held at the Hilton Mainz Hotel, Rheinstrabe 68, 55116 Mainz, Germany. Registration will take place in the hotel from 17.30 hrs - 18.30 hrs on 6 September and from 8.00am on 7 September 2004. The conference will open on the morning of Tuesday 7 September and will conclude after lunch on 9 September 2004. Refreshments and lunch will be served daily, in accordance with the conference programme. The Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 8 September - a ticket is included in the delegate fee, and additional guest tickets are available from the Organisers.

The language of both the Conference and the published Proceedings will be English.

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation in Mainz. However, an allocation of rooms has been reserved at a special discounted rate at -

The Hilton Mainz Hotel
Rheinstrabe 68
55116 Mainz
Tel +49 (0) 6131 2450 Fax +49 (0) 6131 245 781

Prices are from Euro 146 for a standard single room.

Please use the booking form for further details. Delegates should make their reservations directly to the hotel, quoting reference 'BHR Group", before Tuesday 13 July 2004. Any unconfirmed accommodation in our allocation will be released on 13 July for general sale - therefore we cannot guarantee availability or the discounted price after this date. All hotel bookings must be guaranteed by credit card.

Social Events
Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 8 September will be held at the Hilton Hotel. The dinner will be preceeded by a drinks reception on the terrace overlooking the river Rhine. A ticket to the dinner is included in the delegate fee, and additional guest tickets are available from the Organisers.

Opening Address
We have pleasure in announcing that the Opening Address to the conference will be given by Professor Hartmut Louis of the University of Hannover.

Site Visits
In conjunction with the Conference, industrial visits have kindly been offered by KMT Waterjet Systems, and Water Jet Sweden to their respective (production) operations in the area. There may be a nominal charge for the transport costs. These visits are subject to a maximum number of attendees. Delegates wishing to attend one of these visits should select their preferred choice and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. BHR Group will confirm that a place has been allocated with the acknowledgement of the registration form. Delegates will be subject to the host's health & safety requirements at each site.

There will be a tabletop exhibition alongside the conference. Exhibition stands will be limited and prospective exhibitors are strongly advised to register their interest with the organisers at the earliest opportunity. Exhibition Service A table-top exhibition is planned alongside the Conference. The Technical Committee will be inviting manufacturers of water jetting equipment who take an exhibition stand at the conference to give a short presentation to the delegates on "The Future of Water Jetting as we see it" at the end of the first day's technical sessions.The cost of each space is 1200.00 and includes:

  • One exhibition space (exhibition boards or additional equipment must be provided by the exhibitor)
  • Attendance at all Technical Sessions
  • Copy of the Proceedings
  • Lunch and refreshments daily
  • Attendance at the Conference Dinner.
  • Full address list of delegates after the Conference

Promotional Literature Service
There is an opportunity for companies to insert promotional literature in the delegate information packs at a cost of 400 + VAT. Material for insertion must be sent directly to the Hilton Mainz Hotel on or before 3 September 2004. A sample of literature must be sent when making your booking for this service.

Proceedings Publicity
Companies may also purchase a page of advertising in the book of proceedings. The cost of each page is 300 + VAT. The book is a bound volume, produced in Royal Octavo size. As well as being distributed to all attendees of the Conference, the proceedings are sold worldwide after the event. Copy must reach the Conference Organiser by 12 July 2004 to meet the publishing deadline.

Assisted Delegate Places
With its aim to spread knowledge to a wider audience, VLN Advanced Technologies Inc of Canada is generously offering financial sponsorship support for deserving candidates who would otherwise be unable to attend the Conference. If you feel you may be eligible and wish to apply for a sponsorship place, please contact the organisers for an application form

We would like to thank the Technical Advisory Committee, the panel of referees, the sponsors and cosponsoring organisations for their help and support.

Technical Advisory Committee
Mr N Allen, Water Jetting Association
Dr R J Fowell, University of Leeds
Mr C Gee, (chairman) Gee Graphite Limited
Dr Paul Lake, Rolls Royce plc
Mr P Longman, KMT Waterjet Systems

International Members
Prof R Ciccu, University of Cagliari Digita, Italy
Dr M Gadd, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Mr J Gardner, Boride Products, USA
Dr M Hashish, Flow International Corp, USA
Prof R Kobayashi, Ishinomaki Senshu University, Japan
Prof H Louis, University of Hannover, Germany
Prof K Raissi, ENSAM, France
Prof D A Summers, University of Missouri-Rolla, USA
Prof J Vasek, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic
Dr M M Vijay, VLN Advanced Technologies Inc, Canada
Dr T Yahiro, Tokyo Consultant Corporation, Japan

Best Paper Award
To reflect the innovative nature of the Technology and the importance of promoting successful developments and applications, Boride are pleased to continue their sponsorship of the Best Paper Award.

Sponsoring Organisations

  • KMT Waterjet Systems GmbH
  • Water Jet Sweden GmbH
  • Bohler Hochdrucktechnik GmbH
  • Ceratizit Luxembourg s.a.r.l.
  • Boride Products
  • VLN Advanced Technologies Inc
  • Water Jetting Association
  • International Society of Water Jet Technology (ISWJT)

Full details of the sponsoring organisations will be available at the conference.

BHR Group's Activities in Water Jetting
BHR Group's involvement in jetting began in 1972 with its first International Conference on this important technology. Since the early 1980's we have continued to investigate, research, develop and extend the capability of abrasive waterjet cutting processes - particularly for difficult, inaccessible and remote operations.

Particular emphasis has been placed on directly injected, abrasive suspension jet development, of which DIAJET is the prime example. BHR Group's Jetting Technology Centre team comprises of specialists working on a range of problems from underwater cutting to fine high beam precision machining of difficult materials and explosives decommissioning. Services to clients range from cutting trials to consultancy, research, and equipment supply. Complete cutting systems are developed and supplied for specific applications, along with technical support, training and back-up services.

About BHR Group
BHR Group is an independent Contract Research and Technology organisation. Our services to industry are based around our core skills in Fluid Engineering and include contract research and development, consultancy, software design and development, product development, conferences, seminars and specialist training.

Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.bhrgroup.com

The papers from the Conference will be professionally published as a bound volume, and will include a CD. They will be on sale from BHR Group once the Conference has closed. The proceedings are included as part of the delegate fee. To purchase additional copies, please contact Mrs Marian Rolfe at the BHR Group address.

More Information
For further details about the Conference, please contact:
Mrs Babs Astle, Conference Organiser
BHR Group Limited
The Fluid Engineering Centre
Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0AJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750422 Fax: +44 (0) 1234 750074

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