5 QUESTIONS WITH DAVID KIDDOO: Talking Submarine Cable Industry with IWCS’s CEO/Director
September 18, 2023
David B. Kiddoo is the CEO/Director of IWCS, Inc. IWCS provides a forum for the exchange of information among cable & connectivity suppliers, manufacturers, and users on advancements in materials, processes, and products for transmission systems of voice, data, video signal, and electrical current.
David is also the Executive Director of the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA). CCCA is a non-profit association comprised of leading manufacturers, distributors, and material suppliers. The organization is a major resource for well-researched, fact-based information on the technologies and issues vital to the structured cabling industry.
Prior to his current assignments, David spent over 20 years as the Global Business Manager for Wire and Cable insulation and sheathing products at AlphaGary Corporation. He also had 11 years of wire & cable experience with the Du Pont Company.
1. WHO IS IWCS AND WHAT IS THE ASSOCIATION’S MISSION?
IWCS is a not-for-profit organization that has hosted the premier event for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes, and applications for the past 71 years. The Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum is the leading worldwide event to explore topical issues, learn about new technologies, and network with colleagues from the communications, data, electronics, power, industrial, automotive, and aerospace industries. In addition to the Forum, IWCS is committed to industry professionals and scholars by hosting professional development courses, educational webinars, publishing research, and awarding scholarships.
2. HOW DOES IWCS PARTICIPATE IN THE SUBMARINE CABLE MARKET?
Technological advancements related to submarine cables are critical to connecting our global communities as well as renewable offshore wind power. With that in mind, IWCS encourages industry professionals and academic researchers to submit technical papers to be considered for its annual Technical Symposium. The Call for Papers for the 2024 IWCS Forum will open soon, with information available on the website at iwcs.org/present.
3. ARE ADVANCEMENTS IN SUBMARINE CABLE DESIGN OR APPLICATIONS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FOR THE UPCOMING IWCS FORUM?
The 72nd annual IWCS Forum, taking place September 17–20, 2023 in Orlando, Florida USA features several presentations directly related to submarine cable developments. Examples of subsea-related presentations from the 2023 IWCS Technical Symposium include:
- “Development of 22.9Kv Submarine Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Power Cable” presented by Sangmin Oh, Gaon Cable Co. Ltd.
- “35 Years of Fiberoptic Coastal Installations In Norway” presented by Svend Hopland, Hopland MarinInstal
- “Sea Trial Results of OCC-SC630” presented by Hirose Tadafumi, OCC Corporation
Additionally, Prysmian Powerlink is participating in one of the three topical panel discussions featured at the IWCS Forum with a presentation on offshore energy. The “Renewable/Offshore Energy” session will focus on current cable transmission system developments, which are facilitating the transition to green energy. The panelists will provide an overview of the current market, various projects, an update on the progress of standards, and key challenges in offshore wind farm applications. It will also cover the cable systems involved in bringing this energy to communities.
To read the complete article, check out Issue 132 of the SubTel Forum Magazine here