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Vasilis Mentogiannis, born in Athens in 1973, studied Mechanical Engineering at Technological Educational Institution of Athens. Since 2005, he is owner and technical director of UFR team, specialized as a commercial diver, in underwater services and documentation, such as inspections, filming, concrete laying, anchorages installations, underwater welding and excavations, quays empowering, underwater photogrammetry and mapping, geophysical surveys covering a wide range of projects from marine construction industry to maritime cultural heritage. Among his main interests is the direction of historical and archaeological documentaries, some of which are awarded at international film festivals, as well as the writing and publishing of scientific articles connected to cultural heritage surveys and marine life. He lives in Athens, he is married and has 2 children.



Name

Vasilis Mentogiannis

Contact

2-4, Aitolias str. GR-153 44 Gerakas, Αthens

Tel/Fax: +30 210 9588774, +30 210 6618897, Mob.: +30 6944 343998

Email: info@ufr-team.com Website: www.ufr-team.com

Date of Birth

November 8, 1973

Place of Birth

Athens, Greece

Military Service

Greek Special Forces (1992-1993)

Profession

Commercial Diver – Underwater Documentation

Marital Status

Married, 2 children

 

 [ EDUCATION ]

ü  25th High School of Athens (1989)

ü  Technological Educational Institution of Athens. Mechanical Engineering (1992)

ü  National Educational Program on computer science (Unix, Oracle, Fortran, GW-Basic, 1992)

ü  Commercial Diver (Licensed by Ministry of Mercantile Marine, Aegean and Island Policy, 2005)

ü  Diving Workshop License (Licensed by Ministry of Mercantile Marine, Aegean and Island Policy, 2009)

ü  High speed crafts (2001) and Sailing boats (2000) operator licenses

 

 

 [ WORKING EXPERIENCE ]

  • Commercial Diving

Technical Diving with the use of enriched air (Nitrox, Trimix), decompression chamber, full-face masks with intercommunication and direct image transmission systems etc.

  • Port constructions & repairs

Underwater services such as inspections, filming, concrete laying, anchorages installations, quays empowering and mapping at the ports of Paros, Kalymnos, Lipsi, Kasos, Patmos, Symi, Poros, Rhodes, Kalamata, Piraeus, Samos, Ikaria, Chios, Andros, Tinos, Lesvos, Leros, Attica, Syros, Patra, Hydra, Herakleion.

 

  • Underwater pipelines installation & construction

Detailed inspection, installation, filming, orthophoto mapping, raisings, replacements and repairing of Pipes at Crete, Euboea.

  • Underwater cables installation & construction

Detailed inspection, installation, filming, orthophoto mapping, raisings, replacements and repairing of Pipes at Symi (repair of the fiber cable of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.), Naxos (fiber cable installation for Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.)

  • Underwater thickness ultrasonic measurements
  • Anodes welding, Underwater excavations with the use of Airlift, Hydrolift & Hydrojet
  • Underwater magnetic prospecting of seabed and penetration trenches in Samos, Sounio
  • Recording seabed and Posidonia, taking multiparameter measurements (e.g. Ph, turbidity etc), methane samples collection

§  Raising of shipwrecks

Aircraft wreck of WWII at Leros, Shipwreck at Pithagorio, Samos, Part of the historic steamship “Patris”, Kea

§  Underwater Documentation

Underwater photography, photomosaicking, photogrammetry, filming, mapping

§  Geophysical Surveys (in collaboration with the Department of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography, University of Patras)

Recording marine ecotopes at Gyaros island (European project “CYCLADES LIFE”), Survey of the sea-bottom along the coastline of Salamina island, Geophysical survey at Kefalonia island and Nardo, Italy (European program “Interdisciplinary Aquaria for the Promotion of Environment and History”), Geophysical survey for the documentation of major seabed habitats and historic 18 ct. shipwrecks at Paros island, Survey at the seabed of Leros for the documentation of the ruins from the battle of Leros

  • Underwater Archaeology

Surveying, filming, recording, documentation, photography, excavation and mapping at numerous archaeological projects in Eastern Mediterranean area (South Euboean Gulf, Fourni islands Ikaria, Alexandria Egypt, Makronisos, Poros, Leros, Rhodes, Argolic Gulf, Pagasitikos Gulf, Sporades, Crete etc)

  • LINCOLN Project

Project manager of SuperToys Ltd. for the EU Horizon research program, focused on the innovative design methodologies and tools for the development of three types of completely new vessels concepts through dynamic simulation model testing in the maritime sector. Development of an Emergency Response and Recovery Vessels series for Coastal Rescue activities

 

  • UAV mapping

 

Aerial photography and video with the use of UAV and production of orthophotomosaics and 3D models for the documentation of the working progress at Hellas Gold mines at Chalkidiki

 

  • Bathymetric mapping

 

Creation of bathymetric maps with the use of single beam sonar

 

 

 [ DOCUMENTARIES ]

ü  “PATRIS Lost in 1868” (2010) about the historic steamship “Patris” that sunk in 1868. Awarded as best documentary at the International Film/ Video Festival Oregon of USA, 2010

ü  "Leros... Malta of Aegean Sea" (2008)

ü  "HMS Perseus Submarine" (2015)

ü  "SS ARDENA: THE UNDERWATER GRAVE OF THE ITALIAN AQUI INFANTRY DIVISION" (2015)

ü  "Kassandra Mines" (2014)

ü  “35 Years of Underwater Investigation” (2011)

ü  “The Antikythera Shipwreck: the ship-the treasures-the mechanism” for the exhibition of National Archaeological Museum of Greece (2012)

ü  Short documentary for the underwater archaeological research at the ancient harbour of Pireaus (Zea Harbour Project, 2012)

ü  "…4.000 years after…" short documentary for the first Minoan shipwreck ever found near the small island of Psira (2005)

ü  "Stratoni Hippocampus" (2017)

 

 

ü  Aigileia-Shipwreck VI” (2012) for the preliminary underwater survey on a wreck of the Later Helladic Period, on the Island of Styra, South Euboean Gulf

[ COLLABORATIONS ]

  • Hellenic Institute of Maritime Archaeology (H.I.M.A.)
  • Hellenic Institute of Ancient & Mediaeval Alexandrian Studies
  • Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (E.U.A.), Ministry of Culture
  • Department of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography, University of Patras
  • Hellenic Centre For Marine Research
  • Hellenic Air Force
  • Hellenic Navy
  • Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis
  • PADI Italy

[ PUBLICATIONS ]

  • “52 DAYS, 1943”, a photographic, historic album for the story of the legendary Hellenic Naval ship «Queen Olga» and the Battle of Leros
  • “Hellas of the Sea” the relationship between Hellenic people and the Sea
  • “Planet Earth, The Abyss” a photographic album of underwater images from around the world
  • “Wrecks and the Sea floor; The Unknown Treasures of the Sea” A photographic album of underwater images from ancient and modern wrecks from all over Greece
  • “An Unbelievable Story, an Unbelievable Tragedy...” The Oria wreck was the third biggest maritime tragedy in the world
  • “Silent Death” the story of the British aircraft of WWII “Bristol Beaufighter
  • “Over the Northern eye. A Junkers-88 at the lighthouse of PsathouraGeraga, M., Katsou, E., Christodoulou, D., Iatrou, M., Kordella, S., Papatheodorou, G., Mentogiannis, V., Kouvas, K. and Center, G.H.D., Mapping Natural and Cultural Marine Heritage Sites in Leros Island Greece.
  • Numerous articles concerning scuba diving, diving equipment, marine life, shipwrecks etc. at magazines such as National Geographic, Epsilon, Georama, Tachydromos, Thalassa, Focus, Yachting, Nautical, Diver, Explore Nature etc.

[ MEMBER OF ]

  • Hellenic Institute of Maritime Archaeology (H.I.M.A.)
  • Hellenic Institute of Ancient & Mediaeval Alexandrian Studies
  • Institute for Mediterranean Studies
  • Hellenic scientific committee of CMAS federation

[ LANGUAGES ]

Greek                      Native

English  Fluent

[ COMPUTER SKILLS ]

Microsoft Office, GPS Navigation Systems, Adobe Photoshop, Agisoft Photoscan, Pix4D, Corel Studio Video Pro, Diving Software

[ ADDITIONAL INFO ]

  • Diving License A’ (CMAS, 1990)
  • Diving License B’ (CMAS, 1999)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver (PADI, 1998)
  • Enriched Air Diver, NITROX (PADI, 2006)
  • TECHNICAL DIVER, Higher than EN14153-2/ISO 24801-2 "Autonomous Diver" (2008)
  • TRIMIX DIVER, Higher than EN14153-2/ISO 24801-2 "Autonomous Diver" (2008)

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