SPE Online Education
Autonomy Comes From The Street To The Field
Recorded On: 09/26/2017
While you hear about reports and news articles on self-driving cars, trucks and even ships, Autonomy has been accepted use in the deep-water Oil and Gas industry since 2001 in Unmanned AUVs. Their primary use has been in deep-water geophysical surveys and site classifications in support of subsea installations and pipelines. Today, with advances in sensors and autonomy, they are now ready to move into the infield inspection realm and the needs to support IRM and regulatory requirements. This will bring along many of the cost savings that have been associated with their use on the survey side. Oceaneering has just completed a 2 year development and upgrades of its fleet of AUV’s to bring Visual, Laser and Cathodic Protection inspections into the market based on work done on its bespoke Autonomy controller and qualification of the technology during this development project.
Sr. Manager, Technology and Development, Oceaneering Survey Services
Mr. Cheramie is the Senior Manager for Technology and Development with Oceaneering Survey Services in Lafayette, LA. He has a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Math. His career started with with C&C Technologies in 1996 where he was in charge of Systems Development from 2002 until the acquisition of C&C in 2015 by Oceaneering. Jami has been working with Unmanned and AUV technology along with their evolution and growth since development programs in the mid 90’s and into the commercial line of C-Surveyor AUVs in the 2000’s. To date, that work has included the addition of new sensors and the development of techniques to extend the use of AUVs from the being the default tool for deep water geophysical/geohazard surveys into the inspection realm.
Dr. Nash is Director of Innovation and Emerging Science at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). In addition to a background in geology and programs / business development, Nash has developed numerous online and face-to-face educational courses and programs.