Tools for SubSea Success

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Tools for SubSea Success

Postby scott_bentley » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:13 am

Tools for SubSea Success

Don Draper, ROV Operations Manager, T&T Marine

Just as any craftsman possesses a variety of tools in their toolbox, the ROV pilot/technician has many options in their "toolbox". The secret is to determine the appropriate tools for the task at hand. Logistics, desired outcome, surface and subsea condition all must be taken into consideration.

This presentation describes the use of a variety of observation class ROVs and accessories to achieve successful outcomes on two separate projects. The first project was the removal of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. During this project a large ROV breaks down, and a microROV stepped in to complete the oil rig leg removal. The second project was the survey, refloating, and back to service inspection of a grounded 500' container ship in the Bahamas. During the presentation video from the operations will be shown to illustrate the techniques used.
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Postby scott_bentley » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:42 pm

Don was the first student at Divers Academy International in 1977. Over the next 10 years Don participated in various forms of salvage and ship husbandry from Maine to Florida both as a commercial diver and a supervisor. A chance meeting introduced Don to Marine Surveying in South Florida. Don worked as a marine surveyor throughout Florida conducting sea trials, insurance inspections, and loss investigations. This continued until Hurricane Andrew ripped into South Florida changing everything.

Don relocated to Central Florida and began attending the University of Central Florida, UCF. During the first year Don founded UCF's academic/marine technology training program as part of his undergraduate degree program. After receiving his bachelors degree Don continued to work for the university while attending graduate school. During this same time he began teaching science (environmental, biological, and physical) in the public sector. Don completed his administrative master's degree in 2000.

Soon after he began operating inspection class ROVs. This led to Don becoming the technology coordinator for Robotics and Simulation at the Advanced Technology Center in Daytona Beach. At the same time Don began advanced graduate work at Nova Oceanographic Center conducting research utilizing sonar systems on inspection class ROVs.

Don continued to operate ROVs in the private sector for several years eventually leading to his present position as ROV operations manager for T&T Marine. He has participated in ROV projects throughout the world including the Philippines, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. His future interests include immerging green technologies in the marine industry and doctorate work in environmental policy.

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