Who are you and how did you become interested in this technology?
I had a 30 year career as an engineer of which 20 years was when the company I was part of was owned by Kvaerner, Aker, Aker Solutions and then Kvaerner again. Since then and for the last 3 years I have been part of NERA who are an industry growth centre in Australia.
What are you doing at work?
My day to day job involves a lot of interaction across the entire value chain, working with everyone from the operators, tier 1 service suppliers and internationals, small and medium sized businesses, start ups, scale ups, universities, government and pretty much anyone else who we can bring together. Much of our work is in building a more open sense of community within the industry and making connections to facilitate the development and deployment of new ideas and building additional capability.
Why is it exciting?
The excitement, for me, is the opportunities these challenges bring. Solving them will help to improve so many aspects of our lives.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
One of the biggest right now is the tension between the broad society’s desire toward energy sustainability and emissions, the pace of development of technologies and the need to maintain or improve our lifestyles which we change.
Your own favourite projects?
I try not to have favourites from the portfolio of projects we support. Outside of my day job my personal passion area is the understanding of how humans interact in big virtual teams, that was the subject of my PhD.
Your other favourite examples, internationally and nationally?
We are very excited to be working with a couple of new, emerging clusters, most particularly SICA (Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia) and AOEG (the Australian Ocean Energy Group). We are looking to the rest of the world for models of successful clusters and the Norwegian experience has been incredibly useful in this.
What do we do particularly well in Norway of this?
In Norway, looking in from the outside, it has been to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by commercialising the nations natural resources and to use the opportunity afforded by them to build an industrial ecosystem that is technologically leading and will out live the need for the natural resources.
Most important takeaway from our conversation?
All our big challenges will need global collaboration to solve.