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Project Title: Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

PIN: TRB-SASP-13-06        

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Studies and Special Programs Division

RSO:

Hutchins, Mark

Subject/Focus Area:  Engineering and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure


Committee Membership
Date Posted:   02/27/2015


Mr. Richard Sears - (Chair)
Stanford University

Richard A. Sears is a consulting professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, where he develops and teaches courses in energy systems, economics, and oil and gas exploration technology. Mr. Sears was appointed as a member of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESAC) for the United States Department of the Interior in 2011.

He previously served as a member on the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Options for Implementing the Requirement of Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. He also served as chief science and technology advisor to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling that was established by President Obama with an Executive Order in May 2010.
Mr. Sears had a 33 year with Shell Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell, where he acquired significant domestic and international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He held technical and managerial positions that included Exploration Geophysicist, Technical Instructor, Economist, Strategic Planner, and General Management. His managerial positions ranged from Exploration and Research to fully integrated Exploration and Production Business Management and his responsibilities have included business planning and forecasting, financial responsibility, and staff planning and development. Between 1999 and 2005, Mr. Sears was a Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell, where he was responsible for global Deepwater technical services.

Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Sears worked as the External Research Coordinator for the Shell Group and was appointed as a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was responsible for managing Shell’s energy research activities at MIT and other key U.S. universities and for integrating external research objectives with internal technology strategies. While at MIT, he was an active participant in the campus wide Energy Initiative, carried out applied research in energy systems, taught and contributed to courses in several departments at MIT, and served as a liaison between the MIT Energy Initiative and oil companies. Mr. Sears is the author of numerous external and internal publications, and received a B.S. degree in physics from Stanford University, and an M.S. degree in geophysics from Stanford University.

Mr. James S. Crompton
Reflections Data Consulting, LLC

James S. Crompton retired from Chevron in 2013 after more than 36 years of working in the field of information technology. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Reflections Data Consulting, LLC. Working as an independent consultant, Mr. Crompton is a Subject Matter Expert and Senior Architect for Noah Consulting, LLC where his work focuses on the area of data management of exploration and production functions and digital oil field programs. While at Chevron, and in collaboration with the Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies at University of Southern California, Crompton worked for over ten years to modernize the oil field using digital technologies. Crompton is a frequent speaker at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conferences on topics such as Digital/Intelligent Energy and the Data Foundation, and was a distinguished lecturer for the SPE in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of digital technology. In 2013, he coauthored the book “The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer.” In 1999, Crompton held the position of chair of the general committee of the Petroleum Industry Data Exchange (PIDX), the API electronic commerce subcommittee. Crompton has B.S. degree in Geophysical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Dr. James S. Dyer
The University of Texas at Austin

James S. Dyer holds the Fondren Centennial Chair in Business in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999, he received the College of Business Administration Foundation Advisory Council Award for Outstanding Research Contributions. He served as chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management for nine years (1988-97). He was the Philip J. Rust Visiting Professor of Business at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia in 1999. He is the former president of the Decision Analysis Society of the Operations Research Society of America (now INFORMS). He received the Frank P. Ramsey Award for outstanding career achievements from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS in 2002. He was named a fellow of INFORMS in 2006 and also received the Multiple Criteria Decision Making Society’s Edgeworth-Pareto Award in 2006. Dr. Dyer has consulted with a number of companies regarding the application of decision and risk analysis tools to a variety of practical problems, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the RAND Corporation, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Dyer has published three books and more than 60 articles on risk analysis and investment science. His recent articles focus on decision making including a multi-attribute utility analysis for the disposition of weapon-grade plutonium in the United States and Russia. He received a B.A. degree with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics with minors in mathematics and philosophy and a Ph.D. in business quantitative methods and management from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Paul S. Fischbeck
Carnegie Mellon University

Paul S. Fischbeck is a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation (CSIR), where he coordinates a diverse research group exploring all aspects of regulation from historical case studies to transmission-line siting to emissions-trading programs. Widely published, Dr. Fischbeck has served on a number of national research committees and review panels, including the NRC/TRB Committee on School Transportation Safety, the National Science Foundation's Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences (DRMS) Proposal Review Committee and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Proposal Review Committee, the NRC/TRB Committee on Evaluating Double Hull Tanker Design Alternatives, and the NRC/TRB Committee on Risk Assessment and Management of Marine Systems. His research involves normative and descriptive risk analysis, including development of a risk index to prioritize inspections of offshore oil production platforms, an engineering and economic policy analysis of air pollution from international shipping, a large-scale probabilistic risk assessment of the space shuttle's tile protection system, and a series of expert elicitations involving a variety of topics including environmental policy selection, travel risks, and food safety. He is co-founder of the Brownfield Center at Carnegie Mellon, an interdisciplinary research group investigating ways to improve industrial site reuse. He is involved with a number of professional research organizations including the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, the Military Operations Research Society, and the Society of Risk Analysis. He has chaired an NSF panel on Urban Interactions and currently serves on the EPA Science Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, an M.S. degree in operations research and management science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering/engineering management from Stanford University.

Dr. James H. Garrett, Jr.
Carnegie Mellon University

James H. Garrett, Jr. is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds the Thomas Lord Professorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to becoming Dean, Garrett was Head of Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from June 2006 to December 2012. He is a founding co-director of the Smart Infrastructure Institute (formerly the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator), a research center aimed at creating and evaluating sensing, data analytics and intelligent decision support for improving the construction, management and operation of infrastructure systems. Garrett also served as Co-Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering from 2008-2013. Garrett’s research and teaching interests are oriented toward applications of sensors and sensor systems to civil infrastructure condition assessment; application of data mining and machine learning techniques for infrastructure management problems in civil and environmental engineering; mobile hardware/software systems for field applications; representations and processing strategies to support the usage of engineering codes, standards, and specifications; knowledge-based decision support systems. Garrett has published his research in over 60 refereed journals, over 80 refereed conference papers, over 90 other conference papers and 10 sections or chapters in books or monographs.

Mr. N. Wayne Hale, Jr.
Special Aerospace Services, LLP

N. Wayne Hale, Jr. is the Director of Energy Services, Special Aerospace Services (SAS), LLP, of Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Hale provides services in technical consulting, technical analysis, expertise in remote monitoring and control organizations, technical seminars, and advising on organizational culture change. His clientele includes both upstream and midstream oil and gas, wind energy, aerospace, and other high reliability organizations concerned with safety, management, culture change, and operations in high risk environments. Mr. Hale was an instrumental part of the establishment of BP’s Houston Monitoring Center for offshore drilling in 2011. Mr. Hale retired from NASA after a 32 year career with the NASA JSC Mission Control Center. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Dr. Stig O. Johnsen
SINTEF

Stig O. Johnsen is a Senior Research Scientist within the Department of Technology and Society at SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) in Trondheim, Norway. His main research interests include offshore oil & gas safety, human factors in offshore oil and gas operations, technology management, computer strategy and management, systems design and engineering, resilience engineering, reliability technology, and risk and safety analysis. He received a B.A. degree from the University in Trondheim, a Master of Science degree in computer science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), a joint Master of Science degree in technology management from MIT and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Ph.D. in computer and information science from NTNU.

Mr. Morrison R. Plaisance
Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.

Morrison R. “Moe” Plaisance recently retired as Vice President, Governmental and Industry Affairs at Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., after more than forty-five years of drilling experience from hands-on supervisory experience drilling and pushing tools to senior management positions working with operators on planning and execution of drilling and completion programs. He has more than thirty-seven years of experience in floating drilling operations with semi submersibles and drillships in both the moored and dynamic positioning modes. He has been involved in drilling and subsea completion activities in water depths of over seven thousand feet, including work in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Australia, Canadian East Coast, U.S. East and West Coasts, Canadian Artic, Norway, New Zealand, Atlantic and Mediterranean Spain, Brazil, Egypt, Chile, Gabon, Tunisia, West Africa, and Somalia. He participated in the management of the deepest water depth Turnkey well drilled to date, 7,208 feet of water. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial Management and an A.S. Petroleum Engineering Technology from Nicholls State University.

Mr. Manuel Terranova
Peaxy, Inc.

Manuel Terranova is CEO and President of Peaxy, Inc --a highly distributed software-based file and data management solution-- designed for mid-tier and enterprise class customers as well as external cloud. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of Regional Operations and Global Sales for GE Oil and Gas' Drilling and Production Unit. From December 2007 through February 2010, he served as the head of Subsea Production Systems and Commercial Operations at GE Drilling and Production Systems. In the role, Mr. Terranova managed GE's subsea production equipment portfolio, including subsea trees and controls. From April 2006 through December 2007, Mr. Terranova served as GM of GE's PII Integrity Services. In the role, he served as the business leader for Integrity Engineering, Integrity Management, ThreatScan, and GIS software. From April 2002 through April 2006, Mr. Terranova served as the GM and CIO for Information Management at GE Oil & Gas. From May 2005 onwards, he worked extensively on company-wide due diligence and acquisition integration activities. From 1999 through March 2002, Mr. Terranova served as Manager of E-business Strategy for GE's Corporate Initiatives Group. During 2001 and 2002, he led GE's SupportCentral effort, a knowledge portal that he co-founded with two other GE employees. Before joining General Electric, Mr. Terranova served as Internet Program Manager of the Xerox Internet Channel and Marketing Group (ICM). Based out of Xerox PARC, he was responsible for designing and implementing e-business solutions for Xerox.com. He graduated from Cornell University with degrees in German literature and political science. At the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS), he obtained a master’s degree in international economics and international law.

Mr. Peter K. Velez
Peter Velez Engineering, LLC

Peter K. Velez is an independent consultant in the offshore oil and gas industry. Prior to his retirement in late 2012, he was global emergency response manager for Shell International Exploration and Production. Employed at Shell since 1975, his assignments included drilling engineer, civil engineer, division civil engineer, operations superintendent, production superintendent, manager production engineering – Gulf of Mexico, manager health, safety and environment – Gulf of Mexico, manager regulatory affairs, manager regulatory affairs and incident command for Shell U.S. and Americas, and global security manager. As the incident commander for Shell, he responded to major incidents in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore involving oil spills, hurricanes, fires and explosions, Y2K, and other events. He has received several external recognitions that include the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Meritorious Public Service Award and Medal (the highest award to a civilian), American Petroleum Institute (API) Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards, Offshore Operators Recognition Awards, and others. Mr. Velez was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the USCG National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, on which he served for 7 years, the last 4 years as the Chairperson. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Preservation Association (largest Oil Spill Response Organization in the U.S.). He was active in various trade association groups: served as Chair of the API Executive Committee on Drilling and Producing Operations, Chair of the API Executive Committee on Environmental Conservation, Chair of the Louisiana Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Committee, and others. He was a member of the API Standards Group, API Safety Committee, and chaired the API Committee that developed, with the Minerals Management Service, Recommended Practice 75 “Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations.” He received B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1975) degrees in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
11/6/2014: Committee membership changed with the resignation of Delores M. Etter
12/13/2014: Committee membership changed with the resignation of Paul M. Bommer

1/11/2015: Committee membership changed with the addition of Paul S. Fischbeck

2/26/2015: Committee membership changed with the addition of Morrison R. Plaisance

Statement of Committee Composition
Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Mr. Jim Crompton
In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.
We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established, its membership must include among others, individuals with extensive knowledge of and practical experience with the current use of real-time monitoring technologies in the oil and gas sector.
To meet the need for this knowledge and experience, Mr. Jim Crompton is proposed for appointment to the committee even though we have concluded that he has a conflict of interest because of his current position with a consulting firm with clients in the area of oil and gas industry and investments with a major oil and gas company that have a value in excess of $10,000.
Jim Crompton is the Managing Director of Reflections Data Consulting, LLC, is an independent consultant for Noah Consulting, LLC, and was a leader in Chevron’s effort to modernize the oil field using digital technologies—a project he worked on for over a decade in collaboration with the Center for Interactive Smart Oil Field at the University of Southern California. Mr. Crompton has extensive current practical expertise and experience with the use of real-time monitoring technologies in exploration and production operations. We believe that Mr. Crompton can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.
After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual with the equivalent combination of current practical experience with and specialized knowledge of real-time monitoring technologies as Mr. Crompton who does not have a similar conflict of interest. Therefore, we have concluded that this potential conflict is unavoidable.




Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Wayne Hale, Jr
In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.
We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established, its membership must include among others, individuals with extensive expertise and current practical experience with cutting-edge technology in remote monitoring and control operations in a variety of hazardous applications, including offshore oil and gas exploration and production.
To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Mr. Hale is proposed for appointment to the committee even though we have concluded that he has a conflict of interest because of his senior position with a consulting firm with clients in the energy sector.
Wayne Hale, Jr. has extensive expertise and experience with remote command and control operations and with safety, management, culture change, and operations in high risk environments based on his more than 32 year career with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and his current position as the Director of Energy Services, Special Aerospace Services, which provides expertise and technical consulting and analysis services related to remote monitoring and control operations.
We believe that Mr. Hale can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.
After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual with the equivalent combination of current practical experience and expertise in cutting-edge technology safety, management, and operations in high risk environments as does Mr. Hale who does not have a similar conflict of interest. Therefore, we have concluded that this potential conflict is unavoidable.