At our March meeting, Richard Frisbie, Senior Vice President-Deepwater Technologies for Oceaneering International Inc., will speak on Advances in Subsea Oil and Gas Operations. Dick, a pioneer in the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for petroleum industry subsea applications, will bring us up to date on recent and unique forthcoming developments. Included will be the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), to be used for arctic work as well as for ultra deepwater fields and the resident ROV (RROV), which will be able to spend up to a year in-situ, supporting subsea processing facilities without the need for surface support. Both are part of the next generation of subsea work capabilities. He will also touch on some space based initiatives and will show a collection of outstanding subsea pictures of work at extreme water depths. You will not want to miss this.
In April, Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman Emeritus of Simmons & Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm, returns and will focus on the Ocean Energy Institute founded by Matt in 2007 and their vision/plans to develop offshore wind farms and convert the electricity into ammonia. The ammonia (NH3) can be directly used in internal combustion engines and produces a carbon free exhaust. In May, our speaker will be John Hofmiester, Founder and Chief Executive of Citizens for Affordable Energy, Washington, D.C., and former President of Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas.
Max Johnson, Membership Secretary, reports that all changes have been made in the Directory data and plans are to have the new Directory printed prior to the March 15, 2010 meeting. Please plan to be present at this meeting to pick up your copy.
We are still down in our paid membership count for the year. If you haven’t completed the data form or paid your dues, please do so. Come to the meeting and see some old friends while you renew your membership.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Come early, bring a guest and enjoy the fellowship, lunch and the program
Minutes of the March 15th meeting
Doc Stokley, President,
opened the meeting and welcomed all. He explained the change to a buffet and pointed out that there was extra help to assist anyone needing a little help in carrying their food back to the table. He reminded the attendees of the “red bowls” and informed the speaker that our procedure was to donate the collected monies to the Houston Food Bank.
Ken Morris, Chaplain,
reported two deaths: Millard F. Clegg, retired Gas Engineering Advisor,
Exxon Production Research, died March 7, 2010 and Hershell H. Nixon, retired Senior Geologist, Getty Oil Company, died March 8, 2010. Ken then gave the invocation.
Preston Meeks, Vice President-Fellowship,
reported eleven guests: Pete Rowland and George Triebel, both retired from Chevron and both sponsored by Bob Scott; Jim Coapland, Lazaqarta, sponsored by Bob Atkinson; Corky Frank, retired Marathon, sponsored by Dan Moriarty; Bob Taylor, ExxonMobil and Max Rasquinha, Global Overseas Service, both sponsored by Lou Powers; Scott Reynolds, Andrew Trent and Graeme Reynolds, all three with Oceaneering International, Inc., and sponsored by Dick Frisbie, our speaker, and the following who attended in response to the newspaper ad: Mark Demark, Alvin Community College and Bill Barrows Essar Engineering.
Max Johnson, Membership Secretary,
reported one new member, Brenda Banks, Financial Advisor, Merill- Lynch, nominated by Max Johnson.
Bob Scott, Program Advisor,
introduced our speaker Richard Frisbie, Senior Vice President-Deepwater Technologies for Oceaneering International, Inc. Dick gave a very interesting update on the capabilities of the next generation of remotely operated vehicles for subsea work in ultra deepwater fields and for arctic work.
Bob Scott, Historian,