Peter Wallace will give a Technical Presentation on methods of solving Large Unstructured Problems. eg. The nature of shipping and offshore energy and the nature of trade could radically change over the course of 20-30 years. Technology, industry structure and ways of working would be just as different.
Major incumbents in ship usage, operations and various support webs may be completely different than the ones of today; most likely a mix of existing companies that adapt and drive the change and newcomers that drive change. This notion is supported by major changes such as electrification in the late 19th/early 20th Century where the successful companies redesigned the manufacturing process instead of merely replacing existing drives with electric drives and the introduction of containerization in the 1950s where many premier shipping companies failed because they failed to recognize or adapt to the way containerization fundamentally reshaped part of the shipping industry. Similarly, the nature of offshore energy, whether oil, gas, or renewables will change radically.
The IMarEST can play a role in shaping the change in the nature of shipping to make for better outcomes in safety, environment, and effectiveness.
The IMarEST Gulf Coast Branch would like to solicit its membership and guests to help create and develop ideas that can be used to promote better outcomes both locally and within the industry at large. There are a number of ways that this can be done, such as working with the IMarEST SIGs, developing branch specific activities, or doing something completely new.
Peter Wallace, Marine Project Manager at SeaOne Caribbean, has worked predominantly with internationally trading crude oil vessels in a range of areas including class society rule development, basic and transitional design, technical ship management, new construction, assurance, technical risk, and technology development. He is vice chairman of SNAME’s Panel O-36 Maritime Economics, a member of the executive committee of IMarEST in Houston, a member of the leadership team of the Invention-Energy Manufacturing Forum, and a member of corporation at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Attendance: Open to all IMarEST members, their guests, non-members and students.