The Hydrographic Society of America - Houston Chapter's April Technical Meeting
Location: Craft Republic - 11470 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Speaker: IxBlue - Euan MacKay
Topic: “ DriX ”… a proven solution for offshore operations
Refreshments Sponsor: Still Open, Please contact Rachel.Cluthe@seatronics-group.com
DriX has been designed with the absence of Human factor as a fundamental, from launch and recovery to mission’s execution.
Fast, enduring, safe, high seas going and sea proven, it shows outstanding seakeeping capabilities and takes the industry of surface drones several steps further.
Designed and built by iXblue' shipyard, following the in-house surveyors’ teams’ requirements, Drix has been refined with iXblue's long-time international major partners in the fields of Geosciences and Offshore Energy.
Initially targeted at the civilian market, DriX has proved to be a real game changer and already conducted many successful operations ranging from subsea positioning to bathymetry missions. The Defense community identified DriX as a real asset which would bring added value on the battlefield while keeping crews out of harm’s way. Looking forward, iXblue continue to develop and expand the capabilities of USV`s for Offshore projects that require additional capacity.
About the Speaker : Euan A Mackay ( Business Development Manager - Oil & Gas North America ) with iXblue
Euan has been involved in the oil and gas industry for some 30 years having amassed a wealth of industry experience whilst working in a variety of different technical, operational and managerial positions.
After receiving his Higher National Certificate in Electrical & Electronic Engineering started his career as a Workshop Technician with Hydro Marine Systems in 1988. This role saw him being involved with the repair and maintenance of equipment such as the Hydro Products RCV 225 ROV systems, Wellhead TV camera systems and the Seaeye 600 ROV.
Moved onto Seaway Technology Ltd where he took up a role as an ROV/Survey Engineer where he worked on many of the now infamous “Scorpio” Work Class ROV Systems.
Concluded his offshore career when he secured the position of Product Manager with TSS UK LTD which would eventually become Teledyne TSS in 2008. Progressed to Head of Sales with responsibilities for promoting the entire TSS product portfolio across the North American Region.
Moved to SEATRONICS INC., (An Acteon Company) in 2010 as their Vice President of Sales with responsibility for the US region. Responsible for leading and managing the growth of the sales and rental business development operations in the America’s whilst acting as a key contributor to the development of the ROV product line and all related sensor technologies.
Joined iXblue in March 2019 as Business Development Manager - Oil & Gas North America. Responsible for supporting the growth of iXblue Inc., for civilian activities in USA, Canada and Mexico. Specifically focused on Inertial navigation, subsea positioning, underwater imaging, advanced USV and solution oriented technologies.