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Technology in play, today
Myrtle Dawes is Chief Executive Officer (designate) of the Net Zero Technology Centre where she leads the development of technology for a net zero energy industry.
She is a non-executive board member of FirstGroup, non-executive board member of the Centre for Process Innovation, an advisory board member for the Association of Black and Minority Engineers and sits on the Technology Leadership Board.
A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Myrtle is an established leader with extensive experience in the energy sector both in the UK and overseas. Respected as a prominent voice on the energy transition, she began her career 30 years ago as an offshore engineer for BP, before delivering on leadership roles in engineering, project management, technology and digital transformation. Myrtle’s passion for innovation and technology galvanises her colleagues, government and industry to take action and push boundaries.
Myrtle holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Forward Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Managers.
In 2017, Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017. In 2021 she was recognised by TE:100 as one of the Women of the Energy Transition.
Myrtle has two children and in her spare time studies mathematics, is a keen cat lover, and gamer.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been working across the full spectrum of our technology developers to find innovative solutions that will help to accelerate technology in the fight against COVID-19.
From 3D printing of face visors through to pressure support packs for hospital supply systems – we’ve been bowled over the passion and determination to tackle one of the greatest challenges our society has faced.
However, this doesn’t come as a surprise to me. Since joining the OGTC, I’ve witnessed the incredible energy and drive behind a range of technologies that help our industry to fix today, maximise our potential and transform for the future. And fix today has never been more important than now.
Because this virus is likely to have an ongoing impact, the government has been clear that it won’t be ‘here today and gone tomorrow’. And that is why keeping our offshore workers safe by minimising the human element, is paramount.
Innovations such as predictive modelling and maintenance, robotics for offshore inspection and wearable technologies to minimise manning levels will be key to supporting this. We’ve already seen many of these through the work of the OGTC, including Total E&P and Taurob partnering to develop the world’s first autonomous offshore robot. Capable of reading dials, gauges, and valve positions, while navigating pathways and stairs, it has the potential to transform offshore inspection.
Innovations like these will also help us to increase efficiency and reduce cost, however there are also a number of simpler technologies already in play. Infinity’s low-cost actuator safety gauntlet – a simple ‘bullet proof bag’ – provides a replacement for valve actuators. This alone has the potential to reduce cost by a staggering 90% or £300 million to the UK industry. There’s also TRAC and ToolTech’s novel caisson and conductor inspection technology, which removes the need for divers, ROVs and support vessels and could cut costs by well over 75%.
These technologies are ready now and why over the coming weeks we’ll be shouting about them across our social media channels, blogs and news articles – keep your eyes peeled! Because in a world where technology is playing a key role in personally keeping us safe, healthy and secure – it can also play a role in doing the same for our oil and gas industry.
Please stay in touch and if there’s anything the OGTC can do to help you or your company, we’re just a phone call or email away.
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02 November 2021