Student Webinar Series

Episode 1

Remote Operations - Reimagine the Offshore Work Environment through High Speed Communications

October 29, 2020

7pm CST
(Houston time)

90 Minutes


Oceaneering is the largest provider of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in the offshore energy industry. These vehicles are underwater robots that serve as eyes, hands, and ears, in water depths and conditions where we cannot send human divers. ROVs are operated by human pilots through a fiber electric umbilical. These pilots can be sitting on a vessel or a drilling rig to control the ROV. Globally, Oceaneering operates ROVs in 100 countries each year.

Oceaneering is looking to change the way ROVs are currently operated. Instead of a pilot sitting on an offshore vessel or drilling rig, we are seeking to move that pilot to a secure onshore location. This pilot can be stationed in a different country and even on the other side of the globe and still maintain control of the ROV.

Oceaneering’s Remote Operations Group (ROG) is enabling complicated offshore tasks to be performed from Onshore Remote Operations Centers (OROCs) or anywhere with an internet connection.

  • What technical challenges exist to performing these tasks on a global basis?
  • What does this mean for operations in remote locations considering the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How can this impact the carbon footprint of offshore operations?


Nick Rouge, SSR Product Manager

Nick Rouge
Subsea Robotics Product Manager

In his role as Subsea Robotics Product Manager for Oceaneering, Nick is responsible for commercializing remote piloting in the Gulf of Mexico. Nick’s prior experience includes design engineering, installation engineering, systems engineering, project management, and customer service for multiple projects and customers in the Gulf of Mexico and in West Africa. Before joining Oceaneering, Nick previously served as a project engineer, an installation engineer and later a customer service manager at TechnipFMC. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, and is pursuing a Master of Science in subsea engineering from the University of Houston.

TJ Headshot

TJ Gallagher
Business Development Manager

TJ joined Oceaneering’s Global Data Solutions team, now part of our Integrity Management and Digital Solutions (IMDS) group, in 2017. He serves as Business Development Manager for our Remote Operations Group, responsible for commercializing Oceaneering’s vision for offshore remote operations. Before Oceaneering, TJ served four years in the United States Marine Corps, where he supported satellite communication networks in Iraq. Following his military service, TJ became a field technician, network operations center technician, and later junior sales rep with CapRock Communications, where he specialized in VSAT antenna systems and supported Energy and Maritime clients remotely. He also served as an account manager for ITC Global. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of St. Thomas in Houston.

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Company page Since our founding in the early 1960s, Oceaneering has expanded and grown globally to service several industries such as the offshore energy industry, defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries. In 1964, Mike Hughes and Johnny Johnson formed a Gulf of Mexico diving company called World Wide Divers. The company grew in response to increasing demand for their services and in 1969 merged with two other diving companies to form Oceaneering International, Inc. To solve the toughest challenges, we do things differently, creatively, and smarter. As your trusted partner, our unmatched experience and truly innovative portfolio of technologies and solutions give us the flexibility to adapt and evolve, regardless of market conditions. Our mission is to solve the unsolvable. We thrive by creating industry-changing technically creative solutions for the most complex operational challenges under water, on land, and in space. Our five core values establish a common culture and demonstrate what is most important for us as a company. Since the beginning, the company has transformed from a small regional diving company into a global provider of engineered products and services. Today, we develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also serve the aerospace, defense, and theme park industries. Underpinning everything we do, safety is not only the foundation of our core values, but it is vital to our unmatched performance record and company culture. The industries we serve are as diverse as they are complex. Whether we are engineering deepwater umbilicals or developing robotics for aerospace applications, the safety and health of our employees, vendors, and customers is an integral part of our day-to-day business. If we are working, then our responsibility is to be working safely. Since our inception in 1964, we have placed a high value on employee safety—from diving services and subsea inspection to vessel-based installation operations. We have and will continue to evolve not only our health, safety, and environmental (HSE) processes, but those of the industries in which we work. Although we have been fatality-free since 1999, our HSE journey goes beyond statistics. As our portfolio of services has grown, we have continued to prioritize and advance our approach to HSE.