John O’Brien is a Senior Consultant on Strategy and Technology leading work related to the design, development, integration and deployment of non human support structures especially related to inspection, NDE and Asset Integrity Management. He is a board member at Subsea Institute in Houston. He is a long-standing member of ASNT and currently advises the board on new initiatives related to Advocacy and Artificial Intelligence. Key current work is in developing and supporting strategies for robotics, SMART Facilities, and data management from a ‘value creation’ and growth perspective. He advises a range of investors, financial institutions, government agencies as well as entrepreneurs and start up entities in these fields of expertise. John has more than 38 years industrial experience predominantly in the oil and gas sector but also with extensive time in shipping, nuclear facilities, and submarines. He has led extensive R&D portfolios of up to $300MM annual investment and overseen the successful commercialization of numerous technology developments especially in the area of NDT.
John has had a diverse global career working and living in more than 17 countries. In addition to working for and within multiple operating and service companies John has stepped out and established several successful technology and consulting companies. Several technologies now standard in the asset integrity sector were launched and established by John. In addition to holding roles addressing R&D he has held senior management positions in Project Management, Refining & Offshore Operations as well as Business Transformation. John was one of the five thought leaders behind the establishment of SPRINT Robotics.