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Pushing Forward - A New Path In Skills Development

Webinars 05 October 2022

TWI Webinar: Pushing Forward -A New Path In Skills Development

To meet requirements to enhance workforce skills, TWI is creating distance learning and training environments that are available on demand, are accessed remotely, and connect to a wide range of robotically enabled learning scenarios.

The long-term goal of this development work is to enable personnel around the world to remotely access physical facilities using a combination of telepresence and robotic manipulators, allowing them to take advantage of expensive infrastructure for training tasks without the need to physically travel to a site.

In addition to the learning potential offered by these remotely-accessed systems, the advanced development of telepresence tools offers the expansion of remotely operated robotic inspection capabilities. This would allow for inspections to safely take place in hazardous environments or where an inspector may not be able to attend a site in person. 


John O'Brien - Senior Consultant on Strategy and Technology

John O'Brien

Senior Consultant on Strategy and Technology
itcSkills LLC

 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.

Alexander Tsougranis - Programme Manager – Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Alexander Tsougranis

Programme Manager – Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Alex has been involved in a wide range of NDT related roles including NDT equipment sales representative, inspection, consultancy, training and certification.

He is Level 3 qualified in various NDT methods and in the last ten years, he has delivered training in several countries for different certification bodies.

He is now leading the NDT training programme and works towards maximising the value delivered to industry and individuals through uncompromised integrity and operational innovation.

Mark Sutcliffe - Consultant, Software

Mark Sutcliffe

Consultant, Software

Consultant (software), responsible for the design, implementation and delivery of ultrasonic data acquisition and imaging software solutions. Algorithm development, Full Matrix Capture (FMC), machine learning and Virtual Source Aperture (VSA).

Abbas Mohimi - Head of Public Funding and Regional Engagement

Abbas Mohimi

Head of Public Funding and Regional Engagement

Abbas is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in technology and innovation projects, a degree in electrical and electronics engineering and a PhD in sensor development.

He was involved in TWI’s first Innovation Centre with Brunel University London and later led the technical programme management of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre, a £150m initiative based at TWI. In addition, he secured and managed a £2m initiative to deliver training to under-represented groups in India and South East Asia.

Abbas also leads TWI’s Technology Transfer team, and more recently established Innovation Centre partnerships addressing net zero challenges including industrial decarbonisation, the circular economy and digitalisation.

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