IMarEST On the Radar: Digitalisation in Subsea Operations & Marine Assets

Event Date:
Start at 11:00 AM
June 23, 2021

Join us for the first in a new series of events: IMarEST On The Radar, highlighting cutting-edge developments in the marine sector

Panellists will discuss the use of digital twins in the imminent transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Looking at the digitalisation of marine and subsea assets, experts will also examine the transfer of skills that will be required for this transition to take place, taking knowledge from the oil and gas sector into the green energy space.

The event will also include a presentation from DNV on the guidance it has issued to the oil and gas industry on digital twins (DNVGL-RP-A204: Qualification and assurance of digital twins).

The event will:

  • Investigate the additional skill sets required of subsea and marine technicians, engineers and asset managers to interpret this digital data in a real-time offshore asset.
  • Offer insight into available remote operations and subsea inspection technologies linked to digital technology
  • Understand the envisaged data work flow from the asset to the predictive digital model and 3D visualisation
  • Share guidance on effective data management and interpretation which can be shared with industry via the Cloud
  • Explore how these technologies can be used cost-effectively in transitioning sectors


Roland Rogers CSci CMarSci FIMarEST FSUT – Emeritus Fellow, NOC

Panel :

  • Charlie Reith – Director /Principal Consultant, SeaFlo Consultancy Ltd
  • Kaj Lagstrom FIMarEST – Principal Marine Consultant/ Technical Advisor, SeaFlo Consultancy Ltd
  • Kjell Eriksson – Vice President Digital Partnering, DNVGL
  • Peter Toxopeüs – Project Manager Fleet Sustainability, Fugro
  • John Butler CEng CMarEng FIMarEST – Director – Energy Transition & Sustainability, Transition Ignition Ltd
  • • Mitch Johnson – Program Manager – Shipboard Technical Services (STS), Oceaneering Projects Group

About the IMarEST On the Radar panel series

IMarEST On The Radar is a series of live 90 minute sessions highlighting cutting-edge developments in the marine sector. Experts within a specialist area will form a panel to discuss a technical issue or trend that is becoming increasingly important to the industry.

These event provide a unique opportunity to provide a vast audience of IMarEST members and the global public with an in-depth examination of some of the most exciting areas of progress in the marine world.

The series is open to IMarEST members and the public, and as an attendee you will be able to:

  • Watch live from desktop or mobile, and ask your questions to participants.
  • Join an optional post-event interactive networking session where you can meet other attendees.
  • Receive an IMarEST Certificate of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for attending.
  • Exclusive on demand access to the webinar for 1 month.
  • Recordings then remain available to IMarEST members only in IMarEST TV , with online and offline access via desktop and mobile apps. Membership of the IMarEST is open to all, whether you are a student, just starting out in your career, an experienced professional or just someone who is interested in marine engineering, science or technology or our work.

Meet our Panel:

Charles Reith – Operations Director/ Principal Consultant, SeaFlo

Charles has over 35 years experience in marine and subsea engineering. He started his career as a Marine Engineer with Texaco Overseas Tankships in the 70’s after gaining a BSc in Marine Engineering from StrathClyde University, with10 years service achieved as Chief Engineer (C.Eng.)

Charles founded SeaFlo Consultancy Ltd in 2010, working for a number of oil & gas operating entities and on international assignments. Since setting up a training services division of SeaFlo with CPD-accredited modular training via a partnership with SUT & the IMarEST; under a business licensing agreement with Canadian software company GRi Simulations, these training services are being further complimented by Digital Twin technologies qualified in accordance with DNV-RP-A 204.

Kaj Lagstrom FIMarEST – Marine Principal Consultant, SeaFlo Consultancy Ltd

Kaj is a qualified Naval Architect and Chartered Eng with the IMarEST and has extensive oil and gas industry experience, of which the latter 20 years is in project management. This has covered project delivery and installation management of new-build and converted FPSOs, tension leg platforms, semi-submersible production / drilling vessels, modules and subsea facilities. This has included supervision of engineering, planning, procurement, construction and offshore installation activities.

Peter Toxopeüs BEng – Project Manager Fleet Sustainability, Fugro

Peter Toxopeüs is a Senior Engineering Superintendent & Naval Architect. He is responsible for developing Fugro’s fleet sustainability roadmap. Both educated as Naval architect and Mechanical engineering, Peter is specialized in fit for purpose conceptual ship design and carbon reducing solutions.

Kjell Eriksson – President Digital Partnering, DNV

Kjell has more than 30 years of international experience from leadership, change management, innovation and digitalization in the oil, gas and energy sector. Kjell is currently Vice President for Digital Partnerships in DNV. He also holds the position as Chairman of the Faculty of Engineering at Norwegian University for Technology and Science ( He is responsible for establishing new partnerships and alliances to build new digital services and business models including responsibility for the new methodology for qualification of digital twins (DNVGL-RP-A204) jointly developed with TechnipFMC.

John Butler CEng CMarEng FIMarEST – Director – Energy Transition & Sustainability, Transition Ignition Ltd

John is a business manager with over 20 years’ experience in maritime, oil and gas and energy transition industries. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow and an Elected Council Member of the IMarEST. He has held numerous senior leadership roles within major onshore and offshore engineering companies. John is now Director of Energy Transition and Sustainability at Transition Ignition Ltd, where he support companies in technology development in the marine sector . John is also Chair of the Aberdeen Maritime Branch and in Ambassador for the Energy Institute Young Professionals Network where he supports the development of young professionals in the energy industry.

Mitch Johnson – Program Manager – Shipboard Technical Services (STS), Oceaneering Projects Group

Mitch Johnson currently serves as the Program Manager for Shipboard Technical Services. He has over 15 years in the maritime, inspection and maintenance industry. Mitch started out with navigating ships as a deck officer and moved into inspecting and building ships as a Class Inspector all over the world. This varied experience has enabled him to expand the inspection program at Oceaneering and offer a global niche service that meets customer needs.

Chair: Roland Rogers CSci CMarSci FIMarEST FSUT – Emeritus Fellow, NOC

Roland’s rich and varied career has seen him serve 20 years in the Royal Navy, ten years at QinetiQ as Principal Advisor on military marine science, and 10 years at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, as Advisor on Marine Law and Policy in the National Marine Facilities Department. During his time at NOC, Roland was also the NOC Operational Manager for the Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations programmes, as well as the NOC Defence Champion and Project Leader for two SBRI projects.

With 20 years’ experience of working in the marine autonomous systems domain, Roland remains a member of the UK Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group [UKMASRWG]. He also served as part of the UK Delegation to the UNESCO/IOC for 15 years with last 5 years undertaking the role of the Alternate Head of the delegation. Roland currently serves on the IMarEST Technical Leadership Board