December 2019 OES Beacon

VPTA Report – Funding for Technical Activities

Malcolm Heron, OES Vice President for Technical Activities

At each OCEANS event (twice a year) we hold a meeting for Technology Committee chairs, and another for Chapter Chairs.  Of course we do not expect that the team of chairs (I do not know the collective term for chairs) to be at every OCEANS, so we make the invitations wide to include folk who can deputise for the chair – or indeed anyone who wants to see what is going on.  At the TCC meeting in Seattle we discussed the proposal to create a web page for each TC.  Go to activities/technology committee/ to see the existing page links from the Autonomous Maritime Systems TC, the Polar Oceans TC, and the Standards TC.  The idea is two-fold. One aspect is to have a list of the executive group for the TC on the web site.  This will be the reference group for the chair of the TC and will make succession planning easier.  The second aspect is to have a place to record events led by the TC and to promote future events.  Workshops and symposia run by the TCs is a major growth area for OES.  You can see some of the results of this in the section in this issue of Beacon for Technology Committee activities.

The next thing on the job-list for Shyam (TC Coordinator) and yours truly, is to encourage OES members to affiliate with one or more of the TCs.  If you want to be a part of these activities please contact the relevant Technology Committee Chair, or Shyam.

The ball is at your feet …