Christoph Waldmann, Chair of the Standing Committee on Standards(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stephen M. Holt, Standing Committee on Standards(email@example.com)
Standards are challenging engineers in different disciplines. They feel caught up in a net of regulations that limit their creativeness. It is not so much though in the discipline of ocean engineering, which probably makes it an attractive field for young engineers, who have many innovative aspirations.
Alternatively, is it possible that standards are paving the way towards advancing successful technical developments that are accepted by potential users? Therefore, after a detailed discussion within the OES Standards Committee itself, and by conducting several inquiries with additional experts, both the OES President and the OES Standards Committee Chair, have decided to seek accreditation from the IEEE Standards Association in order to initiate development of new standards.
The IEEE scheme for the lifecycle of a standard
The topics that shall be addressed represent a broad scope of interest starting from underwater connectors for powering ocean going equipment, monitoring the distribution of marine debris, removal of CO2 from ocean waters, as well as developing a Digital Twins process applicable to the world oceans. Note that a Digital Twin is a virtual representation synchronized with physical things, people, or processes. These are rather huge challenges, and the OES Standards Committee on Standards can only be successful if our members are offering their support.
Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to ask all members of OES to consider participating in the truly exciting activities that are ahead of us.