Schilling Robotics, a leading producer of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), has hired two new project managers, Christopher Legg and Adrian DeGroot. As new members of Schilling’s growing program management team, they will help maintain the company’s goals of quality, on-schedule performance, and customer satisfaction.
Legg joins Schilling from Canyon Offshore Inc. where, as project manager, he directed offshore production and construction projects for a wide range of subsea engineering groups including Shell Offshore, BP Amoco, Kerr McGee, and others. His responsibilities included developing and testing specific tooling for offshore subsea programs.
During his time at Canyon Offshore, Legg worked with Schilling Robotics on the QUEST ROV development program, where he participated in extended ROV operations from the design process to deepwater offshore trials. “Our joint effort with Schilling Robotics was the most rewarding project I participated in during my time at Canyon Offshore,” said Legg.
Legg previously served as superintendant/project coordinator for Sonsub International and ROV supervisor for Woodside Offshore Petroleum. He also served as project coordinator on several deepwater projects for Perry Tritech, Oryx Energy, FMC, and Shell Inc. Legg holds an MBA from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
DeGroot joins Schilling with a wealth of experience in deep-ocean ROV design and implementation from his background in the film production industry. As project manager and design engineer for director James Cameron’s Earthship Productions, DeGroot designed and built equipment for filming deep-ocean underwater documentaries. DeGroot was responsible for engineering on the ROVs seen in the 3D IMAX movies Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep, and Discovery Channel’s Expedition: Bismarck.
Before working for Cameron for seven years, DeGroot served as senior designer at DC.ID in New York City. There he designed products ranging from semiconductor fabrication equipment to mass-produced consumer electronics. He also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.
“Schilling is a forward-thinking, technology-driven company,” says DeGroot.
“This is what excites me about working here. With the high level of talent in engineering and production, there is no limit to what we can design and develop to work in harsh environments such as the ocean depths.”
Garry Everett, Schilling’s director of program management, feels that the hiring of both project managers fits well with Schilling’s professional reputation. “Chris Legg brings us 20 years of invaluable ROV operations experience and Adrian DeGroot adds a unique perspective in ROV project management from the film industry,” says Everett.
DeGroot and Legg join Schilling Robotics as the company’s ROV orders and production capacity are rapidly expanding, including programs to produce fleet ROVs for new and established intervention service providers.