Dr. James McFarlane, President of International Submarine Engineering (ISE) was honoured as a Technology Pioneer by the Offshore Energy Center (OEC) 's Hall of Fame in Houston, Texas. The award was presented at the Ocean Star Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston on October 10th, 2009.
As a technology pioneer, Dr. McFarlane is one of the industry's key individuals whose innovation has formed the basis of technology and engineering behind Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). In the early 1970's, Dr. McFarlane and his company built the first pipeline inspection ROV which was used on the Piper Alpha Pipeline in the North Sea. ROVs were also built for government programs and research, paving the way for ROV design, equipment and control systems used today.
The development of ISE's HYSUB ROV was the technical foundation used in the oilfields for companies such as Oceaneering. This was followed by HYSUB, TROV, TREC and DART vehicles which ignited ROV development by many other companies.
The Offshore Hall of Fame recognizes the individuals and technologies that took the industry to sea. Established in 1989, the OTC is dedicated to expand the awareness of the vast energy resources available beneath the world's oceans and to chronicle the unique heritage and technological accomplishments of the industry.
ISE was formed in 1974 to design and build underwater vehicles for the subsea industry. During the last 35 years ISE has built remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), manned submersibles, semi-submersibles, robotic manipulators and AUVs. ISE also designs and builds unique solutions for subsea and robotic tasks, and has a customer base spanning the globe.