Use of Underwater Remote Systems in Dam Safety - Instructor

Mark Stepanek
Pro-ROV Services, LLC

Mark has been in the underwater industry for over 30 years in several different capacities. As an avid waterman, he was initially involved in the SCUBA diving industry for several different hardware manufacturers. After a short stint in the high tech arena, Mark came back to the water industry 12 years ago with the advent of less expensive and smaller/newer equipment such as inspection-sized Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), only this time on the service side as the project manager/mission specialist/operator for Pro-ROV Services. He addressed projects from offshore scientific data collection for the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to inspections and surveys of concrete and earthen dams and reservoirs from Puerto Rico, to many areas within the U.S.

Brian Abbott
Mr. Abbott has over 25 years of project management, underwater engineering inspections, hydrographic surveys, and acoustic imaging experience.  He is an Engineer and HSE part 1 diver.   He is also employed part-time by a large international sonar manufacturing company as a special project person.  His work includes but is not limited to training and testing of new prototype equipment and projects from homeland security, bridge inspections, dams, ports and harbors inspections and performs hydrographic surveys to document a variety of physical features using Scanning Sonar’s,  ROV systems, Side scan sonar, Multibeam systems, AUV Systems, Building 3D structures underwater and cloud points underwater.

James Kulpa
James Kulpa, CH, and Hydrographic Division Manager has over 30 years' worth of experience with managing and conducting field data collection efforts.  Mr. Kulpa’s area of specialty is hydrographic surveying and hydrologic monitoring and has managed over 500 survey projects throughout the Americas and the Middle East. Mr. Kulpa has a broad understanding of the environments in which he collects data – a key compliment to knowing what associated survey technologies to utilize. Furthermore, Mr. Kulpa is directly involved with the meticulous task of survey data reduction and visualization of large survey datasets.

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