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Derek Thomas
Head - Advanced Research & Development Unit

Derek Thomas heads AG&P’s Advanced Research & Development Unit, creating innovative solutions in the fields of Energy, Environment and Oceans, bringing together best in class from differing disciplines.

His career has involved the integration of information systems and machinery to achieve enhanced levels of "situational awareness", whether in the battlefield or the oil field. To do this, he has created the companies and technologies required to manufacture and deploy systems that remotely monitor and manage everything from water quality, oil and gas production, machinery health, submarine life support, to battle-space awareness. Having built systems for the most rugged and demanding environments, including deep-ocean and military Special Operations, he is focused on bringing that experience to the modular design and fabrication of industrial plants.

With a focus on “Advanced Modular Infrastructure”, his aim is to integrate technologies that allow for rapid and cost-effective global deployment of energy and resource projects, with reduced execution risk and enhanced long term operational reliability and safety.

Based in the US, but travelling extensively for his AG&P work, Derek Thomas is a computer systems engineer by background and has extensive marine, submarine and naval systems experience as a long-term technical contractor with the US Navy SEALs, Australian Navy and Swedish Navy. Prior to this, Derek worked with PetroTiger in Australia where he was also based.