Alison Van Lent – Commercialisation Manager, Woodside Energy
Alison started at Woodside as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer, working on the Offshore Goodwyn asset before moving to Karratha for four years where she worked on the Pluto LNG Project team during commissioning and early operations.
After several lead engineering roles and demonstrating capacity as an innovative high performer who had the potential to move into senior management, Alison was selected as 1 of 2 employees (out of 3000+) in 2016 to be sponsored to complete her MBA full time. When she returned, she shifted from Engineering to Technology to the robotics team.
Her primary responsibilities were to guide the Operations and Projects teams to take advantage of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems. In that space of time, the team now have the highest in-house robotics capability of any oil and gas company in Australia (perhaps even in the world). In June 2020, she moved into her current role, which is looking at commercialising a product she and her team built.
The robotics capability that Alison has worked to develop within Woodside is world-class. Software, co-developed by her and her team with NASA, is being used to leverage robots on the Woodside assets.