1999 Industry Pioneers


BauerRobert F.(Bob) Bauer

Bob Bauer was a pioneer in developing the technology of offshore drilling from a floating vessel. Beginning with his assignment to the CUSS Group in 1953, he was first involved with perfecting core drilling from a floating vessel. He then developed the CUSS I, the first true floating drilling rig, which by 1957 had drilled in 400-ft-deep waters. In 1958, Bauer became the first president of Global Marine Exploration Co. His efforts and leadership over four decades led to many innovative accomplishments in offshore drilling.