RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) focus on a particular ultra-deepwater technology area. The role of the TACs, with representation from subject matter experts who study and apply ultra-deepwater technologies in real field situations, is to identify current technology gaps and define the specific R&D efforts needed to address these gaps. As such, the TACs provide a bottom-up, end-user-driven program. There are a total of nine UDW TACs. The UDW TACs are open to the public.
The Systems Engineering TAC's goal is to analyze existing and/or potential technology gaps and bringing them to the attention of the committee best suited to carry out further work in the specific technology area. Focus is system impact of proposed technologies on field develoment, grand challenge projects, and small business initiatives.