Introduction to Marine Site Characterization Course

Dr. Craig Shipp

Craig Shipp joined the Shell Development Company in Houston as a research geologist in 1988, after completing a M.S. in Coastal Geology at the University of South Carolina, followed by a Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Maine. For most of his energy industry career, he has concentrated on the development and support of the current evaluation group that specializes in the assessment of geohazards for offshore drilling and field developments globally for the company. In 2013, he was named Principal Technical Expert in recognition for his long-term efforts in the discipline within Shell. In professionally related activities, he founded and convened the Operators’ Geohazards Forum (2003-2009), has been an American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Distinguished Lecturer (2006-2007), was a member of the Expert Panel on Gas Hydrates for the Canadian Council of Academies (2007-2008), and chaired the Houston Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (OSIG) Committee of the Society for Underwater Technology (2010-2011). Presently, Craig serves on the Environmental Protection and Safety Panel for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (2003-present), is a member of the U.S. Dept. of Energy Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee (2008-present), and is serving as the Technical Program Chairman for the 100th Anniversary AAPG Annual Conference and Exhibition, occurring later this year (2014-present). The topics of the contrast in geohazards issues between siliciclastic and carbonate deepwater systems, geotechnical character of deposits formed by deepwater processes, and the effect of mass-failed sediments and marine gas hydrates on deepwater drilling and development operations still gets him up in the morning!

Earl Doyle

Earl H. Doyle received his B.S.C.E. and M.S. Ocean Engineering degrees from the University of Rhode Island and retired from Shell Oil Company in Houston after more than 30 years of employment. At Shell he was responsible for the company’s deepwater geotechnical and foundation design activities. This included the integration of high-resolution geophysical data to a geological model from which development assessments were made. During his first 17 years, he was involved in geotechnical engineering research at Shell Development Company. While there, he was responsible for the development of the Remote Vane and the EDO deep tow system and its extensive use on the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. For his last 13 years, Doyle led the geohazard, geotechnical and foundation design efforts for several important structures, including the Xijiang structures offshore China, several shallow water Gulf of Mexico platforms and the Auger, Mars, Ram/Powell and Ursa Tension Leg Platforms (TLP’s). He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in the geotechnical and geoscience field. Doyle presently is a consultant in the area of geotechnical engineering and integrated geoscience studies and specializes in the design of pile foundations for TLP’s where he has designed pile foundations for more than half of the world’s installed TLP’s.

Daniel Lanier

Mr. Lanier started his career in 2000 as a staff geologist with MARSCO, Inc., and joined Geoscience Earth and Marine Services (GEMS) in August 2001.  During his time at MARSCO and GEMS, Daniel was involved in the field, laboratory, engineering, and geological phases of offshore geotechnical site investigations and geophysical data interpretations.  Mr. Lanier has extensive expertise interpreting side-scan sonar, swath multibeam bathymetry, multibeam backscatter, sub-bottom profiler, and 2D/3D seismic datasets.  He specializes in integrating geophysical and geotechnical data for the purpose of planning offshore field developments, pipelines, and geologic hazard avoidance/mitigation.  During the years, Mr. Lanier also worked as the offshore project leader designing, developing, and managing both high-resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys.   In January 2009 Daniel became Director of GEMS, then Vice President in 2010, and has been the Managing Director since 2011.

Kimberly Faulk

Kimberly L. Faulk is a Project Manager and Senior Marine Archaeologist for Geoscience Earth and Marine Services (GEMS), a Forum Energy Technologies Company.  She is the Chair Ex Officio of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA), a former member of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Board, the 2017 OTC Networking Chair, and a member of the Houston SUT Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnical Committee (OSIG).  Ms. Faulk has over 17 years of experience working in littoral and deepwater environments around the globe on projects ranging from prehistoric canoes to WW II shipping losses, and from the arctic to the tropics.  She is a contributing scientist to the NOAA Okeanos Explorer missions (2012, 2014, and 2015), and co-organizer and instructor for two SUT OSIG sponsored short courses (2011-2016).

Shawn Williamson

Shawn Williamson is the Permitting Supervisor for Gulf of Mexico Exploration at BHP Billiton Petroleum in Houston, Texas.  He previously worked as a Geohazards Interpreter with BHP Billiton.  Prior to joining BHP Billiton in 2003, Shawn was a Geosciences Team Manager with Fugro GeoServices. He has over 20 years of petroleum industry experience and has performed shallow hazards assessments for offshore wells and field developments in the Gulf of Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, Brazil, Nigeria, Gabon, Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Myanmar, and South China Sea.  While at BHP Billiton, he has participated in well planning teams for over 60 subsalt wells in the Gulf of Mexico.  He was responsible for planning, acquisition, and integration of the geophysical and geotechnical site investigation program for the Shenzi Field. Shawn is an active member of the Society of Underwater Technology and assumed chairmanship of the Houston Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics Committee in October 2015.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Operators’ Geohazards Forum. Shawn holds a B.S. degree in Geology from Millsaps College and a M.S. degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.  He is a licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Texas.

Robert Little

Rob received his B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) and M.S. degrees in Civil Geotechnical Engineering from Texas A&M.  He worked as project engineer, project manager, senior consultant, and engineering manager for geotechnical consultancies before joining Chevron in 2010.  His primary areas of expertise are in development of offshore site investigation programs, design of offshore foundations and application of geotechnical engineering knowledge and methods in the evaluation of geologic hazards.  He has led offshore site investigations worldwide and has a broad experience in foundation design in a wide range of soil conditions.  Some of the more challenging design problems he has tackled include finite element modeling of subsidence and seabed displacements resulting from offshore production and mining, wave-induced seabed instability and mudflow effects on facilities in delta sediments, quantification of the risk of earthquake-induced slope failures and subsequent debris flow and turbidity current effects on infrastructure, and the effects on subsea facilities and well stability that can result from the dissociation of naturally occurring gas hydrates in the shallow seabed. Rob currently chairs API RG7 - ISO Panel 4, helping establish international standards for offshore foundation design of fixed and floating structures.

Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina

Dr. Medina-Cetina is Associate Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering (Joint Appointment) at Texas A&M University, where he leads the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory @SGLtamu (2008 - Present). He is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan UADY Mexico (Soil Dynamics, 1994), and a Master of Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UNAM (Geostatistics, 1996). Dr. Medina-Cetina obtained a Masters of Science and a Philosophy Doctorate at The Johns Hopkins University (Stochastic Mechanics, 2001- 2006). He held a dual appointment at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute NGI in Oslo Norway (2006 - 2008), in the International Centre for Geohazards ICG and in the Computational Geomechanics Division CGD. His research and consulting interests in Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics include System s Mapping of Risk, Reliability and Sensibility Analysis; Probabilistic Site Characterization; and Uncertainty Quantification of Multi-Physics Geomechanical Processes. He was elected twice Chair of the SUT's Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics committee (OSIG), where under his leadership set OSIG's Vision and Mission, while working together with the most recognized leaders in Geology, Geophysics, Geotechnical Engineering, Geomatics, Metocean, and Marine Archaeology in the USA.

Kerry Campbell

Kerry J. Campbell began his professional career in 1968 as a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey mapping glacial and Holocene deposits in New England.  Subsequently, he helped pioneer sea-ice and permafrost surveys in the Arctic using radar profilers.  For the past 40+ years, he has been a marine engineering geoscientist with Fugro and predecessor companies.  Mr. Campbell’s specific areas of expertise include interpretation of marine high-resolution seismic data for shallow hazard and engineering purposes for both shallow and deepwater sites scattered around the world, including sites offshore North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.  He has also helped pioneer integrated, multi-disciplinary studies of offshore geohazards and soils, the use of 3-D exploration seismic data for drilling hazards assessment and preliminary engineering-geologic assessment of deepwater areas, and assessment of gas hydrates as a potential geohazard.  Mr. Campbell is author or co-author of some 40 technical papers in geology, geophysics, and engineering geology.  He holds BS and MS degrees in geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He is a Registered Geologist, Geoscientist, or Engineering Geologist in Alaska, California, and Texas.  Mr. Campbell is currently Principal Geoscientist in the Houston office of Fugro Marine Geoservices, Inc.

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Dr. Amanda Evans

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