Subsea Awareness Course

Don Schlater, BP Retired

Don Schlater has held both Technical and Sales management roles with the Castrol group of BP since late 1997. Prior to that he was the Director of Projects for FSSL (now Aker Solution). From 1986 to 1993 he started, developed and was General Manager for MacDermid Offshore Solutions business (formerly Marston Bentley). Prior to this he was product manager for Drilling Controls and Motion Compensation systems for Shaffer now National Oilwell Varco. He began his oilfield career with Exxon Production research after his USAF stay. He was an Air Force project manager at the Air Force Weapons lab working in the area of Nuclear weapons effect research.
He did both undergraduate and graduate work in Mechanical engineering at Tulane University.

Mark Siegmund, Wells Reliability Advisor - BP Global Wells Organization

With a BSc in Petroleum Engineering, Mark has gained over thirty years of global experience in Subsea Production & Deepwater Well Engineering. For the last 20 years, Mark’s has been employed by BP where he has held Subsea leadership roles in projects and operations and is a recognized Subject Matter Expert on the application of Subsea & Wells Reliability Engineering. 

Mark is currently a member of BP’s Rig Engineering team where he provides leadership & expertise on Wells & BOP reliability issues both internally and externally.  Within Industry, Mark has chaired the API17N committee on Subsea Reliability & Technical Risk Management and is chairman of the IOGP Well Expert Committee’s BOP Reliability Task Force. In January 2016, Mark was elected to chair the oversight committee for the newly launched BOP Performance JIP which is focused on industry-wide reliability improvements to BOP systems.  

Christopher Curran, CJC Enterprises

Christopher Curran is an independent consultant, having recently retired from BP where he was an Advisor within the Upstream Facilities Technology group.  He has worked in the areas of subsea condition monitoring and integrity management and has been active in developing subsea wireless communication technology.  His work covers many aspects of subsea systems and controls and he is a focal point within the industry for the development of High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems for application in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.  He is Chairman of API 17F Subsea Controls, API 17O HIPPS and API 17V for Subsea Safety.   He has over 30 years’ experience within the industry.  Christopher has a degree in Physics from Bristol University and is founding Chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology’s Houston Branch.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Society for Underwater Technology and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Peter Moles, Director of Emerging Technology, Oceaneering International Inc.

Peter Moles has been with Oceaneering for over 25 years filling multiple management and technical roles with most product and service businesses. He is currently Director of Emerging Technology with responsibilities for integrating new technology into product development. He was Director of Engineering for Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions with worldwide responsibility for project engineering and product development and prior, Worldwide Chief Engineer with OIE as manager of the Special Projects Group as well other engineering and operational positions. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is Professional Engineer registered in Texas and is a Project Management Professional. 

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
Matthew Cyvas, P.E Genesis

BSME from Ohio State; US Navy Operations Diving & Salvage Officer; MSME from Oregon State; 20 years developing offshore drilling and subsea equipment; 20 years subsea engineering consulting

Subsea Awareness Course Speaker Frank Yang
Frank Yang, Ph.D.,  P.E., MBA, Flow Assurance Lead at The Jukes Group

As a licensed professional engineer in Texas specializing in flow assurance, I have 11 years of experience consulting for the oil and gas industry, including 4 years for a major operator, in addition to 12 years of experience working for the processing industry. I have been granted 17 US patents for new processes and products. 

Subsea Awareness Course presenter Tim Lowry
Tim Lowry, Chief Engineer, Subsea Processing Technologies and R&D, TechnipFMC

Tim Lowry has held a variety of technical roles during his 15+ years of experience working in upstream / process engineering. His is currently Chief Engineer, Subsea Processing, for the Technologies and R&D group at TechnipFMC in Houston, TX. Prior to his current role, Tim was Principal Subsea Process Engineer at Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants (a TechnipFMC subsidiary), providing support for subsea projects with a primary focus on the development and deployment of emerging technology.

Subsea Awareness Course Speaker Steve Leverette
Steve Leverette, Ph.D., Product Account Manager, SBM Offshore USA

Dr. Steve Leverette has been in the offshore oil and gas industry since 1977, working initially for Gulf Oil Company, then as a principal in OSAC, a small engineering company, and transitioning up to a large international floating platform provider through a series of buyouts and mergers.  

He obtained his doctorate in Ocean Engineering from a joint program between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Steve has been involved in deepwater floating platform development during most of his career.  He was a key player on the design team for the world’s first Tension Leg Platform, the first Gulf of Mexico TLP, the first mini-TLP, and the worlds first DeepDraft Semi.

He was chairman of the API committee which wrote the current recommended practice for TLP design, and has had active involvement in SNAME and ASME.

 Steve is currently on the API SC2 Offshore Structures Committee, is on the Board of Directors for the Offshore Technology Conference, and has been an active lecturer for the OMAE Outreach program and for the University of Texas Floating Systems Design Course.  Steve holds 21 patents and is a recipient of the SNAME Lifetime Achievement Award.

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
David Madden,  BSc, MIET,  Global Product Champion with Technip Umbilicals

Has worked for Technip and associated companies for more than 33 years, in the field of subsea umbilical design, engineering, management and product research & development. 
Currently working at the Technip Umbilicals Inc. (formerly DUCO Inc.) in Houston Texas, overseeing engineering activities relating to product design and manufacture on projects, and providing assistance to the sales & business development teams to support clients potential projects, and manage FEED studies.
Also participates in the API17E working group to edit the joint API17E/ISO13628-5 Subsea Umbilical Specification for the industry.

Graduated at the University of Northumbria in 1984 in Physical Electronics, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology. Spent 3 years at the Technip center for product development in Le Trait (France) being responsible for umbilical R&D activities within the group. During this time mainly involved in generating the design principles and rules used by other Technip engineers for designing umbilicals, particularly relating to electrical cables. 

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
R.J. Brown, Director of R J Brown Deepwater® a Technip Company

R.J. Brown has 64 years of experience in marine pipeline engineering. He graduated from the Ohio University with a BSCE in 1951 and Stanford with an MSCE in 1963.
He began R.J. Brown and Associates in 1969 and received seven OTC meritorious awards associated with diver-less tie-ins, pipeline plowing, and bottom towing. He was inducted as a Polar Gas Pioneer in 1973 for his contribution to the project’s precedent-setting first year of research in the Canadian Arctic. In 2008 he was also inducted into the prestigious “Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame”. At the OTC conference in 2012 he received the ASME Geoca Award for Distinguished and Meritorious Achievement and Service in the field of petroleum mechanical engineering. He has also received the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeliner of the Year Award, and the OTC Heritage Award.  
He has been instrumental in the design and construction of two lay barges: the Suleyman Vezirov in the Caspian Sea and the Viking Piper (LB200) now the Castora VII. In 1976, he developed the first of 30 pipeline pre and post trenching plows. Also, he was directly involved in the first successful Arctic bundled pipeline installed for PanArctic on Melville Island for the Drake-76 well. He developed a 3-D model for offshore pipeline engineering and provided construction supervision during the installation phases of deep water installations.  
Over the years, the modeling aspect has evolved as a very high value design assurance tool. This is now being utilized in ultra deep water depths and is aiding contractors in the design phase of the installation and the supervision/training of their crews (in their ability to think three dimensionally).

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
Ashutosh Kak, Genesis Oil and Gas

Ashutosh has work experience with development planning, process engineering, and flow assurance groups. Ashutosh has been managing a large team of development planning, and production assurance professionals whilst consulting on projects as advisor. 

Ashutosh has conducted and lead various oil and gas engineering studies in development planning, operating scenario evaluation, specifying equipment design criteria, creating and reviewing technical documents. Ashutosh’s project experience includes managing studies from concept screening phase to helping asset teams in bench-marking, and troubleshooting. His project experiences include projects from US Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Latin America, and India. 

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speakers
4 experts from TechnipFMC presenting.

UT3 Issue One 2017

UT3 is the online magazine of the Society for Underwater Technology. It is a new single authoritative source on subsea engineering for those that do not have time to look at the various subsea news sites.

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