Shawn Williamson

Society for Underwater Technology Houston

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.

Current Position at SUT
Chair, OSIG-Houston
Member, OSIG-H Short Courses Subcommittee
Member, Society of Underwater Technology

Bachelors of Science, Millsaps College, 1994
Masters of Science, Texas A&M University, 1996

Employment Experience
  • Permitting Supervisor – Gulf of Mexico Exploration, BHP Billiton Petroleum, February 2017 - Present
  • Staff Geophysicist – Geohazards Interpreter, BHP Billiton Petroleum, July 2003 - February 2017
  • Multiple positions culminating in Geosciences Team Manager, Fugro-McClelland/ Fugro GeoServices, December 1996 – July 2003
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, August 1994 – December 1996
  • Cooperative (Co-op) Geologist, Bureau of Land Management, May 1992 – August 1994

Professional Interests
Shallow drilling hazards assessments, offshore site investigations for oil and gas field development, salt-related drilling hazards, well planning

HSEC Award: Environment Category - Highly Commended, BHP Billiton, Shenzi Subsea Architecture Optimization, 2006

Licenses & Certifications
Texas Professional Geoscientist License No. 382

UT3 Issue One 2017

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