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Expert in Oil and Gas Engineering

Expert ID: 735552 Texas, USA

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Award winning, energy focused engineering professional specializing on Project Management, Pipeline Engineering Design, Process Facilities and Refinery Engineering projects. Expert's goal is to deliver innovative projects optimized to the client’s needs, supported through strong client relationships, mentoring project teams and targeted technical training.

20+ years experience in project management, pipeline design, refinery retrofit projects, facility design, engineering team leadership and team building, client/stakeholder relations, compressor facilities, budget preparation, contract administration.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Austin, Texas

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1989 Degree: MBA Subject: Finance Institution: Oklahoma City University
Year: 1975 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Oregon State University
Year: Degree: Subject: Arctic Engineering Institution: University of Alaska

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Pipeline Engineering Director Department: Industrial Infrastructure Responsibilities: Oil and Gas market development encompassing prospect generation and program management. Served in pipeline subject matter expert (SME) role, focusing on project scoping and quality assurance, project supervision, technical training and peer mentoring. Developed new market opportunities with CITGO, Southwest Gas, Exxon Mobil and Phillips 66.

• Lead engineer for replacement of an existing Citgo 8” pipeline crossing via horizontal directional drilling (HDD) across the Guadalupe River in Texas. The replacement was a high priority project due to line exposure resulting from the 2017 Hurricane Harvey flood event. The team’s crossing design overcame significant technical challenges including drilling through highly unconsolidated soils, limited HDD work space and isolation of the existing operational pipeline.
• Lead engineer for replacement of an existing ExxonMobil 8” pipeline in central Texas. The team’s coordinated land survey data acquisition effort and developed required construction drawings for the replacement, including alignment preparation, tie-in designs and crossing armoring designs and for three existing creeks.
• Developed and taught a pipeline engineering fundamentals webinar covering all major aspects of pipeline engineering and construction including Front End Engineering Design (FEED), survey, right of way data acquisition, horizontal directional drilling and conventional boring, pipeline mechanical design, pipeline layout and issue for approval package preparation.
Results: Received IACET approval which facilitated webinar participants obtaining up to 4 professional development units (PDUs) accepted by state engineering boards.
• Lead Engineer performing a study assessing status and enhancements of Citgo’s Computer Pipeline Monitoring (CPM) leak detection system in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. The study, which was based on API RP 1175 methodology identified significant performance gaps in Citgo’s detection system and revised the system’s alarm settings, minimizing false alarms and improving the system performance.
• Lead Pipeline Engineer and Subject Matter Expert for FEED engineering design of a 14” sludge transportation pipeline from Chevron’s Richmond Refinery to their Point Orient wharf facility. The design includes construction of a 2,500 Horizontal Directional Drill from the wharf to the San Pablo Peninsula shoreline.
• Technical Advisor/Subject Matter Expert of on-call engineering program for Southwest Gas Corporation in Phoenix Arizona. Developed project proposal package which was instrumental in receiving the one-year contract award. Presented training sessions with the engineering team to review the technical requirements related to Southwest’s project requirements. Served as Technical Advisor and Quality Assurance leader for the program.
Years: 2011 to 2016 Employer: Universal Pegasus International Title: Senior Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Project Management of major pipeline and compression projects ($100 - $500K). Recipient of 2015 Project of the Year award from Trenchless Technology magazine for pipeline project in South Texas, including a 12,500' HDD Houston Ship Channel crossing.

• Project manager for design of a 7,500 BHP electric motor driven reciprocating gas Greenfield compression station and pipeline for Piedmont Natural Gas. Performed FEED study of system to identify the optimum compressor design and pipeline routing. Performed in both the overall project manager role as well as the mechanical engineer in responsible charge. Managed all phases of the project including procurement of equipment and materials on Universal Pegasus’ paper.
• Lead pipeline engineer in responsible charge for design of 250 mile, multi-product pipeline system for Phillips 66. Led of team of engineers, GIS designers and mappers through FEED engineering and detailed design phases. Managed various engineering challenges including compressed development schedule, crowded pipeline corridors, 100+ HDDs and drills up to 12,000’ in length, and simultaneously lay of multiple lines in a single ditch.
RESULTS: UPI’s design received the 201x “Project Of The Year” award from “Trenchless Technology” magazine.
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: Maverick Engineering Title: Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Project Management for pipelines and refinery upgrade projects. Developed new business opportunity with Koch pipeline in South Texas.

Project Manager directing engineering design of multiple liquid pipeline modification projects for Koch Pipeline Company. Directed FEL and detailed design engineering for expansion of an existing gas liquids pipeline including route selection, construction bid package preparation and field implementation.
Years: 2001 to 2009 Employer: Anvil Corporation Title: Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Project Manager of refinery and pipeline engineering installations. Managed engineering design of a cutting edge vessel interface installation that received BP's Helios award for the best in a field of 1,600 competing projects.

Seconded Project Manager on site at BP Cherry Point Refinery, Blaine Washington. Project Manager for installation of a cutting edge nuclear fluid interface instrument in Cherry
Point's desalter vessel.
RESULTS: The project received BP's Helios Award as the best project in a field of 1600 competing projects.
• Project Manager for design of a refinery sulfur gathering and treating system in Washington. Interfaced with client engineers to optimize project scope, schedule and budget. Supervised multi discipline consulting team that executed detailed engineering design.
RESULTS: The project was completed on time, 10% under budget and achieved an IPA "best in class" rating.
Years: 1993 to 2001 Employer: The Coastal Corporation Title: Staff Engineer Department: Production Engineering Responsibilities: Project management for design and construction of an 80 mile natural gas gathering and compression project in Eastern Utah. Project manager and joint owner's task-force chairman of a 4,500 acre secondary recovery project in Western Oklahoma.

• Project Manager responsible for the design, construction and start-up of 80 mile gas compression/gathering system in eastern Utah. Developed system design and implemented dual pressure design, optimizing compression usage. Supervised engineering contractors and coordinated field installation. Administered budget preparation/cost containment programs.
RESULTS: The project achieved 20% savings over original estimates.
Years: 1981 to 1993 Employer: Coastal Oil & Gas Corporation Title: District Engineer / Senior Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Project Manager for development of a 4,500-acre secondary recovery project in western Oklahoma. Chairman of joint owners committee that established equity positions shares in the project. Developed PC based linear program model that optimized Coastal's ownership share and facilitated early unit formation.
RESULTS: Maximized Coastal's ownership position in the project.
Years: 1975 to 1981 Employer: Exxon Company USA Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Project manager for design and construction and start-up of a 10,000 BOPD offshore production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. Project engineer developing new technology projects in Prudhoe Bay and Point Thompson fields, Alaska North Scope.

• Project Manager for development of a 4,500-acre secondary recovery project in western Oklahoma. Chairman of joint owners committee that established equity positions shares in the project. Developed PC based linear program model that optimized Coastal's ownership share and facilitated early unit formation.
RESULTS: Maximized Coastal's ownership position in the project.
Years: 1979 to 1975 Employer: Exxon Company, USA Title: Senior Engineer / Senior Project Engineer/Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: • Project Manager of design, construction, installation and facility start-up of a 10,000 BOPD offshore production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. Coordinated activities of contract design team and developed specifications for equipment procurement. Developed automated measurement and instrumentation systems. Supervised on-shore fabrication and QA programs and offshore installation. Managed contract administration programs and cost control programs.
• Project Engineer coordinating joint operations in the Prudhoe Bay field. Conducted joint task force study of drilling operations that applied new technologies. Responsibilities also included budget preparation and project approvals.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Mechanical Engineering - States of Arizona, Florida, Nevada & Texas
Project Management Institute (PMI) - Project Management Professional
Publications and Patents Summary
Presentation: Dealing with Environmentally Sensitive Properties.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Production Engineering, Reservoir Engineering and other schools and seminars
Environmental Law - Oklahoma State University
Groundwater Monitoring, Protection and Remediation - Oklahoma State University

Fields of Expertise

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