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Expert in Offshore Oil and Gas Construction Management

Expert ID: 726012 Florida, USA

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Offshore Installation Advisor, Interface and Delivery Coordinator and Offshore Representative with over 47 years of project management experience in offshore construction, fabrication, and marine installation. A US/UK dual citizen resident in London. Offshore credentials include in-date OPITO BOSIET and GOM SafeGulf. Work has been carried out in the N Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Angola.

Expert specializes in the management, planning, execution and worksite witnessing of offshore transportation and installation projects. The activities include: system pre-commissioning; load outs; seafastening; transport and installation of shallow and deepwater fixed piled jackets and topsides modules; dry towing of hulls from overseas fabrication yards; integration yard activities for the preparation of the installation of FPU’s, FPSO’s ( new build and drill rig conversions ) and Spars); wet towing of hulls to the offshore sites and hook up operations to the mooring system.

Mooring system activities include coordination of the free - issue mooring component delivery from vendors to the marshaling yard; transport and installation of the anchors (drag embedment, piled, suction) and the mooring lines (chain, spiral strand wire, synthetic). Involved with the interfacing of mooring and riser pull-in systems and winches for FPU’s and FPSO and presetting of the anchors /piles and moorings systems in the field.

Riser and pipeline activities include: steel catenary riser pull-in systems, flexible risers and flowline installations, umbilicals and flying leads; diver and diverless jumper/spoolpiece tie-ins with horizontal and vertical bolted swivel flanges, collet connectors, and clamped hubs; pipeline pigging, testing and commissioning operations and pipeline repairs utilizing seabed lifting frames, hyperbaric welding, and mechanical connectors

Subsea work involved the installation of gravity based skirt structures; manifolds on suction pile foundations and driven piles with hydrolok swaging; interfacing at manifolds and production trees with torque tools and hot stabs.
The execution of the various projects required the preparation and development of: concept selection options; design basis input; execution plans; field architecture studies; transportation and installation scopes of works and specifications; marine operations manuals; milestone schedules; cost estimates; risk identification and mitigations; hazids and SIMOP reviews; marine warranty surveyor (MWS) scope of work development; coordination of transport and installation vessel/barge selection and utilization; inspections and approvals ( OVIDs); management of change (MOC) activities and readiness reviews; The pre FEED and FEED work included: contracting strategy development; installation input to the design basis; tender document preparation (scope and specs); bid evaluations ( technical and commercial ); contract negotiations /administration and coordination of geotechnical investigation requirements for mooring, foundation pile locations and pipeline routing. Selection, recruitment, and management of the clients' offshore team. Offshore contract management and compiling and checking of offshore progress reports.

The overall installation execution plans included for continuous interface coordination between the installation contractors, facility designer, facility fabricators, certified verification agent, marine warranty surveyor, drilling, operations, topsides, pipeline, subsea and hook up and commissioning/startup teams. Inspection visits at vendor facilities included the monitoring of inspection and test plan activities and the witnessing of FAT and SIT programs.

Offshore work included attendance on DP and moored heavy lift barges, DP diving vessels, pipe-lay, and umbilical lay vessels, flotels (DP and moored), drilling rigs (DP, moored, jack-ups) and towing /anchor handling vessels.

Diving and ROV activities included the direct site management of operations involving: air diving; saturation diving and remotely operated vehicles, both light and heavy work class and risk assessments and SIMOPS plans for underwater inspection and repairs with mechanical and grouted clamps; wet and dry hyperbaric welding in habitats and cofferdams.

Fabrication yard work included: review and approval of workmanship and quality (material and welding certification, traceability and NDE); coordination between installation contractor, facility designer and fabricator and marine warranty surveyor; monitoring of load out activities using winches, strand jacks and trailer systems; review of engineering, analysis and equipment for mooring systems for barges and vessels during loadouts; review of heavy lift engineering, lifting equipment inspections and witnessing H/L operations during loadouts.

Other activities included planning and supervision of: topsides structural hook up work; drilling conductor installation and driving; decommissioning and deep water salvage.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida - Hialeah, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Hollywood, Florida - Pembroke Pines, Florida - Cape Coral, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - Miami Beach, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida - Pompano Beach, Florida

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: Higher National Certificate Subject: Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding Institution: Barrow in Furness College, Barrow, England

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: MARINE PROJECT CONSULTING Responsibilities: o Assisting RPS Energy and the Israeli Ministry of Energy to carry out a readiness and suitability check of the Noble Leviathan Jacket for the Design, Fabrication, Transportation, and Installation.
o Offshore installation cost reviews for Endeavor / Upstream Advisors / Bain Capital / Cheviot Field Development.
o Topsides piping layout and specification reviews for a Nigerian Wellhead Platform ( TUBU) for Mareal Paris.
o Manufacturing and drawing review support to a SonarBell development project
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Marine Project Responsibilities: Providing part-time input from the USA and now the UK for the conceptual design, design basis and execution plan for an underwater tidal power turbine facility at Lombok, Indonesia. Awaiting final sanction and funding.
Years: 2016 to 2017 Employer: Global Maritime Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Assisting Global with business development and later in Trinidad to assist BP with monitoring locally chartered vessel suitability inspection assurance activities and semi-submersible and jack up rig move planning.
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: Walter Oil & Gas, Houston, Coelacanth Jacket and Deck Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Client representative in the jacket /deck design contractors offices for the review and approval of Heerema’s transportation and installation procedures and Gulf Marine Contractors procedures, fabrication and witnessing for: loadout and mooring of the 30,000-ton jacket ( 1100 fsw ) onto the H-851; 4000-ton topsides and 108-inch diam. x 600 ft. long piles. Also at GMF for the jacket flooding and venting system, pile gripper system and grouting system testing and commissioning. Offshore on SSCV Thialf as the lead installation representative managing an eight-man offshore team and interfaces with the marine warranty surveyor and CVA rep.
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: Marine Well Containment Company Title: Offshore Installation Adviser Department: Responsibilities: Offshore Installation Advisor reviewing the transportation and installation procedures of the MWCC containment components including free-standing risers, umbilical’s, manifolds, tanker loading hoses, etc. Defined the deep water ( 10,000 feet ) lifting rope requirements for use on the winches of large GOM anchor handling tugs.
Years: 2008 to 2014 Employer: Chevron Title: Installation Adviser Department: Jack & St. Malo Floating Production Unit (FPU) Responsibilities: Installation advisor and interface coordinator assisting with the planning and management of the offshore work including the preparation of the transportation and installation scopes of works and specifications, milestone schedules; cost estimates; risk identification and mitigations; hazids and SIMOP reviews.

Installation contractor engagement activities included: bid invitation preparation (scope and specs etc.); contracting strategy, technical and commercial bid evaluations; coordinating installation vessel suitability (DP/ Crane), and vessel and equipment certifications; contractor selection recommendation; Review and approval of contractor’s transportation and installation procedures, test and inspection plans and installation aid design. Offshore for the installation of sixteen ( 16 ) suction piles.
Worked with hull designer to finalize the moon pool size for the SCR pull-in operation and hang-off using ballasting only. Assisted with defining requirement for SCR pull in jack (Bardex)
Prepared initial dive plans, risk assessment and scope of work for the air diving program for installing SCR closing spools (16 tons ) on FPU pontoon.
The developed execution plan for the interface coordination of the dry tow operation from Korea, installation preparation of the FPU hull at Kiewit ( mooring chain installation, etc. ) and the manned wet tow to the installation site.
Assisted with the contingency float - off of the FPU hull from the Dockwise Vanguard (DV) in Singapore for the replacement of the cribbing timbers and subsequent float back on to the DV. Supervised the FPU under hull inspection and removal of redundant timbers from under the hull with local divers.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Chevron Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Project Engineer on the FPF Transportation and Installation team coordinating and dealing with interface issues with other discipline teams (hull fabrication, pipeline, hook-up) for the spar hull wet tow, upending, mooring hook -up, fixed ballast, belly strake panel installation ( OTC Paper 19878 ) and steel catenary riser interfacing and pull in system definition ( porch, jack and winches ). Carried out regular trips to the Spar fabricator in Finland. On the Balder for the spar hull installation and mooring hook-up and Thialf for the installation of the topsides.
Lead rep onboard DP DSV Swordfish for the saturation diving for the installation of two SCR tie in spools and onboard DP DSV Boa Deep C as a client representative for the mixed gas surface diving operations to complete the bolted connections between the belly strake panels and the belly strake pins.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: Chevron Title: Compliant Tower Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for reviewing and approving the installation procedures for the loadout, sea fastening, and transportation. Offshore onboard Thialf for the supervision of the installation (including 12 x 108-inch x 625 ft. piles) and topside and drilling packages. Visited DSME Korea to witness the topside loadouts.
Years: 2000 to 2004 Employer: BP Title: Spar Hull Interface Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Spar Hull Interface Engineer involved in all aspects of the hull interfaces including topsides; hook up; mooring system equipment and mooring and suction pile installation; steel catenary riser interfacing and pull in system definition ( porch, jack, and winches ) and umbilical installation winch locations; field layout drawing coordination.
At Gulf Marine Fabricators, as BP Marine Operation Representative, responsible for overseeing the marine operations, including diving and the following tasks: Arrival and float off of the Holstein Hard Tank from the Black Marlin (25,000 tons); Load out of the Truss onto the H627 (10,000 tons); Offloading of the Truss; Wet Mating of the Truss and Hard Tank; and preparations for wet tow to GC 645. BP rep on the tow to GC 645 on the Harvey War GC 645. Onboard DCV Balder for Spar upending and mooring line hook up.
Prepared scopes of work for fabrication, transportation and installation bid documents for Holstein and Mad Dog. Provided detailed input on field architecture development and the acquisition of the geotechnical data.
Years: 1994 to 2000 Employer: Aker Marine Contractors Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Project Engineer working on bids and proposals for offshore construction and mooring project. Seconded to Amoco, Exxon, and Mobil to work on mooring and production riser concepts and field architecture studies for King Spar GOM, Kizomba Field Angola and Zafiro Producer Equatorial Guinea. Also was part of the Kings Peak subsea systems team. Provided input to various drill rig to floating production conversions to plan flexible riser and umbilical retrofits. Involved in various suction pile fabrication and installation projects from AHV’s.
Years: 1993 to 1994 Employer: Kerr McGee Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Project engineer for the development of detailed field layouts and subsea schematics and defining interface requirements between the Tentech 850 turret and the moorings and flexible risers. Preparation of budget estimates and tender documents for the design, supply, installation and tie in of flowlines, riser bases and flexible risers.
Years: 1989 to 1993 Employer: Sovereign Oil & Gas Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Project Engineer for the installation of Aker H3 floating production unit conversion, including the field layouts, anchor piles, moorings, flexible risers, quick release connector, riser base and seabed manifold design, manufacture, and installation. Onboard the FPU, Stena Constructor and Orelia for the supervision of the riser bases, flexible riser installation and Subsea Mayo for commissioning of the subsea system.
Years: 1987 to 1988 Employer: Amerada Hess – Client Rep, Ivanhoe Rob Roy Title: Aberdeen and Offshore Department: Responsibilities: Client rep on DCV Balder and Smit Semi 1. for manifold installation, underwater piling and hydro lock pile swaging and later on VSO Performer and Karina for cutting, lifting, realignment and hyperbaric welding of a 14” pipeline at Claymore. Attended at Piper A fire on the VSO Performer to assist with rescue and recovery.
Years: 1985 to 1986 Employer: Sun Oil Title: Project Installation Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Project Installation Engineer for the FPU (GVA 5000) including approval of procedures for flexible riser and umbilical installation, pipeline and flowline tie ins, mooring piles, template subsea hookup work and subsea pig launcher design and towing and mooring of the FPU. Offshore for riser installation from the MSV Karina. On MSV Regalia for the mooring piles and DSV Norskald and Dynamic Constructor for umbilical laying.
Years: 1984 to 1985 Employer: Consafe Technology Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Project Manager for offshore projects using MSV’s Regalia and Karina for spoolpiece installations and hyperbaric welded tie ins.
Years: 1978 to 1984 Employer: Subsea Offshore Title: Construction Engineering Manager Department: Responsibilities: Construction Manager responsible for providing construction and inspection engineering support and personnel to worldwide air /sat diving and construction projects for: various pipeline tie ins including fabrication; platform repairs and strengthening using hyperbaric welding, wet welding, grouting and clamps on Forties, Ninian, Piper, Danbor and Esso Bass Strait; retrofit of a 18 inch riser on Piper Alpha platform from the Bredford Dolphin; anode replacements; Buchan A manifold piping installation. Engineering and management of saturation diving system installations on production vessel and platforms; dive support vessels and barges.
Years: 1976 to 1978 Employer: Heerema Engineering Title: Site Manager Department: Responsibilities: Site Manager for the tow, upending and installation of the Ninian South Platform onboard barges Odin and Pearl Marine (PM 27). Technical and installation support was also provided for the Ninian North installation.
Years: 1976 to 1976 Employer: Comex John Brown Title: BP Rep Department: Responsibilities: BP representative/observer onboard Vickers Oceanics saturation diver locks out submersible and Pisces one atmosphere submersibles. As trenched surveys on the export line and opening valves with diver at laydown head.
Years: 1972 to 1976 Employer: Brown & Root Title: Offshore Site Manager Department: Responsibilities: Field Engineer on B&R Barge Hercules for Amoco Inde B jacket installation (120 ft). Site Manager on Heerema’s DB Thor and Hercules for the installation of four BP Forties Field platforms including the salvage of 4 x 500-ton underwater stabilization spheres from – 400 ft. One atmosphere bell dives to inspect the jacket.
Years: 1966 to 1971 Employer: Vickers Shipbuilders Title: Barrow Department: Responsibilities: Served a four-year apprenticeship in the ship drawing office and warship design office.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Angola, Africa Summary: He is assisting in supervising the largest compliant tower outside the gulf of mexico
Years: 1981 to 1981 Country / Region: New Zealand Summary: Supervising underwater repairs to an offshore structure, also working in australia over the same period
Years: 1981 to 1981 Country / Region: Australia Summary: Working in Bass Strait on pipeline tie ins and in Perth on business development
Years: 1972 to 1994 Country / Region: North Sea Summary: Involved on various project and with various employers in the North Sea
Years: 1994 to 2008 Country / Region: US Gulf of Mexico Summary: Involved on various project and with various employers in the Gulf. Self employed in 2000, US citizen in 2004

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and Member of the Marine Technology Society
Licenses / Certifications
Higher National Certificate in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding, Barrow-In-Furness Technical College UK, 1971. Distinction in Ship Production and Management.
Publications and Patents Summary
Co author on two Offshore Technology Conference papers Houston 2004 and 2009

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
In house training and familiarization PowerPoint seminars on offshore construction methods and techniques. Co author in OTC paper in 2004 with BP and co author in upcoming OTC paper with Technip and Chevron at OTC 2009
Vendor Selection
It is a requirement of the work to be up to date with the latest developments in underwater technology involving AUV's, ROV and Divers
Marketing Experience
My long involvement in the ofsshore oil and gas construction indusrty especially in deepwater technology (5000 feet + )

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