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Expert in Oilwell drilling; well design,drilling operations, workovers, P&A

Expert ID: 732895 France

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Expert has designed wells or supervised/ approved well designs for land wells, offshore wells (surface and subsea wellheads). He has created and given courses on well design, casing design, drilling operations, advanced well control, wellbore stability and other aspects of well drilling. Expert has written or approved many drilling programs. He has worked in every drilling position up to Drilling Manager but the last few years has consulted as Drilling Superintendent for mainly deepwater exploration wells offshore Africa and South America. Expert has two books published in the industry of planning and drilling manuals.

Expert started as an Aeronautical Engineer before entering the oil industry in 1979, meaning Expert has a solid engineering background.

Expert Witness/ Consulting Examples:
- Expert performed an investigation of drilling problems for a major oil company, W Africa. Three nights spent offshore analyzing data and interviewing, followed by a report on several different problem areas; three operational and one safety (injury, potential fatality).
-Due diligence of newly developed technology and verification of proper IP protection.
-Special assignment to design casing (four alternatives) for a challenging well, beyond the capability of the company engineers. Also provided casing design training to the local Drilling Engineers.
-Well design, drilling program creation/ approval and operational supervision of wells worldwide, any kind of rig in any environment.

Legal work as Drilling Expert
Expert Reports for various events, related to incident investigations and for law firms related to arbitration. Tribunal appointed Expert Witness for a UNCITRAL arbitration.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Higher National Certificate Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Hull College of Higher Education, UK

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1989 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Various Department: Drilling Responsibilities: I consulted for many different companies in over 40 countries as Drilling Engineer, Drilling Supervisor, Drilling Superintendent, Drilling Manager, Operations Manager, Trainer.
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: British Gas Title: Senior Drilling Engineer Department: Drilling Responsibilities: Responsible for well engineering and drilling operations in the Southern North Sea, Rough field. Jackup on a production platform then a purpose built platform rig.
Years: 1979 to 1985 Employer: Shell International Title: Trainee up to Driller Department: Drilling Responsibilities: Initial training in Holland followed by posting to Brunei as Assistant Driller then Driller.
Years: 1974 to 1979 Employer: British Aerospace Title: Aeronautical Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: 4 year apprentice as an Aeronautical Engineer, then worked for a year on full scale airframe fatigue testing. Flight simulations on Phantom and Buccaneer airframes to induce fatigue then investigate fatigue damage and work on modifications to the fleet of operational aircraft.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1979 to 2015 Country / Region: Worldwide Summary: Holland, Brunei, UK, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Israel, USA, France, Turkey, Malaysia, Niger, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Gabon, Vietnam, Tanzania, Libya, Cameroon, Denmark, Greenland, Ireland, French Guyana, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Congo, Indonesia.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Member of the London Arbitration Club (Oil & Gas branch), Secretary. Member of LCIA. Member of CIArb.
Licenses / Certifications
Well control certification, always kept current since they first were mandatory around 1989.

Additional Experience

Marketing Experience
Articles written for Petroleum Africa magazine including "While Drilling Technologies", "Old Hands New Technology" and "Drilling Software".

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Mother tongue
French Conversational

Fields of Expertise

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