Introduction to Marine Site Characterization Course
Owner and President, GEMS
Shell Retired, Independent Consultant
Business Development Manager/Sr. Marine Archaeologist, GEMS
Kimberly L. Faulk is a Project Manager and Senior Marine Archaeologist for Geoscience Earth and Marine Services (GEMS). She is the Chair Ex Officio of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA), a former member of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Board, the 2017 OTC Networking Chair, and Chair of the Houston SUT Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnical Committee (OSIG). Ms. Faulk has over 17 years of experience working in littoral and deepwater environments around the globe on projects ranging from prehistoric canoes to WW II shipping losses, and from the arctic to the tropics. She is a contributing scientist to the NOAA Okeanos Explorer missions (2012, 2014, and 2015), and co-organizer and instructor for SUT OSIG sponsored short courses (2011-2017).
Permitting Supervisor for Gulf of Mexico Exploration, BHP Billiton Petroleum
Senior Advisor for Offshore Geotechnical Engineering and Geohazards, Chevron
Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina
Associate Professor, Civil, Petroleum, Ocean Engineering, and Geography at Texas A&M University
Principal Geoscientist, Fugro USA Marine, Inc
Geophysical Manager, Gardline Surveys Inc.
Andrew received his BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Geology and Materials Science from University of Sunderland (UK) in 1992. Andrew worked as a Global Field Marine Geophysicist and then Offshore Survey Party Chief for 6 years, before becoming assistant Geophysical Manager for Gardline Surveys Ltd operations in the UK. In 2000 Andrew accepted a position as Geophysical Manager with the goal to establish a geohazard interpretation consultancy service in Houston, Texas, which grew to presently employ over 25 professionals. His experiences include extensive offshore marine geohazard projects of many types, from all oceans, and most countries with an active energy industry. Andrew also leads a team of professionals in an educational outreach effort to schools and colleges across Houston and beyond with the aim of bringing industry experienced professionals into classrooms to disseminate knowledge to students and future industry professionals.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, BP America Inc.
Dan Spikula is a Senior geotechnical engineer at BP America, Inc. The research he has performed is focused on soil behavior as an engineering material, integrated site investigation and interpretation of ground conditions, and slope stability, shallow foundations, deep foundations and pipelines.
Dr. Victor Taboada
President and CEO, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Houston, Texas
CGS Consulting, Retired
Bob Bruce has a B.S. Physics, Magna cum laude, and M.S. Physics, University of Illinois, extensive industry training in geology, geophysics and petrophysics, and post-graduate courses at University of Houston. In over 40 years in the petroleum industry, he has been involved in exploration projects around the world. He has taught courses in Porosity and Pore Fluid Prediction, Seismic Time-to-Depth Conversion, Well Logging, and Pore Pressure Prediction. He has extensive experience in seismic velocity analysis and depth imaging. In addition, he has been involved in Geohazards Analysis and Deepwater Field Development for over 20 years. He served 6 years on Environmental Protection and Safety Panel for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. (Now International Ocean Discovery Program), is serving on the AAPG OTC Technical Committee and is a former Chairman of the SEG Continuing Education Committee.
Jan Van Smirren
Oceanographer, Ocean Sierra LLC
Since graduating with a B.Sc. in Geology and Oceanography (1981) and M.Sc. in Oceanography (1982), Jan has gained over 35 years of experience in commercial oceanography, most recently as Managing Director of BMT Energy. Prior to this he was Metocean Global Business Line Manager at Fugro where he was responsible for overseeing all meteorological, oceanographic and environmental activities. Jan’s experience includes director level appointments in Holland, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with planning, management, business development and operational responsibilities. His oceanographic experience has seen him undertake studies in the North and South Atlantic, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. This has included both field measurement and monitoring system campaigns and the detailed analysis and interpretation of data.
Senior Engineer, Shell
Chris Hadley has a professional career spanning more than twenty five years, including the past seventeen years with Shell, and has been involved in many aspects of marine geotechnics, foundation design and installation. He has worked on projects in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia and in soil conditions ranging from soft clays to rock. More recently, he has specialized in quantitative geohazard risk assessments and integrated site characterization of deepwater sites including Shell’s Gumusut-Kakap, Malikai and Stones developments. He serves on the ASCE OTC committee and is a member of API Resource Group 7 on geotechnical engineering. Chris has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Durham in the UK and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
Consultant, Retired from Marathon Oil Company
Jim Collins received his B.S.C.E from Louisiana State University and his M.S.E. from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Collins worked for geotechnical consultant, Capozzoli & Associates, in Louisiana for 3 years between undergraduate and graduate studies. He worked for Marathon Oil Company for 36 years on civil and geotechnical engineering construction projects, site geohazard assessments, and exploration and production drilling support. Projects were located on five continents, onshore and offshore, and from 2,200 meters below sea level in the Gulf of Mexico to 1,800 meters above sea level in Kurdistan. Offshore projects involved geophysical and geotechnical investigations for sites and pipeline routes, geohazard assessments, driven pile design, pile and well conductor driving analyses, platform installation engineering, foundations for subsea facilities, soil-structure interaction, soil-pipeline interaction, dredging works, and dredged-fill densification.
Operations Surveyor, BHP Billiton
Dr. Niall Slowey
Professor, Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University
Structural Engineer, BP
Upcoming Events 2019
|Jun 6, Thu||Crawfish Boil|
|Jun 10 - 13||Subsea Awareness Course|
|Jun 17, Mon||The NAS - UGOS Initiative Workshop|
|Jun 27, Thu||Champage and Conversation Edition 3|
|Aug 23, Fri||Clay Shoot Competition|
|Sep 9 - 12||Subsea Awareness Course|
|Dec 9 - 11||Introduction to Integrated Marine Site Characterization|