Subsea Awareness Course


Dr. Naveen Ravirala Speaker for Subsea Awareness Course
Dr. Naveen Ravirala, Lead Installation Engineer, Blackfin Offshore

Dr Naveen Ravirala completed his Doctorate (PhD) from University of Bolton, United Kingdom. Naveen has more than 13 years of work experience in Advanced Engineering and Oil and Gas, in particular the subsea pipeline design and installation. He has 1 patent and over 40 publications. He is highly experienced with pipelay methods (S-lay, J-lay and Reel-lay), mooring and weld repair analyses. He worked on several vessels that include mainly the Saipem installation vessels: Castoro 6, Castoro 10, Castoro 1 and Castoro 7. He supported installation engineering field operations for Statoil, BP, Hess, Saudi Aramco, NuStar, Chevron, Williams, Total, Conoco Philips and Nexxen. He is a Professional Engineer registered in Texas and also a Charted Engineer from IMechE, UK.

Peter Moles, Director of Emerging Technology, Oceaneering International Inc.

Peter Moles has been with Oceaneering for over 25 years filling multiple management and technical roles with most product and service businesses. He is currently Director of Emerging Technology with responsibilities for integrating new technology into product development. He was Director of Engineering for Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions with worldwide responsibility for project engineering and product development and prior, Worldwide Chief Engineer with OIE as manager of the Special Projects Group as well other engineering and operational positions. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is Professional Engineer registered in Texas and is a Project Management Professional. 

Subsea Awareness Course presenter Tim Lowry
Tim Lowry, Chief Engineer, Subsea Processing Technologies and R&D, TechnipFMC

Tim Lowry has held a variety of technical roles during his 15+ years of experience working in upstream / process engineering. His is currently Chief Engineer, Subsea Processing, for the Technologies and R&D group at TechnipFMC in Houston, TX. Prior to his current role, Tim was Principal Subsea Process Engineer at Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants (a TechnipFMC subsidiary), providing support for subsea projects with a primary focus on the development and deployment of emerging technology.

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
David Madden,  BSc, MIET,  Global Product Champion with Technip Umbilicals

Has worked for Technip and associated companies for more than 33 years, in the field of subsea umbilical design, engineering, management and product research & development. 
Currently working at the Technip Umbilicals Inc. (formerly DUCO Inc.) in Houston Texas, overseeing engineering activities relating to product design and manufacture on projects, and providing assistance to the sales & business development teams to support clients potential projects, and manage FEED studies.
Also participates in the API17E working group to edit the joint API17E/ISO13628-5 Subsea Umbilical Specification for the industry.

Graduated at the University of Northumbria in 1984 in Physical Electronics, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology. Spent 3 years at the Technip center for product development in Le Trait (France) being responsible for umbilical R&D activities within the group. During this time mainly involved in generating the design principles and rules used by other Technip engineers for designing umbilicals, particularly relating to electrical cables. 

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
Ashutosh Kak, Genesis Oil and Gas

Ashutosh has work experience with development planning, process engineering, and flow assurance groups. Ashutosh has been managing a large team of development planning, and production assurance professionals whilst consulting on projects as advisor. 

Ashutosh has conducted and lead various oil and gas engineering studies in development planning, operating scenario evaluation, specifying equipment design criteria, creating and reviewing technical documents. Ashutosh’s project experience includes managing studies from concept screening phase to helping asset teams in bench-marking, and troubleshooting. His project experiences include projects from US Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Latin America, and India. 

Don Wells SUT US Subsea Awareness Course Speaker
Don Wells, Founder and Chairman, Subsea Tieback Foundation

Don Wells recently retired as a Sr. Subsea Engineering Advisor in Hess Corporation's Developments organization where for 7 years he supported their worldwide Project and Technology Development needs. Prior to joining Hess he worked for Conoco / ConocoPhillips for 27 years where he held Engineering & Management positions on numerous subsea development projects around the world. Prior to joining Conoco he worked for Vetco Offshore as a design engineer in their Valve organization. 
Don graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Cooperative Education Certificate in 1978. It was during his Coop experience that he was introduced to the opportunities in the Petroleum Industry.
His industry activities include membership in API committee 17 (Subsea) where he has held various positions and he is currently Chairman of Committee 17N (Subsea Risk and Integrity Management), Founder and Chairman of the Subsea Tieback Foundation, member the advisory board of the Subsea Engineering program at Texas A&M University, and advisor of the ASME Collegiate Council.

Jake Keel Subsea Awareness Course
Jake Keel, Subsea Technical Services Engineer, BP

As a Subsea Technical Services Engineer, Jake supports a range of key subsea development projects by maintaining technical customer relationships across the Subsea sector in the region. Jake has a key role in supporting the Americas Subsea Sales team, supporting the Global Subsea Technical Services offer, and providing regional subsea technical support.

Michael Zaldivar Subsea Awareness Course

Michael Zaldivar, President and founder, Evoleap

Dr. Zaldivar has worked in flow assurance and real-time flow assurance systems for 16 years. In 2013, he represented BP as the multiphase flow and flow assurance expert in federal court during the Quantification phase of the Macondo trial. In 2012, he co-founded evoleap, a flow assurance company that offers consulting services and software to the upstream oil and gas market.

Christopher Curran, Speaker for SUT-US Subsea Awareness CourseChristopher Curran, Senior Consultant, CJC Enterprises

Christopher Curran is an independent consultant, having recently retired from BP where he was an Advisor within the Upstream Facilities Technology group.  He has worked in the areas of subsea condition monitoring and integrity management and has been active in developing subsea wireless communication technology.  His work covers many aspects of subsea systems and controls and he is a focal point within the industry for the development of High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems for application in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.  He is Chairman of API 17F Subsea Controls, API 17O HIPPS and API 17V for Subsea Safety.   He has over 30 years’ experience within the industry.  Christopher has a degree in Physics from Bristol University and is founding Chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology’s Houston Branch.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Society for Underwater Technology and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Don Schlater SUT-US Subsea Awareness Course Presenter
Don Schlater, BP Retired

Don Schlater has held both Technical and Sales management roles with the Castrol group of BP since late 1997. Prior to that he was the Director of Projects for FSSL (now Aker Solution). From 1986 to 1993 he started, developed and was General Manager for MacDermid Offshore Solutions business (formerly Marston Bentley). Prior to this he was product manager for Drilling Controls and Motion Compensation systems for Shaffer now National Oilwell Varco. He began his oilfield career with Exxon Production research after his USAF stay. He was an Air Force project manager at the Air Force Weapons lab working in the area of Nuclear weapons effect research.
He did both undergraduate and graduate work in Mechanical engineering at Tulane University.

SUT Subsea Awareness Course Speakers
5 experts from TechnipFMC presenting.

UT3 Issue Two 2018

UT3 is the online magazine of the Society for Underwater Technology. It is a new single authoritative source on subsea engineering for those that do not have time to look at the various subsea news sites.

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