Shawn Williamson

Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S.

Shawn Williamson is a Well Project Team Leader at BHP Petroleum in Houston, Texas.  He previously worked in Permitting Manager and Geohazards Interpreter roles with BHP.  Prior to joining BHP in 2003, Shawn was a Geosciences Team Manager with Fugro GeoServices. He has over 24 years of petroleum industry experience and has performed shallow hazards assessments for offshore wells and field developments in the Gulf of Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, Brazil, Nigeria, Gabon, Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Myanmar, and South China Sea.  While at BHP, he has participated in well planning teams for over 60 deepwater wells plus more than 20 prospects yet to be drilled.  He was responsible for planning, acquisition, and integration of the geophysical and geotechnical site investigation program for the Shenzi Field. 
Shawn is a Fellow of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT).  He previously served as Chair of the SUT-US Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics Committee (OSIG).  
Shawn holds a B.S. degree in Geology from Millsaps College and a M.S. degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.  He is a licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Texas. 

Current Position at SUT
Member, OSIG-H Short Courses Subcommittee
Fellow, Society for Underwater Technology

Bachelors of Science, Millsaps College, 1994
Masters of Science, Texas A&M University, 1996

Employment Experience
  • Well Project Team Leader – Trinidad & Tobago, BHP Petroleum, October 2018 - Present
  • Permitting Supervisor – Gulf of Mexico Exploration, BHP Petroleum, February 2017 - October 2018
  • Staff Geophysicist – Geohazards Interpreter, BHP Billiton Petroleum, July 2003 - February 2017
  • Multiple positions culminating in Geosciences Team Manager, Fugro-McClelland/ Fugro GeoServices, December 1996 – July 2003
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, August 1994 – December 1996
  • Cooperative (Co-op) Geologist, Bureau of Land Management, May 1992 – August 1994

Professional Interests
Shallow drilling hazards assessments, offshore site investigations for oil and gas field development, salt-related drilling hazards, well planning

HSEC Award: Environment Category - Highly Commended, BHP Billiton, Shenzi Subsea Architecture Optimization, 2006

Licenses & Certifications
Texas Professional Geoscientist License No. 382

SUT Houston on Facebook SUT Houston on Twitter SUT Houston on Linkedin