Subsea Awareness Course

Starts: Fri, Jun 19, 2020 8:00 AM CST
Ends: Fri, Jul 10, 2020 4:00 PM CST
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Online Training Subsea Awareness Course
The SUT-US Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee (SEO) is excited to announce the first edition of the Subsea Awareness Online training, providing foundational knowledge for individuals entering the industry and those needing a refresher on operational perspectives and latest technology. The training offers industry professionals a broad introduction to subsea, covering the various sectors, operations and emerging technologies. 
The online course is comprised of 3 sessions held over a 3-week period, as shown in the course program below.

Who should attend
Engineers, managers, financial analysts, and others new to the offshore industry, or those transferring from other disciplines within the industry. This course is also great for engineers who have worked in subsea previously but would benefit from a refresher course and exposure to the latest technology.

SUT members - $2,400
Non-members - $2,550

Course Program

June 19, 2020

8.15am – 8.30am Introduction to Subsea Awareness Course Day 1
Tricia Hill (SUT-US)
8.30am – 10.00am Field Development Planning
Lynne Whitworth (Genesis Oil and Gas)
10.15am – 11.15am Systems Engineering
11.30am – 12.30pm Development Strategies - Shell
James Seaver (Shell)
13.00pm – 14.00pm Floating Production Systems
Manoj Jegannathan (Genesis Oil and Gas)
14.00pm – 15.00pm Flow Assurance
Michael Saldivar (Evoleap)
15.00pm – 16.00pm Pipeline Installation
Naveen Ravirala (Subsea 7)

June 26, 2020
8.15am – 8.30am Introduction to Subsea Awareness Course Day 2
Devvrat Rathore (Axip)
8.30am – 9.30am Subsea Trees
Justin Brushett (TechnipFMC)
9.45am – 10.45am Subsea Completions
Laith Stuart (TechnipFMC)
11.00am – 12.00am Manifolds & Tie In Systems
Eric Stagner (TechnipFMC)
12.30pm – 13.30pm Systems Integration
Laith Stuart (TechnipFMC)
13:45pm – 14:30pm Systems Approach
Denver Tsui (TechnipFMC)
14.45pm – 15.45pm ROVs
Mark Alan Stevens  (Microsoft)

July 10, 2020
8.15am – 9.30am Introduction to Subsea Awareness Course Day 3 & Subsea Controls
Chris Curran (CJC Enterprises)
9.45am – 10.45am Control Fluids
Chuyan Nah (BP)
11.00am – 12.00pm Subsea Operations Case Study
Mark Siegmund (Aquila Engineering)
12.30pm – 13.30pm Umbilicals
Steve Johnson (Chevron)
13.45pm – 15.00pm Subsea Processing
Tim Lowry (BP)
15.00pm – 16.00pm Operators Perspectives
Steve Johnson (Chevron)

The Presenters

Tricia Hill, Chair, Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee (SEO-SUT-US)

Tricia Hill is a Georgia Tech graduate with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree. Tricia has 20 years in the subsea oil and gas industry with substantial experience in flexible pipe design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, and commercial operations. Her professional interests focus on dynamic risers and flexible pipe. Mrs. Hill has 20 years of professional experience designing, testing, analyzing, and manufacturing flexible pipe.


Lynne WhitworthLynne Whitworth, Senior Supervising Engineer: Advisory Development Planning, Genesis Oil and Gas

More than thirty-five years of experience covering production facilities engineering, risk assessment, and engineering management. Managed facilities engineering of offshore unloading facilities for LNG and developed regulatory filing documents. Managed and performed multiple concept and front-end studies of onshore, deepwater and shallow-water production systems in the Arctic, Bass Strait, Brazil, Caribbean, Central Asia, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Middle East, North Sea, Sakhalin, Southeast Asia, and West Africa regions. Supervisory experience includes both work group and project management for flow assurance, wellbore / flowline / process system optimization, consequence analysis, and risk assessment. Project experience includes execution of the Allegheny TLP topsides, design audits, facilities design assurance, interface management, and bid review. Operations experience includes onshore gas-plant process surveillance and offshore platform operations. 

James Seaver SUT-US SpeakerJames Seaver, Principal Technical Expert – Subsea, Shell

Jim Seaver works for Shell in Houston as Principal Technical Expert – Subsea, with responsibility for managing the global subsea skillpool, and providing support to subsea projects and assets. Jim has spent all his 40-year career in subsea project delivery within Shell, starting in the North Sea with the Central Cormorant and Draugen developments, followed by assignments in the Far East, with the Malampaya Gas to Power Project and Prelude FLNG, and the US, with Mars A, strategic supplier arrangements and pre-DG3 developments for Nigeria. Jim has previously participated in the delivery of the SUT Subsea Awareness Course in Houston for several years. Jim holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology and an MSc in Production Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin.

Manoj Jegannathan, Senior Specialist - Naval Architecture, TechnipFMC

Manoj received a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Marine Engineering from Anna University at Chennai, India in 2008, and a Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011. After his graduate studies he began working with SBM Offshore performing engineering design and execution activities for FPSO conversion and Relocation Projects. Additionally, he conceived and led a program for 100+ engineers from various disciplines to share key aspects of marine systems design and practical implications of design. He joined TechnipFMC in 2012 as a naval architect and held other engineering roles such as Offshore Lead and Field Engineer, Pre-service and Fjord Engineer, Marine Operations/ Installation Engineer, and currently holds a position as Senior Specialist - Naval Architecture (Genesis Americas).

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.

Dr. Naveen Ravirala SUT-US PresenterDr. Naveen Ravirala, Lead Engineer, Subsea 7

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. He is presently working at Subsea 7 as Lead Engineer.

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.

Chuyan Nah SUT-US Subsea Awareness Course Speaker Chuyan Nah, Technical Services Engineer, BP Castrol – North America

Chuyan Nah is currently Technical Services Engineer, BP Castrol -North America, based in Houston, TX. Previous roles include Senior Subsea Hydraulic System Engineer, and Project Engineer for Aker Solutions. Chuyan has more than 10 years of experience in Subsea Oil and Gas industry. Chuyan’s specialties include Lubrication, Subsea Production Control Systems, Hydraulic Analysis, Subsea Hydraulic Control Fluids, Drilling Riser. Chuyan earned his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of South Alabama.

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.

Mark Siegmund SUT-US Speaker Mark Siegmund, Director: Stakeholder Engagement, Aquila Engineering

With a BSc in Petroleum Engineering, Mark has gained over thirty years of global experience in Subsea Production & Deepwater Well Engineering. Mark was employed with BP for over 20 years where he held Subsea leadership roles in projects and operations, and is a recognized Subject Matter Expert on the application of Subsea & Wells Reliability Engineering. Within Industry, Mark has chaired the API17N committee on Subsea Reliability & Technical Risk Management and is chairman of the IOGP Well Expert Committee’s BOP Reliability Task Force. In January 2016, Mark was elected to chair the oversight committee for the newly launched BOP Performance JIP which is focused on industry-wide reliability improvements to BOP systems. 

Steven Johnson, Chevron

Steven Johnson has been designing subsea production systems for 40 years. For the first 20, he was based in London, working for Engineering Contractors, supporting Operators on multiple subsea projects, in the UKCS, Norway and Mediterranean, from conceptual design, through FEED and manufacture to installation and commissioning, including the Argyll subsea separator. He was actively involved with the SUT when in London, regularly attending networking meetings. With this move to Houston, he initially worked for an engineering company, and has been with Chevron for 14 years. Projects have included Jack St Malo, where he introduced the subsea multiphase pumps. Currently, he is working in the central engineering management team, acting as an internal consultant on multiple projects. He has worked on subsea projects in UKCS, West Africa, West Australia, Caribbean, Far East, South America, Barents Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.
He is a Fellow of the SUT, and a member for over 20 years in both London and Houston, where he has been on the Executive Committee and was Vice Chair for the Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee. Until recently, he was Co-Chair for the DeepStar Long Distance Tie-Backs committee, and is actively perusing new subsea technology opportunities.

Past attendees include:
- Shell
- BP
- Chevron
- BHP Billiton
- Halliburton
- Southwest Electronic Energy Inc.
- Saipem America Inc.
- Instituto Tecnologico del Petroleo y Energia
- Anadarko
- Endeavor Management

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