Subsea Awareness Course

Starts: Mon, Feb 13, 2023 8:00 AM CST
Ends: Thu, Feb 16, 2023 4:00 PM CST
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The SUT-US Subsea Awareness training provides 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 upcoming training is planned to take place in-person in Houston, Texas as shown in the program below. The confirmed venue will be posted soon.

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.

Cost full course
SUT members - $3,500
Non-members - $3,800

Cost per session
SUT members - $875
Non-members - $950

Registration cost includes meals, and the SUT-US is working on confirmation for subsea facility tours including umbilicals, subsea trees, and Oceaneering.

SUT corporate members interested in group registration, register 10 employees for the cost of 7. Click here to contact us.

Course Program

Day 1: 

Field Development Planning

Systems Engineering

Development Strategies Shell

Floating Production Systems

Flow Assurance

Wood PLC
17325 Park Row 
Houston, TX 77084
Co-Lab, Stallion Building

Day 2: 

Subsea Trees

Subsea Completions

Manifolds & Tie In Systems

Systems Integration

Systems Approach

Generation Park
13460 Lockwood Rd
Houston, TX 77055



Day 3: 

Subsea Controls

Control Fluids

Subsea Operations Case Study


Pipeline Installation

11911 FM 529
Houston, TX 77041

Day 4: 


Subsea Processing

Operators Perspectives

Offshore Renewables
Supporting Subsea
Oil & Gas Operations

Wood PLC
17325 Park Row 
Houston, TX 77084
Co-Lab, Stallion Building

The Presenters

Tricia Hill, President and Chair, SUT – US Branch

Tricia Hill is a Georgia Tech graduate with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree. Tricia has been in the offshore oil and gas industry for almost 25 years with substantial experience in flexible pipe design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, and commercial operations. In 2021, Tricia joined NOV Fiberglass Systems where she is Sales Director for the Marine and Offshore markets. Tricia has been a member of the Society of Underwater Technology since 2015, a Fellow member since 2019, and President and Chair of the US branch starting in 2021. With her leadership, SUT-US started a mentorship program, launched the 1st on-line engineering competition for college students and young professionals, and developed the Women in Industry special interest group. 

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 Speaker
James 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
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 Presenter
Dr. 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 Retiree

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.

Carlos Avila

Carlos Avila has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa. Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela. Subject matter expert on Multiphase Flow, Multiphase Flow Conditioning, Gas/Liquid and Liquid/Liquid separation and Compact separation (14+ years in Chevron). Experience in Flow Assurance from design phase to operations support. Multiphase Flow and Droplet size prediction expertise for Separation and Flow Assurance applications. Experience as Research & Development (R&D) program manager. Expertise in Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC) separator from design to operations support for both metering and debottlenecking applications. Carlos is enthusiastic mentoring on different topics including Multiphase Flow and GLCC separator to engineers, interns, and university students. Interests in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multiphase Flow Metering. Dr. Avila holds multiple patents and has authored and co-authored over 25 publications. In 2021, Dr. Avila created “Avila Multiphase Flow Consulting, LLC” to provide training and technical services in the Multiphase Flow area. Carlos is currently a Sr. Project Scientist at Assured Flow Solutions (an SPL company) applying Project Management skills, technical oversight, QA/QC to Flow Assurance experimental projects for Major Operating Oil Companies and Chemical suppliers and providing modeling support on Transient Multiphase Flow and Droplet size prediction.

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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