Subsea Awareness Course

Starts: Mon, Sep 23, 2024 8:00 PM CST
Ends: Thu, Sep 26, 2024 5:00 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.


Some of our 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. 


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).

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.

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. In 2022, Carlos worked as a Sr. Project Scientist at SPL (Assured Flow Solutions) 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. In 2023, Carlos joined Wood as a Staff Flow Assurance Consultant to help lead projects on Flow Assurance and renewable energy synergies, provide guidance in the areas of technology and core competency and assist in the training and development of other Wood Flow Assurance personnel. 

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews, General Manager – Crondall Energy
Mark has nearly 30 years of engineering and project management experience in the energy industry, particularly with deepwater oil and gas field developments. Mark has managed energy projects through the entire project life cycle during his career, splitting his time between operators (Murphy / Hess / Maersk Oil / Reliance) and engineering contractors / consultants. He holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University (U.K.) and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional (PMP). Mark currently heads up Crondall’s Americas footprint where he has expanded his expertise to include renewables, energy abatement and other energy transition technologies.

Ian Still
Ian Still, Independent Contractor
Ian has over 30 years of subsea systems engineering experience in the hydrocarbon development and production processing industry, working in many global shallow and deepwater basins in his career. As principal systems engineer with Shell International he held the office of Subsea Systems Technical Authority contributing and validating the portfolio of concept identification, definition and execute projects in Brazil, GoM, Nigeria, Malaysia and Australia. He was accountable for HPHT 400°F and 20ksi subsea hardware development, subsea processing technology programs, and held authority over corporate technical standards for subsea equipment in addition to serving on API sub-committees. He holds an honors BSc in Engineering from Robert Gordon University, is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a member of the International Council of Systems Engineering.  

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

Note: Specific course content and structure subject to modification. For registration information contact us at click here.

Organizing Committee: SEO-Atlantic


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