Aberdeen,       Scotland

Prepared the structural and layout drawings required for the installation of a subsea dive spread on the semi-submersible MSV Stadive during post delivery outfitting in readiness for its first project in the North Sea.

Followed by the development of a collapsible stairway for escape from offshore platforms a project, the project did not proceed past initial tests, until it was resurrected following comments in Lord Cullen's report on the Piper Alpha Disaster many years later.

The report requested that emergency access for platform personnel down from the top deck to the sea for rescue, be provided on all offshore platforms.

I later worked on this same project as Project Manager through to final testing ready for intallation on a platform for operational trails and evaluation.

Continue this Project at PEARSON REELOTECH

Dry-Docks in Aberdeen

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 Other Relevant Experience

Originally from a shipbuilding background, I have considerable and varied experience in Marine & Offshore Design and possess a disciplined approach including the motivation to work without supervision or as a member of a project team dedicated to the ultimate goal.

I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to gain in depth experience in a variety of other disciplines in both the Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries. In 1975 & 76 I worked on the layout & fabrication detailing for the drilling & process areas on the SEDCO 471 drillship and their Semi-submersible STADRILL in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

During 1988 & 89 I visited Tri-Ocean Eng. in Calgary, Alberta, where I produced the structural & mechanical layout and details of the Mud Sack Storage module on the North Sea platform Statfjord B, after completing the structural draughting on a road transported Pea Shooter rig which I later repeated, including systems and mechanical layouts.

Before moving to Ontario, I prepared the conceptual design drawings of the complete topside drilling facility for the Australian offshore platform North Rankin A, this included design and detail covering the structural, mechanical and electrical disciplines, 99 of the 116 completed drawings.

After working in the Earl & Wright's San Francisco office in 1981, I was sent to Hyundai Heavy Industries yard, Ulsan, South Korea to assist in the Engineering Co-ordination of variations to existing 700 Series designs being incorporated in the 800 Series of Semi-Submersible Rigs.

In 1992 Pearson Reelotech offered me the opportunity to manage the design, detailing, fabrication and initial testing of the prototype of a retractable stairway to aid the rapid evacuation of personnel from offshore installations down to sea level into liferafts or rescue craft.

This was a very interesting project to handle, having already done preliminary development on the same concept in 1983 at Seaforth Maritime prior to the Cullen Report on the Piper Alpha disaster. It involved the design, detailing, fabrication with intermediate & final testing to gain the approval of Lloyds, with a electro-mechanical lifting arrangement on a separate enclosure located on top of the assembly storage deck house.

The stairway having been winched up into the deck house was released when the alarm was raised or the entry door latch was activated allowing access down the staircase, after final testing the prototype was installed on a Conoco platform for offshore evaluation.

In 1994 having entered the world of CAD the previous year, when during a quiet work period I bought my first computer paid for one on one tuition at Loughborough University, I visited SubSea Offshore in Aberdeen for my first complete project with AutoCAD .

I was involved along with a dedicated Engineer to complete the structural design and detail of various pieces of heavy handling equipment to install and control the access riser/conductors onto the top of the tether caps, which were located on the casing below the sea level. This allowed access down through the tether of inspection and x ray equipment for periodical inspections on the ‘Heidrun’ tension leg platform.

Recently I gained FPSO experience at Nevesbu in Holland & Harland & Wolff in Belfast on Bluewater's Glas Dowr and BP's Schiehallion projects also working on the design detailing of Sedco's latest deep water semi-submersible drilling rigs at MSC in Schiedam in The Netherlands.

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