1981        SEDCO  DRILLING  Co.

Hyundai Heavy Industries,      Ulsan,      South Korea

Having work previously on  the construction of SEDCO 471 Drillship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I was hired to assist with the engineering co-ordination of new series of semi-submersibles under construction in South Korea.

This post was required due to the variations in existing designs, which had been amalgamated for the new series of semi-submersible drilling rigs being detailed for fabrication at Hyundai's Ulsan yard.

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.

     South East Drilling Company

 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 1985 at Deborah Services on Tyneside I handled the HVAC fabrication detailing on three process modules for Marathon's Brea B platform, which including internal and external ducting. Cape Contracts engaged me the following year to do a similar project including the Plant Room layout & structural fan support design, when BP retained my services till load out for installation trouble shooting on their South East Forties platform modules on Teeside.

In 1988 I visited Durban in South Africa to assist with the set-up of DSL Contracts offshore division who were also engaged in the Fire Wall design, fabrication & erection as well as the HVAC and resulting interface with A0, A60 and H120 walls and doors.

Cape Contracts recalled me in 1991 to handle the process & accommodation HVAC systems on the Saltire, Tiffany, Piper B and Ravenspurn platforms, often working alone from and modifying the Flow Line Diagrams as the projects progressed.

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 1992 valuable experience was gained with trips offshore to the Piper B platform during its final stages of HVAC Commissioning leading up to the production of first oil. During 1993 I visited Abu Dhabi for Booth Industries to supervise the erection of A60 & H120 Firewalls for final certification.

Further commissioning was handled in Holland on the drilling facilities of the Alba Project prior to load out, followed by a trip to the Shell Auk platform to investigate area pressurisation differentials to compile a report on the safety standards with recommended modifications

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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