Subsea Awareness Course

Don Schlater, BP Retired
Don Schlater has held both Technical and Sales management roles with the Castrol group of BP since late 1997. Prior to that he was the Director of Projects for FSSL (now Aker Solution). From 1986 to 1993 he started, developed and was General Manager for MacDermid Offshore Solutions business (formerly Marston Bentley). Prior to this he was product manager for Drilling Controls and Motion Compensation systems for Shaffer now National Oilwell Varco. He began his oilfield career with Exxon Production research after his USAF stay. He was an Air Force project manager at the Air Force Weapons lab working in the area of Nuclear weapons effect research.
He did both undergraduate and graduate work in Mechanical engineering at Tulane University.

Mark Siegmund, Wells Reliability Advisor - BP Global Wells Organization
With a BSc in Petroleum Engineering, Mark has gained over thirty years of global experience in Subsea Production & Deepwater Well Engineering. For the last 20 years, Mark’s has been employed by BP where he has held Subsea leadership roles in projects and operations and is a recognized Subject Matter Expert on the application of Subsea & Wells Reliability Engineering. 
Mark is currently a member of BP’s Rig Engineering team where he provides leadership & expertise on Wells & BOP reliability issues both internally and externally.  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.  

Christopher Curran, 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.

Colin McCrae BEng (Hons), Principal Process Engineer, Genesis
- Education: BEng (Honors) in Chemical Engineering - UMIST, Manchester, UK

- Working Experience: More than 10 years of process engineering experience in oil and gas in the UK North Sea and worldwide. Expert in Dynamic Simulation and Operator Training Simulators (OTS). Conducted full life cycle dynamic process simulations from initial model build, to design verification, engineering studies, and conversion to OTS. Significant Operations Support experience. Over three years’ experience working alongside onshore and offshore management, providing process support to North Sea production operations.

-Teaching Experience: Facilitated Operator Training Simulator (OTS) sessions for Nexen, using the Genesis in-house OTS simulation software. Have presented the dynamic simulation module of the Genesis process training course, and have presented technical material to clients following engineering studies.

Peter Moles, Director of Emerging Technology, Oceaneering International Inc.
Peter Moles has been with Oceaneering for over 25 years filling multiple management and technical roles with most product and service businesses. He is currently Director of Emerging Technology with responsibilities for integrating new technology into product development. He was Director of Engineering for Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions with worldwide responsibility for project engineering and product development and prior, Worldwide Chief Engineer with OIE as manager of the Special Projects Group as well other engineering and operational positions. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is Professional Engineer registered in Texas and is a Project Management Professional. 

UT3 Issue One 2017

UT3 is the online magazine of the Society for Underwater Technology. It is a new single authoritative source on subsea engineering for those that do not have time to look at the various subsea news sites.

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