Project Review Panel
As part of the OGIC project application process we have our Project Review Panel (PRP) which has members from both industry and academia. Our PRP members undertake technical reviews of project applications seeking OGIC’s support within their specialist area, assessing projects for their level of innovation, novelty and benefit to the oil and gas industry.
PRP members, work on an independent, voluntary basis.
OGIC’s project review panel comprises circa 30 independent technical specialists working across a range of oil and gas disciplines.
Should you be interested in joining our panel, please contact Ernie Lamza on email@example.com.
Alan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in both academic and industrial research and development. He holds a PhD in Robotic Actuation and Control and an MSc in Marine Engineering Research and Management.
Currently Senior Manager R&D and Technology with TechnipFMC (formerly Technip), Alan has worked on the development of new technologies for SURF and Subsea Processing System infrastructures and is currently in charge of Umbilical and Cable Research and Technology Governance.
PRP Relevant expertise in:
- Risers, Umbilicals & Cables, Flexible Technologies and Ancillary Products
- Analytical Structural Analysis of SURF Technologies
- Polymer and Metallic High Chrome Alloys Inspection, Testing and Reliability Assessment
- Nano-technologies and composites
- Robotics, Automation and Intelligent Control
Alan has been actively involved in the underwater business for over 37 years, having worked with ROV systems in both the commercial and military markets covering all roles that have included full system commissioning, training and offshore operations at a project management level.
A former Project Director of the NATO Submarine Rescue System and Director of Whittaker Engineering Alan is now semi-retired. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and the Society for Underwater Technology.
PRP Relevant expertise in:
- ROV Operations and Training
- ROV Inspection and Integration
- ROV Interface Tooling and Hydraulic Systems
- FPSO Turret Turning Systems
- Flexible Flowline Inspection and Repair
- Dive System Communications and Gas Analysis
In his position of Global technology Director Andrew is responsible for leading technology initiatives for INTECSEA, globally. He brings over 15 years’ experience in offshore oil and gas research and development and technical engineering management to INTECSEA. He has been engaged in multiple offshore developments where innovative engineering solutions were required to be deployed in areas of subsea pipelines, risers, welding, materials, advanced analysis and structural integrity to meet client requirements and successful technical delivery.
Andy joined BP with a PhD in geology, working in reservoir description & management before moving into business leadership roles and then into technology (leading global R&D programmes). Andy left BP in 2013 to consult on subsurface and technology activities mainly for Oil and Gas UK, establishing the UK Oil and Gas Technology Leadership Board.
His areas of expertise include petroleum geoscience, reservoir description, reservoir characterisation, EOR, reservoir management, digital oilfield, production operations, asset management, oil and gas technology overview.
Andy also teaches training courses and has been awarded an Honorary Professorship by Aberdeen University.
Chief Technology Officer
Annabel has a passion is for innovation, collaboration and the challenges of successfully implementing new technologies. She is currently Chief Technology Officer at Tendeka where she is responsible for a diverse technology portfolio, including sand control, inflow control and intelligent well management.
A Mechanical Engineer, she started work as Field Engineer for Schlumberger wireline gaining a broad experience in operations, conveyancing systems and the gathering and interpretation of petrophysical data. She then joined Petroline, broadening her experience in wireline and flow control technologies, and following their acquisition by Weatherford focussed on completion technology, and specifically open hole systems. While there she developed and commercialised several advanced completion systems and worked with multiple disciplines on the integration of downhole technologies, including wellbore clean-up, reservoir monitoring and fluids management systems.
Annabel was drawn to Tendeka by their wireless intelligent completion development programme, and is a firm believer that future technology should provide simplified solutions and improved compatibility with digital management.
Since gaining his degree Bob has worked for over 35 years exclusively in the drilling industry. His career started in the service sector later progressing to Operators, working his way through drilling engineering to senior well management roles. Bob has extensive experience working with semi submersibles, drillships, jack-ups and land rigs in areas such as the North Sea, Middle East, Russia, Norway and North Africa. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Relevant PRP expertise in:
- Well design, from concept to abandonment
- Well interventions
- Drilling and well intervention equipment
- Drilling fluids
- Cementing equipment and operations
- Well heads and Christmas trees
Bruce enjoyed a 29 year career in Drilling and Completions with BP in senior roles including HPHT Project Manager, Well Technology Manager, Asset Manager and latterly Well Engineering Team Leader. His career started in BP’s Sunbury Research Centre focussing on the development and deployment of new technology within the company. Bruce left BP in 2015 and has set up as an independent consultant working with clients including Oil and Gas UK.
Bruce’s areas of expertise include HPHT well engineering and field development; asset management; major project appraisal and review, and the application of new technology to wells projects.
He holds BSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Caroline is a Chartered Chemical Engineer who started her career at Wood Group in 2013 before moving to Genesis and then Xodus, with placements in a number of companies, including Talisman, DEO/Parkmead, BP, Dana and Fairfield. Currently Decommissioning Technical Authority at Xodus, she works with industry bodies, leading research and joint industry projects, including Decom North Sea’s Late Life Planning Portal.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Design of brownfield modifications
- Process debottlenecking
- OPEX reduction (MAH, SCE and maintenance rationalisation)
- Produced water re-injection design and operation
- Onshore operations support and production optimisation:
- Operational troubleshooting
- Increasing operating efficiency of process and utilities
- Improving energy efficiency
- Reducing environmental discharges
- Chemical/equipment trials
- Strategy definition and project framing
- Decommissioning preparations – isolations, supporting systems analysis and cleaning requirements
- Cost estimating
- Interface management (wells, topsides, subsea, vendors)
- Comparative Assessment and Independent Review
- Collaborative working and knowledge sharing
Core Specialist Services
A geologist by background, Craig has 34 years of experience in the core analysis industry. After 18 years working in the lab, Craig joined Helix RDS consultancy in 2002 and went on to found Core Specialist Services in 2010. Core Specialist Services are a consultancy specialising in the planning, design and management of core based studies.
His areas of expertise include core analysis (routine and SCAL), formation damage, general, EOR, low salinity EOR, coring technology, shale gas, formation evaluation, saturation height modelling, carbonates and carbon capture core studies.
Craig served as President of the Society of Core Analysts from 2012-13.
Dave is a Development Engineer with over 24 years of experience in the upstream oil & gas business. He has worked both on and offshore in a range of Process Engineering roles for a number of service and operating companies. Currently with Total, he has worked in the West of Shetland Lead Development Role, on international projects including shale gas and deepwater, as well as spending two years in an East African New Business Role. His current Total Exploration & Production UK position as Head of Technology Innovation within Strategy & Business actively involves him in a range of emerging technologies.
After serving an engineering apprenticeship in New Zealand, David completed various mining contracts in Australia and Zambia before moving to Aberdeen in 1979. Circle Offshore was established in 1984 specialising in mixed gas diving systems support. This evolved into Circle Technical Services expanding into the USA and Australia before acquisition by Proserv in 2005. David held a number of senior positions before retiring in 2014.
Building on his international sales & marketing expertise, David founded FirmaMentum in 2015 offering business development services to engineering companies, with specialisation in building new business in the GoM and Asia Pacific regions. He was a director of Decom North Sea for 6 years.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Subsea tooling involved in asset life extension, maintenance and decommissioning.
- Development of new product lines including water abrasive cutting, friction stud welding, pipe coating removal and dredge systems.
David graduated in geology in 1975 and initially worked offshore as a geologist in the North Sea before moving into management with Gearhart Geodata Services. Later, as General Manager, SE Asia, he opened and ran Gearhart’s first MWD base in the Far East.
David founded HRH Geology in 1989 to provide operational geology services to the oil industry. After creating their Gravitas and Winlog software HRH also innovated with the Spectra mass spectrometry system, coupling it with HRH’s GeoPlacer wellsite geologists’ portal to provide a unique wellsite offering to the oil industry. HRH is active in over 65 countries, deploying software, delivering training and placing geologists in a number of E&P environments.
In 2013 HRH Geology won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, followed by a second award in 2016 both in recognition of exceptional international growth.
David is now Executive Chairman of the company.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Oilfield Geology
- Business management
- Technology development
- Software development
Throughout his career, Erik-Jan has held a number of senior management positions, focusing on project and contract management, business development and driving international expansion in Chemical and Oil & Gas markets. As Executive Vice President for Stork UK & Africa, Erik-Jan is responsible for the management and support of the organisation, creating value adding business opportunities and developing the value proposition for major oil & gas operators and service companies in Stork’s target markets.
Erik-Jan has extensive experience and knowledge in Asset Integrity and Late Life Extension Services through to Decommissioning and is at the forefront of ensuring Stork add value at all stages of the asset lifecycle.
NSRI / Subsea 7
Gordon has been involved in the Subsea sector since 1994 initially offshore on Diving vessels and latterly in an engineering capacity. Gordon has a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD focussed on the “Condition Monitoring strategies and techniques for Static plant” published in 2004. This was the outcome of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme between Imes Group and the Robert Gordon University.
Most recently and currently Gordon has been administering the Subsea 7 Technology budget and process, sponsoring the good ideas that take the company forward in emerging markets of deeper water, more hostile environments and more aggressive (High Pressure, High Temperature) / Corrosive production fluids.
He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Engineer. Gordon is now NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative) Project Director, the technology arm of Subsea UK, a body specialising in the support for developmental activities in the subsea arena. This post he holds concurrently with being Subsea 7’s Global Technology Manager.
Robert Gordon University
Professor Steel has been Head of the School of Engineering at The Robert Gordon University (RGU) since 2007.
He was previously Academic Head of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he worked since completing his PhD, in 1991. Professor Steel has a strong research background in monitoring and diagnostics using novel applications of acoustic emission. His work has involved extensive collaboration with industry from across Europe for applications to reciprocating machines and in particular monitoring and management of power generating engines. Recent work included Sand monitoring using Acoustic Emission and Optimisation of offshore wind turbine maintenance.
He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Acoustics, vibration transmission and acoustic emission
- Machine condition monitoring maintenance and management using novel sensor systems
- Machine Dynamics
- Mechanical Engineering
Ian has experience in excess of 30 years with Operators, Tier One Contractors and Service Companies in the areas of Logistics, DGPS Positioning and IT Systems/Services Management. Ian is a graduate of the Open University with a BSc (Hons) majoring in Environmental Management and obtaining a Diploma in Pollution Control.
His areas of expertise include IT Programme Management; Software Development Lifecycles; General Business, Offshore & Subsea Applications including ERP, Asset Management, Reporting & Pipe Fabrication Management tools.
Ian is a Chartered IT Professional (British Computer Society).
Jacco has over 20 years experience with Operators and major Service Companies in both engineering and commercial management roles. He entered the Oil & Gas industry with an international business degree and then went on to develop his technical expertise in ROV/Diver intervention, commissioning, and asset integrity, topsides and subsea.
Jacco has an MSc in Oil & Gas engineering from Robert Gordon University, and is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology. He is currently responsible for the integrity and production availability of TOTAL’s Northern North Sea Subsea Assets.
Initially active in the subsea survey, inspection and positioning sector as a Survey Engineer with Udi Group in Aberdeen; later with Racal Survey in USA for mainly government and military underwater projects. From 2012, General Manager at Caledonian Geotech (part of Specialist Subsea Services), and later in business development with Autonomous Surface Vehicles.
Currently co-owner of Attolo providing Management Consultancy and Corporate Marketing & Events.
Holds a BA in Business Management, is a Project Management Professional and member of the Chartered Management Institute.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Hydrographic & Geophysical Surveying
- Geotechnical Investigations
- ROV based inspections
- Underwater & Surface Positioning
- Autonomous Underwater & Autonomous Surface Vehicles
- Sonar, Acoustics, LIDAR and GNSS
- Data Management & Data Processing flows.
Jeremy joined the upstream oil and gas industry in 1985 working for BP Exploration as a Petroleum Engineer in technical and business roles in Aberdeen , Norway and London. In 1991 he joined TOTAL where he has spent the last 26 years in various development and project assignments in Aberdeen, France, Thailand and Norway. This work included the management of the development studies for Total’s deepwater AKPO FPSO and subsea facilities offshore Nigeria as well as the recent Laggan-Tormore West of Shetland long distance subsea tie-back to the Shetland Gas Plant.
Later roles have taken him into the area of Technology Innovation and, after a spell at Total’s Geoscience and Research Centre in Aberdeen, he has recently moved to Norway as the Research & Development Department Manager.
Jeremy is a non-executive director on the board of the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
PRP relevant expertise in :
- Project management.
- Field development planning and economic evaluation.
- Deepwater and subsea technology.
- Technology innovation and development.
- Marginal field development.
Kevin is Managing Director of Solab, an Aberdeen based IT services company specialising in IT support, training and application development, having set the company up over 24 years ago. Kevin is also the Founder of Onboard Tracker, the online tracking, operations and certification hub that enhances the visibility and safety of your people, crews and assets around the world.
A highly experienced IT professional certified by Microsoft, VMware and CISCO, Kevin’s key strengths are Management, Operations, Sales and Marketing. Other specialisations include Software, Databases, Agile Methodology, Crewing Operations, Certification and Competence.
Kim is a Development Engineer with Total, and has been working within an operating environment in the upstream oil & gas industry since 1993. She has worked in Aberdeen, the Netherlands and in France; and her background includes roles in Field Operations & Business Development.
She is currently Commercial and Development Leader for Total’s Northern North Sea asset, focusing on late life asset strategy. Her areas of experience include asset life extension, production optimisation, prospect evaluation and decommissioning.
Kim is a Chartered Member of the IChemE, with a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.
Senior Production Technologist, Principal Technical Expert and Team Lead – Perforating for Shell’s global business, with a focus on delivering well performance and safety from effective perforating. He runs a functional team of Subject Matter Experts and focal points throughout the Shell Global organization to help deliver results at field level. Mark has a BSc from Edinburgh University and has 36 years of industry experience covering many of the operating areas across the world. He is Chair of API RP 19B Perforating committee and President and co-founder of the International Perforating Forum, as well as www.perforators.org an industry group dedicated to the advancement of perforating technology.
He is active with the SPE as Chairman of the SPE Energy Information Committee, an SPE Aberdeen Board Member, an SPE Journal Associate Editor Drilling & Completions and has presented numerous papers at conferences. He is also a member of the Energy Institute. He travels widely throughout Shell’s global assets to provide advanced training in Perforating Optimization and detailed help with delivering optimal inflow performance from the more complex reservoirs. He is also working with several manufacturers and contractors to develop new perforating technologies and is inventor and co-inventor of several systems under development. He has worked extensively over many years in Product Development and GameChanger technology.
Martin has over 30 years experience in well construction and drilling technologies. Operational and development roles both with service companies and operators define a broad experience background. He has been instrumental at various levels, in the development of products and services in the fields of drilling, production and environmental remediation across Europe, Africa and North America and understands the need for clear commercialisation plans as a technology development strategy.
Mike has 25 years of drilling, logging and intervention experience associated with technology conception, engineering, manufacture and market introduction.
Initially a wireline engineer followed by responsibilities for the specification, design and function of surface drilling equipment and integrated systems (rigs). Worked for Welltec on intervention robotics and @balance facilitating the introduction of Automated Managed Pressure Drilling Systems which are now a widely used service through Schlumberger.
Currently a Senior Research Engineer in the Drilling Technology Team for Aramco’s Advanced Research Center in Aberdeen.
A Mechanical Engineer and IMechE and SPE Member, Mike has originated multiple technical publications / presentations and international patents pending related to well control, drilling and completions.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Drilling – surface and downhole technologies, including mechanisation / automation for increased safety and efficiency, well control, human factors, managed pressure and underbalanced drilling techniques.
- Intervention technologies, including robotic type systems and coiled tubing drilling.
Favourite quote related to work: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
A Self Employed experienced and versatile B2B, strategy, general management, sales & marketing, decommissioning, manufacturing, engineering and contracting management consultant.
As a qualified mechanical engineer Nigel brings expertise and learning from senior leadership positions with Corning, Amec, Aecom and KDC. Latterly CEO of Decom North Sea and now undertaking various consultancy engagements in the oil & gas and related markets.
International sector experience in nuclear, oil gas & power, decommissioning, pharma, energy & utilities, water, waste, telecoms.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Innovation & technology commercialisation,
- Water treatment
- Waste management
Clyde and Tay Group
Paul has experience across a number of sectors but specifically decommissioning. Currently a Non-Executive Director at Decom North Sea for Marine & Logistics he is involved in a number of ongoing projects. Paul is passionate about the development of new and innovative technologies which can positively impact the industry.
Core Specialist Services
Richard has 27 years of experience in the core analysis industry. After 25 years working in the lab, most recently as the SCAL lab supervisor for Core Lab in Aberdeen, Richard joined Core Specialist Services in 2013. Core Specialist Services are a consultancy specialising in the planning, design and management of core based studies.
His expertise includes Core analysis (routine and SCAL), formation damage, general EOR, low salinity EOR, laboratory QA/QC, core flood simulation.
University of Aberdeen
Richard has a mechanical engineering background, with extensive experience of applied research and working with the oil and gas sector through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and joint industry projects. His recent work has focused around novel methods for underwater cutting and lifting for the decommissioning of offshore structures. He is one of the instigators of the MSc in Decommissioning which has been launched by the University of Aberdeen.
Chartered process engineer, petroleum economist and manager with 21 years oil and gas experience – 14 years consulting and 7 years in an operating company (Shell). I have held increasingly senior management roles since 2006, but throughout, have continued to spend the majority of my time carrying out technical work and generating project deliverables.
Combining engineering with economics gives me a strong bottom line focus in everything I do. I am consistently able to identify and capitalise on opportunities to create value. Since Sept 2011 I have created and grown a business from inception up to 20 staff at its peak, with 40 E&P company customers and cumulative revenue of £8million. I have experience of managing large engineering studies.
Scott has 30 years oil and gas industry upstream experience working at Director level, General Management, Business Development, Regional Sales and Operational Management. He has a wide range of business management in topside, subsea & subsurface operational areas, manufacturing and aftermarket disciplines. Scott has set up, registered and opened three companies in the Middle East and Asia in Bahrain, Dubai and Singapore as start up overseas companies, held Director positions managing JV partners, worked closely with Government and NOC officials in his career to date.
He is an extremely results driven thinker with a dynamic and flexible approach to strategic business development and general management including risk review.
Scott is Managing Director of Analysis Logic Limited, an Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) consulting company in Aberdeen. He has a degree in Electronic & Information Engineering and over 25 years’ experience developing and managing technology solutions across surface and downhole logging, MWD, real-time drilling and geological software.
His areas of expertise include design, development, support and management of software, electronic and instrumentation technology solutions for the upstream oil & gas industry and ICT systems management, as well as Mud logging, sub-surface, real-time systems and WITSML.
R2S – Return To Scene, part of James Fisher PLC
Sean is a former military diver for the U.S. Navy, economic consultant with Nathan Associates, Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department, focused on business growth and inward investment, and Senior Lecturer on Robert Gordon University’s MBA programme. He has 20 years of experience in international project and programme management in various nations including Russia, Albania and Indonesia.
His expertise includes operations and financial management, technical leadership and strategic planning for private and public sector organisations.
Currently Director of Operations at R2S and owner of TNE Limited and Keystone Games.
Sean has an MA in Geography, was a U.S. Navy 2nd class diver and has qualifications in programme and project management.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Subsea/diving technology
- Operations management
- Asset management
- Software development and deployment
Crondall Energy Subsea
Stephen has 30 years experience in pipeline and subsea engineering working with a subsea design company, an EPC installation contractor, an operator and two specialist subsea engineering consultancies. His technical experience covers the complete oil & gas facilities lifecycle from first concepts to operations. His main focus is in early (pre-sanction) field development engineering working directly for an operator and as a specialist consultant. He has been closely involved in the development of new technologies for both oil and gas pipelines and in a radical technology for the maintenance of large wind turbines.
His management experience includes Joint MD of Andrew Palmer and Associates and MD of Boreas Consultants. He is currently MD of Crondall Energy Subsea Limited.
Managing Director – Well Decom
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry, having held senior positions in Norway, London and Aberdeen. He is a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals (FIMMM). He is also registered as a European Engineer (EurIng) and is a member of both the Institute of Directors (MIoD) and the international Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Steve’s background is in all aspects of Well Construction (drilling, completions, workovers and abandonment) and Subsurface (geoscience, reservoir engineering, production engineering). He has also spent 10 years working in unconventional resources (coal bed methane, shale gas and tight gas) and CO2 storage.
Over 36 years experience in the oil and gas industry mostly with Shell with last position as Principal Technical Expert for Upstream Materials. Primarily involved in materials, corrosion, welding, inspection and integrity management. Experienced in oil & gas production, refining, chemicals, and R&D sectors and worked in UK, Netherlands, Norway and Malaysia.
Currently independent materials & corrosion adviser and director of Arbeadie Consultants based in Banchory.
Holds Ph.D and B.Sc (Eng) in Metallurgy from Imperial College London and is a Chartered Engineer, Professional Member IOM3, Senior Member of TWI, and Member of Institute of Corrosion. Chair of Imperial College Materials external advisory panel. Previously chair of EFC Oil & Gas working party.
PRP relevant expertise in:
- Materials selection and application
- Materials technology
- Corrosion engineering
- Welding and inspection technology
- Integrity management
- Coatings and fabric maintenance
- Quality assurance and control
- Subsea engineering
- Pipeline integrity
Independent Decommissioning Consultant
In Stuart’s most recent role, he was responsible for decommissioning and abandonment strategy, operations planning, decommissioning engineering, peer review work and cost analysis. He has 28 years experience in working on oil & gas installations and decommissioning projects and has carried out decommissioning studies and work on installations in the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Malaysia to name but a few, and the UK.
Stuart Heggie has also given a number of private training courses to Oil Operators on all aspects of decommissioning in China.