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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Offshore Engineering experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Offshore Engineering landscape.
This expert began a career in the oil industry working summers offshore on several production platforms as a roustabout, before earning both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Petroleum Engineering.
This expert worked as a roughneck then joined a petroleum company as a Drilling Representative/Engineer and was involved in the design and well site supervision of drilling, completion and workover operations on over 200 wells, ranging in depths from 1,000' to over 17,000', in conventional, tight sand and shale reservoirs. This expert was the onsite operator representative overseeing operations performed by drilling, completion and workover rig companies and various subcontractors. This expert's drilling experience includes PDC, roller cone, RWD and bi-center bits, directional (including horizontal) wells, under reaming, coring, foams, fishing and multiple mud system experience. This expert's completion and workover experience includes acid and fracture stimulation, foam operations, sand control, remedial cementing, cased hole fishing, on both flowing and artificial lift wells (rod pump, gas lift, ESP). This expert also designed and supervised numerous thru-tubing workovers, coiled tubing stimulation and cementing operations. This expert was promoted to Area Engineer, responsible for the reservoir and production engineering. This expert was credited the most successful workover on a converted shut-in water injector, resulting in a 1,400 BOPD producing oil well.
This expert researched wellbore stresses using finite element modeling and graduated with a doctoral degree in Petroleum Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. This expert maintains an active practice in consulting, working in multiple basins in the United States, designing drilling, completion and workover programs.
This expert has taught graduate, undergraduate courses and industry seminars in Completions, Drilling and Workover Engineering. This expert has attended numerous industry schools, technical conferences and symposiums as part of continuing education.
This expert has 34 publications and three patents. This expert has presented at multiple workshops and conferences worldwide. This expert is a Principal in a highly respected consultancy, providing drilling, completion and workover consulting services, strategic planning, industry schools, intellectual property and expert witness services. This expert is a member of the SPE, AADE, ACS, ASME, AGU, Sigma Xi, Pi Epsilon Tau, and is a registered professional petroleum engineer.
This expert began a career in the oil and gas industry, where this expert worked as an Engineer in the Materials Technology Group diagnosing corrosion and water treating issues in upstream production facilities. This expert then became a plant engineer at a large gas processing facility, where this expert was responsible for the support of various gas processing units and gas compression facilities.
This expert worked as a Process Engineer in the Process Engineering Division. This expert developed conceptual designs for onshore production facilities and pipelines to process and transport high paraffin crude oil in arctic environments. This expert was assigned to a subsidiary where this expert performed general process troubleshooting and optimization, technical service work, and project economic analysis for offshore platforms.
This expert then moved to an assignment as Process Engineer on the gas offtake team, responsible for evaluating alternatives for transporting and processing gas. This expert was responsible for performance testing equipment, evaluating expansion projects and performing a rebuild on a fire-damaged offshore platform. This expert provided technical and project support to evaluate asset acquisition opportunities. This expert was responsible for leading a multi-discipline engineering team through the detailed engineering and construction phases of the project.
This expert became the Leader of New Developments, where this expert was responsible for providing concept selection and economic evaluation of all major projects. As part of this effort, this expert and team developed the Development and Production plans and worked closely with various governmental bodies and partner organizations to obtain approvals for these plans and for developing Field Development Plans. This expert became Project Manager for a multi-platform shallow water oil field development. This expert was responsible for leading a team through concept selection, pre-project planning, and scoping and bidding of the Front-End Engineering Design contract.
This expert implemented industry-standard project Front End Loading principles, practices and discipline to the asset by mandating the use of standard designs and a competitive bidding process to reduce costs. This expert developed contracting strategy to reduce costs and execution cycle time while leveraging company resources to maximum benefit, and instituted procedures to ensure safety and integrity of new facilities, and incorporated procurement and planning into the team.
This expert was responsible for completing construction and the start-up of a major gas plant designed to recover methane and helium from a high-acid gas feed stream. This expert also completed a study to determine the cost and schedule to replace the existing gas plant with a Selexol process designed to recover carbon dioxide (CO2) and reject hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the feed gas. This expert began a consulting career, where this expert had a variety of diverse assignments involving insurance claims, construction disputes, gas transmission issues, oil and gas field operational issues.