Lead Mechanical Engineer, Metallurgy, Materials Selection, Welding Specialist

Last Updated: 2nd October 2018 (over 4 years ago)

Portsmouth, United Kingdom


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Age Range
55 to 64

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Over 30 years Materials/Metallurgy with Mechanical Engineering Design experience, FEED and Contracts Control skills in the Lead/Principal position for Static Equipment and Materials Selection. Gifted with solid experience in many areas of Mechanical Engineering and Material Properties, he provides a wealth of knowledge in design with optimum materials selection in the O&G, LNG, Subsea & Petro-Chem industries and for all types of equipment. Performing bid and FEED development with concurrent design, Data Sheets and Requisition/Order Packaging, Bid Tab (TBE/TBA) Reviews and EPC co-ordination & PMC supervision to in-budget conclusion.

Skills include extensive exposure to almost all Pressure Vessel and Piping material and fabrication selection standards and Legislative Requirements for many countries. Vast experience in ferrous, non-ferrous, exotic and composite materials. Contracts Management, cross discipline Co-ordination, Instruction and Personnel Training Provision. Performing Investigations with in-depth knowledge of material failure mechanisms and the interaction with product/environment hazards in both metallic and non-metallic engineering materials. Problem solving, trouble shooting, information sharing and the resolution of difficulties at all levels are natural attributes.

Currently specializes in O&G Metallurgy/Materials/Welding Consultancy whilst drawing on his Mechanical Engineering experience. He has in-depth knowledge of most American and UK codes, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Aramco, Huntsman, Shell, PIPs and other Petro-Chem Industry standards. Boasting considerable exposure to many foreign codes, standards and legislation, he has performed numerous Audits, PIM and KO Meetings worldwide for EPC and PMC.

Professional qualifications/registration(s)
Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. (FIMechE)
Member of The Welding Institute. (MWeldI)
Member of The Institute of Corrosion (ICorr)

BSc (Hons) Materials Engineering and Metallurgy – Loughborough University
MTech. Masters in Engineering Materials Design – Loughborough University
ONC & HNC Mechanical Engineering – Southampton College of Higher Education
5 year Indentured Technical / Student Apprenticeship – RNAY Dockyard

CEng.FIMechE, ICorr, MWeldI


Professional Affiliations
CPD - Continuing Professional Development

   Feb 1990
— Sep 2018

Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. (CEng.FIMechE)
Member of The Welding Institute. (MWeldI) Founder of the TWI Southern Branch
Former Member of The Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) & NACE

Loughborough University UK

   Jan 1981
— Jan 1983

Masters in Engineering Materials Design

Loughborough University UK
BSc (Hons)

   Oct 1978
— Jul 1981

Materials Engineering and Metallurgy

RNAY Dockyard Portsmouth
5 year Indentured Technical / Student Apprenticeship

   Sep 1973
— Aug 1978

ONC & HNC Mechanical Engineering – Southampton College of Higher Education


ExxonMobil – Fawley Refinery Hampshire UK.
Senior Materials/Metallurgy and Welding Specialist – Inspection Department - QA/QC

   Oct 2015
— Sep 2018

Principal Metallurgy, Materials, Corrosion, Coatings and Welding Engineer. Day-to-day site-wide weld plans, general metallurgy, corrosion and coatings consultancy, prioritising customer pressures. Turnaround planning for major outages, including drawing reviews, business group inputs, updating standards and improving systems for safety and reliability. Including NDE, Painting, Coatings, Linings, PFP, Insulation, Corrosion Mitigation, Materials Selection, Pressure Systems, Inspection, Coding and Maintenance.

AMEC - London
Principal Metallurgist/Materials and Welding Specialist

   Oct 2011
— Jun 2015

2011 Oct – 2015 June
AMEC – London
Position: Principal Metallurgist/Materials and Welding Specialist
Project: KNPC New Refinery Project.(PMC)

All aspects of Project Management Consultancy covering selection and justification of materials and coatings. Answering Bidders Queries, raising and issuing DCNs, liaising with the Client to ensure technical input in the best interests of the project. Working in SharePoint in the production of Specifications and Project Variations KNPC PVs to latest Shell DEPs and current industry practice.

Projects: KOC MGT and New Water Centre FEEDs
Developing Material Selection Reports and Philosophies, Material Selection Diagrams (MSDs) and Corrosion Calculations.

Projects: GDF Suez Cygnus Full Field Gas Development.
Developing Material Selection Reports and Philosophies, through FEED to E&P. Producing Specifications, Material Selection Diagrams (MSDs) with input to P&IDs and reviewing other discipline activities. Conducting Corrosion Calculations, round-table meetings with client and suppliers and involved with bid clarifications and evaluation of TBA reports. Providing guidance on material selection, vendor documentation reviews and performing Quality Technical Audits on overseas suppliers unfamiliar to AMEC and GDF.

Projects: Clair Ridge, KOC & KNPC
Assigned to various other concurrent and onshore FEED projects, requiring assessment of corrosive conditions and review of plant operation in order to produce Materials Selection Reports, Material Related Specifications and Materials Selection Diagrams. Firewater Systems, CP, Storage Tank installation and new distribution systems. Advisor to other disciplines in selecting correct materials for equipment items and assistance in the development of Process and Mechanical Data-Sheets. Deviation Requests, PIMS actions, Sight Queries, ShareCat Vendor document reviews, coatings and welding queries.

Projects: Kracken FPSO
FEED activities for floating platform and storage vessel and topsides equipment. Developing Material Selection Reports and Philosophies, Material Selection Diagrams (MSDs) and Corrosion Calculations.

Worley Parsons Europe Limited:
Lead Metallurgist

   Jan 2011
— Sep 2011

Project 1: K-WAC Kashagan Joint Venture Upstream - Project shelved March 2011.
Very high pressure, high H2S and CO2 and extreme environmental design of ground breaking technology for various trains. Long established project, very complex and challenging - shelved by Shell.
Project 2: Rumaila Up-stream and Water Injection Concept/FEED and EPC
Green and Brownfield project team to provide FEED & EPC with fitness for service expertise to Iraq. Challenging environment with many obstacles to overcome. Material Selection Philosophies, Specifications, Material Reports and MSDs plus general Concept and Inter-discipline development for requisitions and vendor document review. Setting up lunch-and-learn opportunities, graduate mentoring, personnel development, CTRs, forecasts and budget control/reporting.

KBR (MW Kellogg)
Senior Metallurgy/Materials Consultant

   May 2010
— Dec 2010

Processes: NH3, Urea, LNG & O&G (Gorgon, Shell, ENI)
Day-to-day metallurgy and welding related queries, vendor documentation review and co-ordination with Requisitioning Engineers, support to the wider project team and increasing the materials team knowledge base. Materials selection, Concession Requests, Vendor Queries, MSD and P&ID development for O&G, LNG, Ammonia and Urea licensed plant.
Shell - site GRP and Hastelloy Hydrochloric acid pipeline failure investigation, erosion-corrosion of overhead vapour line on ENI refinery cracker, cost-benefit and specialist input for purchasing.
Client base includes CVX Gorgon LNG, Shell Pearl, BP, Statoil and ENI Venice refinery. Vendor base includes South Korea, Japan, India, Italy, Germany and USA for all manner of equipment and queries

GE VetcoGray - Nailsea
Metallurgy/Materials Consultant

   Feb 2010
— May 2010

O&G Subsea - Materials Engineering Dept
Focal point for materials selection and enquiries in the O&G subsea controls and pipelines arena. Conducting corrosion calculations with overview of CP, Paints & Coatings, Welding & NDT procedures, chemical cleaning/passivation, fabrication technology to international, DNV, NACE and client specific codes/standards. Review of vendor procedures and drawings, liaison with design, project management and documentation control whilst developing the department skill base and working methods.

FWEL (Foster Wheeler Energy Limited) - Technology Group
Metallurgy/Materials Consultant

   May 2009
— Dec 2009

Project: Paradip New Refinery Project for IOCL India.
Complete Oil & Gas plant. As part of the Technology Group, developing Material Selection and Corrosion Philosophies, MSDs & P&IDs and project specific standards. Providing EPC consultancy and material choice support services to the Vessels, Exchanger, Machinery and Piping Groups in Sour, H2S, Sulphuric, Amine, MP & LP Steam and High Temperature Service.
Tackling equipment queries from all team areas and answering Vendor TQs, design variation requests, requisition documentation, Bid Tab & Bid reviews. Discussions and setting up of staff training with piping supply specialists for materials and joining. EPC latterly devolved to India, my deliverables complete.

FWOOL (Foster Wheeler Operations Overseas Ltd.) for Saudi Aramco, Seoul, South Korea
PMC - Static Equipment and Metallurgy

   Jan 2009
— May 2009

Sulphur Recovery Unit
Working closely with the Gold Star EPC contractor and Aramco Project Engineers in the role of PMC up to order placement and KO. Liaison also with Aramco Metallurgy Specialists on the major Karan O&G and SRU project. MSDs & P&IDs and Static Equipment reviews with referral to Industry HSE, FWEL, Licensor Specifications, Industry Standards, Legislative Codes and Aramco practices as required.

Aker Solutions - Havant
Metallurgy/Welding Consultant & Principal Vessels Engineer

   Jan 2008
— Jan 2009

Principal Vessels Engineer and Metallurgy/Welding Consultant on three simultaneous PTA plants from FEED through to EPC on high value equipment including exotic clad Reactors, trayed columns, and long lead equipment. Performing day-to-day management and planning, Data-Sheet development, purchasing liaison, bid reviews and overseeing construction management at various locations around the world. Major Vendor auditing, QA/QC and expediting in a very high pressure delivery scenario. Company metallurgist and welding specialist for the Solent Offices. Chairing Kick-off and Pre-Inspection meetings in Korea, Japan and Belgium. PMC on two further projects for prestigious clients, for storage tanks and TEMA heat exchangers.

Jacobs Engineering (UK) Ltd. – Reading, UK.
Lead Fabricated Equipment Engineer

   Aug 2006
— Dec 2008

Arabian Amines (Huntsman Technology), Fawley and BP Hull Consultancy Services
Lead Engineer for the FEED phase and Lead Engineer for EPC at ExxonMobil (Fawley) on regeneration and up-date projects. Above Ground Storage Tank consultant at BP Hull for the salvage of a 190’ API hydrocarbon tank. A contract for a further 19 tank reviews was awarded to JE as a result. The introduction of relevant software and department staff development, training and standards. Achieved by close liaison with the other JE offices around the world, professional bodies and the generation of new business by relationship based connections.

As Lead Engineer, Martin has also been the company expert for plant integrity in fabricated static equipment on all types of projects. Through the development of a peer network community, he offered the group expertise in vessel and column design, HSE Compliance and manufacture to European and American codes and standards. His experience extends to major oil, gas and refining projects and with responsibility for the technical control of the vessels team. His other responsibilities have included: man-hours and equipment cost estimation, preparation of equipment specifications and requisitions, technical bid analysis, review of vendors data, and resolving technical problems raised by suppliers and site. He has responsibility towards graduate mentoring and peer training, keeping abreast of technology trends and continuous improvement of the department working methods.

Chevron Texaco Refinery - Pembroke, Wales
Lead Mechanical/Civil Engineer (Seconded)

   May 2005
— Feb 2006

CAPex and OPex control of maintenance and for 2006 turn-round.
Management position in charge of Maintenance Department (12) and Project Drawing Team (40) for day-to-day engineering business operations and CapEx preparation for the 2006 Turn-round. Liaison with Business Units, Inspection, Asset Integrity, Process and Mechanical Departments as customers to ensure the safe operation and development of the plant. Maintenance and development of plant standards, assistance in the integration of legacy and new document control systems and general management functions.
Fitness for service reviews to API 571/579 of existing Pressure equipment, Fired Heaters, MP & HP Boilers and piping, trouble-shooting, corrosion under insulation (CUI), waivers and remnant life assessment. Resource and budget control, staff management, HSE Incident/Report focal point and giving weekly team HSE safety presentations. Led stress rupture failure investigations on overworked boilers, dissimilar weld effects, burner issues, Platformer fire and girth flange & graphite gasket assembly problems, storage tank lightning fire and refractory degradation in boilers and fired heaters.

Sinopec, Yizheng Site - PRC
Site - Static Equipment and Welding Engineer in China

   May 2002
— Sep 2002

Responsible for the monitoring of off-shore Vessels and Heat Exchanger deliveries to site for PTA plant. Inspection of on-shore equipment, delivery condition review, overseeing and monitoring of exotic material joining and monitoring of internals and packing installation activities. Liaison with Chinese HSE authorities for off-shore equipment, daily progress meetings and client reporting/expediting.

Aker Kvaerner/Solutions (old John Brown)
Principal Mechanical Engineer

   Feb 2001
— Aug 2006

Pressure Vessels and Heat Exchangers. - CTA & PTA, Methanol, Acetic Acid, Polypropylene, Chemical, Polymer & Pharma Plant design and Front End Engineering. Data Sheet compilation, Mechanical & High Value Reactor Vessels Design, Vendor Quality and Bid Assessments, Design Assessment, Dossier Review, Inspection co-ordination, Pre-Inspection/Works Review meetings. Vendor Audits, Kick-Off and PI Meetings. On-site static equipment review and installation in China with contribution to company technical expertise. Pressure Equipment Directive expert for Solent office and safety reviews/hazop for material and design.

Royal & SunAlliance Engineering, Manchester UK
Notified Body Consultative Services

   Jun 1997
— Feb 2001

Design and Verification of Pressure and Cryogenic Systems of all kinds, Welding and Materials Consultancy. Providing an efficient fee-earning service in connection with Mechanical Design, Welding Consultancy and construction details for pressure plant and systems, ensuring HSE compliance with legislation, National or Foreign, and applicable codes and standards. Familiar with standard and specific calculation software, in house Fortran software, Finglow, ANSYS 50 Finite Element and design by analysis or hand calculations.
Responsible for the business development and training of inspection staff for new build and in-service GRP/non-metallic pressure/process containment systems and standards committee representation. The focal point for insurance and performance related enquiries to limit risk exposure and promote safe operation of storage and pressure systems in non-metallic materials.

British Engine, Manchester - UK
Head Office Engineer and Welding Certification Specialist

   Oct 1985
— May 1997

Design and Verification of Pressure and Cryogenic Systems, Development of Welding and Materials Consultancy Business. AOTC & HSE support and BS5750 & ISO9001 Auditing with AOQC. Providing an efficient fee-earning service in connection with Mechanical Design and construction validation of details for steam raising and pressure plant systems, ensuring compliance with HSE legislation, National or Foreign, and applicable codes and standards. Familiar with standard and specific calculation software, in house Fortran software, Finglow, ANSYS 50 Finite Element and design by analysis or hand calculations.

Design development work and assistance on several projects at JET (Joint European Torus), coordination of inspection and witness of PQR/Welders Qualifications and HSE liaison with site inspectors.
Responsible for maintenance of Notified Body Technical Standards and the Foreign Standards Library. Conducting Contracts Meetings, Quality Auditing, Field Inspections, Welding and Materials Consultancy. Responsible for the growth of profitable Welding Certification Services, Failure Investigations, Mechanical Testing, NDT and Consultancy business, average £208,000 per annum within British Engine Insurance.

Project: Viking Gas Terminal Extension – Conoco/John Brown – Theddlethorpe, Lincs. Solely responsible for the provision of design verification, quality consultative and inspection coordination in the manufacture of 102 thick walled Vessels, Slug Catchers and Heat Exchangers with material certification and inspection management at over 15 sites in the UK and Europe. ASME VIII Divs 1 & 2, TEMA, BS5500 and DIN 50049 3.1a.

Beloit Walmsleys Ltd., Bury, Lancs.UK
Dry Part - Mechanical Design Engineer

   Sep 1983
— Sep 1985

Paper & Board Machinery Design and Trouble Shooting
Responsible for the design of machinery, SG & CI Drier rolls to ASME VIII Div 1, R&D programmes and trouble-shooting as required. Designed and commissioned a completely new Yankee tissue machine for South Africa, which became the new company standard and involved several visits to the parent company in the USA.
Also involved in several large contracts for complete machines for India, Poland, Russia, Canada and deepest Kent. This involved bidding, meetings, specification writing, checking, design, calculations and “Dry-part” office management of 10 draftsmen.

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