The Deepwater Operations Conference and Exhibition is celebrating its 13th anniversary. This growing event continues the tradition of excellence in addressing operational challenges in developing deepwater resources. Coming off of record-breaking attendance of more than 1,400, the event returns to the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center on November 3–5, 2015 in Galveston, Texas.
With investment in our staff being the core focus of our organization, GATE has partnered with The John Maxwell Company to harness and further develop the leadership capacity of our employees. By taking this opportunity to train and reproduce quality leadership among staff, GATE believes that a critical foundation for the next influencers of the industry has been set for continued success.
For Grant Gibson, Founder and CEO of GATE Inc., it's hard to believe that it has been 15 years since GATE was started on Michigan Street in Houston with a plastic table and desktop computer from Sam's Club.
"I was 28 years old with a Nokia phone, AOL dial-up, and the price of oil was about $15/BBL. My mom loaned me the money to start GATE and she doesn't let me forget it either, even to this day," Gibson said. Fifteen years later, GATE is an award-winning oil and gas engineering consulting firm offering numerous services in the areas of commissioning, engineering, marine services and marine construction around the globe.
After progressing up the HOT FIRM list for the last few years (63rd, 47th, 37th, 29th, 19th and then 3rd), we have finally made it to the top spot and will be recognized as the #1 HOT FIRM in the 2015 Zweig Group Awards.
Our projects still accomplish what they always have - produce and separate oil, gas and water. However, the "world class" projects of today are much more complex. They are larger, more technically sophisticated, in more remote and difficult places, face a more demanding public, must adhere to more onerous and comprehensive regulations, and are designed and built by teams spread across the globe.
Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering, Inc. (dba GATE) is pleased to announce the acquisition of GREENWOOD GROUP LLC. Headquartered in New Orleans, LA, Greenwood Group is a premier subsea and marine project management company with world-class expertise in:
- Deepwater Construction on Green and Brownfield export pipeline installations, flowline pull-in's, tendon installations & activities involving diving operations;
- Floating host In Service Inspection Planning (ISIP) & Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Dry-docking Inspections (UWILD), Repair & Maintenance (IRM) utilizing both ROV's and manned diving operations;
- Offshore underwater platform inspection & repair for regulatory requirements and asset life extension;
- Platform, pipeline and wells decommissioning, removal, and abandonment;
- Wet welding repair projects.
Formed in 2002, Greenwood Group has consistently exceeded client expectations and is regularly recognized for their technical expertise, excellence in project management and culture of safety.
Strategic Move as a Top Contender
GATE welcomes Larry King, former Coach USA Chairman and CEO. Larry will be providing GATE his expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital fund raising, financial modeling analysis and business plan development. As Coach USA Chairman and CEO, Larry was a founding member of the management team that led the company through its start-up, initial public offering and growth into a $1 billion operating company.
Top of Line Corrosion (TOLC) occurs in deepwater wet gas systems when water vapor condenses on the upper internal walls of the flowline due to the heat exchange occurring between the hot fluid and the colder environment. The condensed liquid becomes enriched by the corrosive species naturally present in the gas stream and assumes a low pH because it does not contain any buffering species such as bicarbonate or iron. The predominant concern is carbon dioxide (CO2), which reacts with water to form carbonic acid (H2CO3), although hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and organic acids can also present significant challenges and drive the corrosion process.
It's time for OTC 2015! Monday, May 4th, GATE thought-leaders will be presenting on Top of Line Corrosion: An Evaluation of Critical Parameters that Drive Mitigation Methods and System Design in Deepwater Gas Systems. To learn more about this presentation and others in the technical program lineup, click here
HAZOPs are not fun! Maybe that's not a problem, but they also don't achieve what they could and that is a problem. Why don't we learn what we should from HAZOPs?
A HAZOP is a team-based process hazard analysis (PHA) method. Its purpose is to identify hazards and operability issues in a process design. In some HAZOPs, identified issues are evaluated for risk. An effective risk assessment method allows the HAZOP participants and the project team to focus their time and energy on the more significant hazards.
Risk assessments in HAZOPs are typically performed using a simple risk matrix (Figure 2). In the risk matrix approach, participants make judgments as to the potential severity and the likelihood of an event. The combination of severity and likelihood indicates the risk. The risk matrix will often be color coded with green areas (OK), red areas (Unacceptable) and yellow areas (improvement suggested, subject to ALARP).
GATE, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of VIKING Engineering, L.C. headquartered in Houston, TX. Viking Engineering is a leading upstream oil and gas engineering company specializing in critical well design. Viking’s specific areas of expertise involve high pressure high temperature (HPHT) downhole tubular design, as well as material selection for harsh environment wells, certification for offshore and land based tubular designs, training and downhole failure analysis. Formed in 2001, and with over 200 years of combined drilling and production experience, Viking has worked for nearly 300 client companies and performed in excess of 800 casing certifications as required by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).