OES History

Ray Hobbs has been busy trawling the archives to prepare a potted history of the OES listing the Chairpersons and all past events and meetings.

The Offshore Engineering Society was formed in 1987 by the Institution of Civil Engineers to promote interest and scholarship in both the scientific and applied aspects of offshore engineering.

Chairpersons to date have been as follows:
1987 – 1989 John Derrington

1989 – 1991 Dr Edmund Hambly

1991 – 1993 Ron Goodfellow

1993 – 1995 Dr Peter Blair-Fish

1995 – 1997 Hugh Williams

1997 – 1999 John Waddell

1999 – 2001 Tom Aldridge

2001 – 2004 Dr Ray Hobbs

2004 – 2006 Neil Glover

2006 – 2009 Peter Keel

2009 – 2012 Neil Glover

2012 – 2015 Mark Knight

2015 – 2018 Tim Eyles

2018 – Present Trevon Joseph

John Derrington and Dr Edmund Hambly also served as President of the ICE (in 1984 and 1995 respectively).

Many distinguished offshore engineers have, over the years, served on the main committee in London or the branch committee in Aberdeen.

Technical meetings, covering a wide range of topics, have been held regularly in London and Aberdeen. The London meetings, held since the formation of the society, are listed below:





FEB 18 (lunch) The future applications of new technology offshore J Dailey
MAR 18 R & D in the offshore industry JN Mansfield
OCT 08 Exploring for oil in deep water west of Shetlands G Bowie
OCT 15 (lunch) Storage of waste below seabed SJ Taylor
NOV 05 Abandonment of oil rigs STS al Hassani
NOV 20 (lunch) Statoil M Beckkeheiem


FEB 10 CONFERENCE: Cost reduction in offshore engineering Various
FEB 17 (lunch) Assessment of offshore platforms WJ Winkworth
MAR 08 – 09 SITE VISIT: English and French electricity stations related tothe under Channel electricity cables  
MAR 16 Repairs – the state of the art IE Tebbett
APR 20 Concrete platform at Ravenspurn RC Luedke
MAY 19 (lunch) Training engineers for offshore industry B McNaughton
MAY 25 Corrosion and protection Various
OCT 12 (lunch) Project management offshore MD Haynes
OCT 27 Hutton tension leg platform ERG Bell
NOV 23 How collaborative research helps offshore engineers RK Venables
DEC 08 Analysis of pile groups SWM Komaromy &
BW Ims
DEC 16 (lunch) Community policy on financial support for research and development in the offshore sector R de Bauw


JAN 26 Benefits of limit state / plastic design to topsides structures Brian L Smith
FEB 23 The evolution of modern structural steels: weldability, corrosion resistance and toughness H Colt
MAR 21 (lunch) Talk by Member of Parliament P Morrison
MAY 25 Pipelines A Palmer
SEP 26 Design fabrication and installation of the Veselfrikk jacket M Baerheim
NOV 14 Miller platform – post Piper studies G White and MJ Payne
DEC 07 (lunch) Pollution control Various


JAN 18 (lunch) Ocean resources and research D Lennard
FEB 28 The use of aluminium in offshore structures Various
MAR 28 Future European field developments, Annual Dinner Various
APR 25 One well tripod D Duncan
SEP 20 (lunch) Heavy lifts J Mitchell
OCT 03 Computer aided design K Logendra
NOV 07 Jackup stability EC Hambly &
BA Nicholson
DEC 06 (lunch) Risk analysis R Sylvester-Evans


JAN 23 European standards for offshore structures S Thorburn, P Dowling & RO Snell
FEB 26 (lunch) Where next with concrete platforms? CJB Roberts
MAR 26 1st Annual Dinner, EPIC contracts P Blair-Fish
APR 17 Marine operations, Snorre field development JI Knodsen
SEP 25 The LRFD version of API RP2A: limit state practice for designing fixed offshore platforms GAN Thomas
OCT 16 (lunch) Gannet J Carter
NOV 20 Deep water jack-ups PA Thomas
DEC 11 (lunch) Safety JR Potter


JAN 15 The geotechnics of marine anchors
(joint with BGS)
T Aldridge, C Chipcase, G Degenkamp, W Craig
FEB 19 (lunch) Subsea developments D Appleford
MAR 25 2nd Annual Dinner Various
APR 15 Offshore pipeline installations using dynamically positioned vessels S Dotinga
SEP 16 Should offshore structures be designed for earthquakes and if so how? P Blair-Fish & G Simms
OCT 14 Partnering – fashion or necessity R West
NOV 11 Developments in concrete offshore structures A Knudson
DEC 09 Seabed scour in the offshore environment R Whitehouse


JAN 20 CONFERENCE: Offshore iInnovations and economics Various
FEB 24 North Sea platform decommissioning WG Laver
MAR 31 3rd Annual Dinner Various
APR 28 Computational fluid dynamics N Rhodes
SEP 23 ICE engineering research in Atlantic Canada
(joint with RAE)
D Kaye
OCT 21 What future for horizontal well technology? (joint with SUT) G Ferguson & H Rabia
NOV 11 Troll Olje concrete floater S Storaas
DEC 01 Response of offshore platforms to wave and earthquake forces (joint with SECED) BA Izzuddin, RM Kenley, & AS Elsashai
DEC 08 Oil and the environment – should it be a burning issue? S Morgan


JAN 11 Partial safety factor calibration for the North Sea adaptation of API-LRFD & Modelling of environmental loading in the adaptation of LRFD to UK offshore structural design practice

RC Turner


A Theophanatos &
AHS Wickham

FEB 01 Putting Hurricane Andrew in context – was it thye “big one” AA Denton & N Lynagh
MAR 16

4th Annual Dinner


Prospects for oil and gas

C Smith, M Spaven &
J Waddell
APR 13 Implementation of the Cullen report –a review of progress A Sefton
SEP 14 Armada topsides savings through compact heat exchangers R Haugh
SEP 29 CONFERENCE: Requalification and decommissioning of offshore installations (joint with IMechE) Various
OCT 12 Ringing response of offshore platforms P Duncan & R Rainey
NOV 30 Pileless jacket foundations – a new era
(joint with BGA)
M Baerheim, C Erbrich & MC Ferguson


JAN 11 Challenges for the West of Shetland R Kenison
FEB 08 New fatigue guidance for offshore structures J Sharp
MAR 08

5th Annual Dinner


Cost reduction in the new era

V Tuft, J Griffiths & R Edwards
APR 05 Jack up site assessment M Hoyle & J Trickey
SEP 20 Judy/Joanne – from concept to reality PD Williams
OCT 18 Offshore piling – past, present and future J de Jonge
NOV 29 Composite materials offshore PAC Medlicott


JAN 16 Mobil’s Lancelot and Excalibur platforms – conventional versus EPIC contract strategy and essential management techniques required for a successful EPIC contract
(joint with ICE)
J Gilchrist &
K Logendra
FEB 21 BP Harding development G Harris, M O’Flynn & K Robson
FEB 22 CONFERENCE: Minimising the impact of decommissioning
(joint with Institute of Petroleum)
MAR 13 6th Annual DinnerAlliance contracting,


APR 17 Steel or concrete monopods? D Collier & M Smith
JUN Debrief on OTC axial pile behaviour session (joint with SUT) Various
SEP 11 Management of the Norne project P Urdahl
OCT 02 New advances in pile design (joint with BGA) R Jardine
OCT 09 Latest developments in offshore drilling technology P Spicer
NOV 13 Taut and catenary moorings M Delaney & R Stonor


JAN 22 Floating production. Concrete or steel? Ships or floaters? RJS Harris, D Kerr, M Basaran & I Whitby
FEB 19 Plastic lined pipes B Jones
FEB 26

Alternative methods for blast analysis on structures


(joint with SECED)

R Yeung
MAR 19 7th Annual Dinner The future of the gas market Various
APR 16 Ekofisk II K Morbraten
SEP 30 The Andrew project A Dawson
OCT 22 Caspian developments M Sparkes & E Sjolie
NOV 19 Blast response – what next? M Birkinshaw
NOV 26 CONFERENCE: High strength fibre cables (joint with ICE) Various


JAN 21 The big wide world of ISO standards D Galbraith
FEB 18 Advances in downhole technology B Daniel
APR 02 8th Annual Dinner, A vision of future infrastructure in the UKCS A Hunt & S Sasanow
APR 28 Offshore safety – where are we going? Should construction follow? (joint with ICE) P O’Ferrall
APR 29 Wandoo D Collier
SEP 30 The HP/HT nature of the Shearwater development J Stubbs
OCT 21 The civil construction market from an offshore perspective J van der Graaf
OCT 29 Dismantling oil platforms (joint with ICE) R Daniels
NOV 18 The impact of the design and construct regulations B Marshall
DEC 02 Safety implications for offshore foundations of conductor and shallow well drilling Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant


JAN 20 Offshore technology developments to meet environmental challenges Various
FEB 03 Offshore soil structure interaction (joint with SECED) RO Snell & N Ramsey
FEB 24 Getting into deepwater! RO Snell
MAR 24

9th Annual Dinner


North Sea industry – are we right for the future?

N Smith
APR 28 Why offshore engineers should know more about reservoirs D Aron
SEP 29 Millenium bug and offshore engineering A Taylor
OCT 27 Laminaria and Corallina development P Crerar
DEC 02 Renewable energy from the sea G Senior


JAN 26 Installation of Caspian pipeline off-loading buoy in the Black Sea A Crowle
FEB 23 Terra Nova – Building the first FPSO development for the Grand Banks of Newfoundland – the subsea challenges S Allen & C Kassner
APR 12 Safety cases for deepwater production systems M Grant
JUN 29 OTC geosciences debrief (joint with SUT) K Day, I Hamilton &
G Griffiths
SEP 20 Future energy supply trends and possible impacts A Hunt
OCT 18 Development of a deep field in West Africa V Alliot
DEC 06

First Annual Film Evening:


Anasuria – A rare bird


The Shearwater project – an overview


South Arne gravity base structure


Operation North Sea

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant


JAN 24 The Skiff project – Trident platform P Strowlger
FEB 22 Malampaya CGS – a Filipino success story D Collier
APR 25 Marine facilities for the Reliance refinery and petrochemicals complex, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India I Mirchandani
SEP 13 OTC 2001 – debrief on geotechnical aspects
(joint with SUT)
P Power, M Cook &
J Osborne
OCT 10 The role of engineers in resolution of disputes arising from offshore construction and supply projects P Cassidy & A Ma
NOV 21 Offshore windfarms – past, present and future P Fish
DEC 13

Second Annual Film Evening:




Wandoo – innovation in energy


Forties report

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant


JAN 09 Engineers as experts in dispute resolution P Cassidy & A Ma
FEB 07 Structural integrity of MCP 01- concrete platform G Prakhya, & R Ffrench
MAR 06 Bow and Greenwater Loading N Barltrop &
T Hodgson
APR 03 Recent research findings of the Fire and Blast Information Group F Hamdan
MAY 09 Conversion of a tanker to an offshore storage and offtake installation (joint with RINA) A Stephens
SEP 18 Debrief on the Offshore Technology Conference 2002 F Hamdan & K Day
OCT 16 Marine current turbines P Fraenkel
OCT 22 The refloat of the Maureen steel gravity platform
(joint with ICE)
P Broughton & R Davies
NOV 20 The Azure project – the feasibility of floating LNG process and storage J Sheffield
NOV 26 – 28 CONFERENCE: Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (joint with SUT) Various
DEC 03

Third Annual Film Evening:


The Leadon development


Offshore construction pioneers


Offshore windfarms




West Natuna


CSO Deep Blue: the making of a giant

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant


JAN 15 Pollution, environment and the offshore engineer P Read
JAN 23 Offshore crack detection using acoustic emission methods (joint with RINA) L Rogers
FEB 12 The role of the energy loss adjustor J Donald
FEB 27 CONFERENCE: Offshore windfarms: Why appropriate site investigation will reduce uncertainty, cost and risk
(joint with SUT)
MAR 12 High explosives technology and applications S Miller
MAR 27 The Maclure field – from Gremlin to Gryphon
(joint with IMechE)
P Nieve
APR 2 Safety in the offshore industry – paying lip service or paying attention? H Bolt
MAY 15 Mediating offshore oil and gas contract disputes P Cassidy
JUN 4 Design issues for topsides located on an FPSO C Earl
SEP 24 Structural dynamics of offshore wind turbines
(joint with SECED)
E Bossyani and B Byrne
OCT 9 UK’s new deep ocean remotely operated vessel (ROV) – Isis (joint with RINA) P Mason
NOV 5 ISO 19900 Series – international standards for offshore structures D Galbraith
NOV 25 Making Penguins fly (joint with IMechE) N George

Fourth Annual Film Evening:


Under the North Sea


The world’s greatest oil rig


Barracuda – Caratinga project

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant


JAN 7 Ocean energy developments – tide, wave and wind energy T Trapp
JAN 28

Seabed liquefaction and submarine landslide


(joint with SECED)

R Jardine, A Palmer &


S Dunn

FEB 4 Sakhalin II development – an overview M Zitterich & C Fenwick
MAR 3 Barracuda Caratinga project R Argiolas & M Hesar
APRIL 7  Single Point Mooring Andrew Newport – SBM
MAY 5  Helicopter Operations Steve O’Collard – Scotia

The Challenges of the Canadian East Coast Offshore


Vincent Morgan – C-Core
JUN 15

10th Annual Dinner

Deconstruction of the Maureen Platform and Loading Columns.

(Joint meeting with ICE)


Presented by Peter Broughton 


Offshore Emergency Response


Mark Talbot-Sykes & Michael Wilder -Petans

“Oil from the Ocean Depths – the Challenges of Deep Water Engineering”  

(Joint meeting with ICE, IMechE IEE Chilterns Area. Venue: Chilterns University)


Leofric Studd – BP.
OCT 7 & 28

Offshore Wind Farms – Recent Development  

(Co-sponsored with RINA and I MarEST

Venue: LRS)


Captain Mike Frampton, London Offshore Consultants
OCT 20

Shah Deniz Project


Rob Kelly – BP



Dr Tanmay Sarkar of Saipem UK Ltd

& Dr Justin Penrose of ANSYS – CFX


Co-sponsored meeting with the ICE Energy and Maritime Boards marked the launch of the ICE Offshore Wind Farms E-mail Forum.  

Plus:  New Guidelines for Offshore Site Investigations for Marine Renewables presented by SUT

Mark Finch of RPS Hydrosearch

The 5th Annual Film Evening

The History of the World War 2 Maunsell Sea Forts;

The Murchison Project;

Into the Deep


Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
JAN 12 The Carbon Trust Marine Energy Challenge John Callaghan of the Carbon Trust

Buzzard Project


Paul Doble and Stephen Kirby,

Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd

MAR 2 EURIPIDES/ Ras Tanajib Pile Load Tests Harry Kolk, Fugro
MAR 9 Scroby Sands Wind Farm Adrian Chatterton – Powergen
MAR 17

The Institution of Structural Engineers is promoting and co-sponsoring with the OES a technical meeting on:

Offshore Structures

Richard Snell,

BP Exploration

APR 25 Design and Installation of the Valhall Piggyback Structures Mr. Torstein Alm, Aker Kvaerner
MAY 4 Dispute avoidance and resolution – the engineer’s role Peter Cassidy, Masons
MAY 24 Offshore Wind Farms – Security of Monopile Foundation Installation Mark Richards, and Peter Clutterbuck of Seacore
JUN 15 Float-Over Decks Stuart Guy of Noble Denton
SEPT 7 Eugene Island – Platform Removal in The Gulf of Mexico Bill Clifford, MSL Engineering
SEPT 22 Experiences of a recent entrant to the UK North Sea John Scrimangeour -Petro-Canada
OCT 5 The Ocean Power Delivery Pelamis – Progress and Prospects Richard Yemm Managing Director, OPD
OCT 13 Offshore Wind Farm Email Forum Seminar chaired by Nick Hill. Talk by David Kerr on gravity foundations; by Richard Ford on Intermittency; and  by Richard Gold ring on cable issues.
OCT 18 Upstream Weather – Metocean Data for the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry David Hulse, Senior Applied Scientist, Marine. Met Office
OCT 18 Exploiting Elephants – Pushing the Engineering Boundaries of Ultra Deep Sea Oil & Gas Professor Carl Ross  BSc., PhD., DSc., CEng., FRINA, Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Portsmouth
NOV 9 International Marine Contracting  21st Century Challenges Hugh Williams, IMCA
NOV 15 Onshore response to offshore emergencies Neil Fraser

The 6th Annual Film Evening

THE BIG TOW (1989) Tow of Gullfaks C GBS from Vats to Stort in 1989.

THE SAFETY CASE Archive film covering the Piper Alpha disaster, the Cullen Report and the requirements of the subsequent Safety Case regime.

THE AGBANI FPF PROJECT (1999) Conversion of vessel in 1998, followed by tow and installation in the Abana field, offshore Nigeria.

THE TRAVELLER (2005) Newly released film showing the Ormen Lange project, including the Storegga slide.

KIZOMBA A (2001) Fabrication of a tension leg platform in the Netherlands and installation offshore Angola.

GOLDENEYE (2002) North Sea Goldeneye steel platform and associated infrastructure.

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
DEC 13 Windstore: A Concept for Large Scale Offshore Wind Energy Storage Gus Cammaert DnV
JAN 11

Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics

Important Topics from the recent International Symposium in Perth, Western, Australia

Professor Guy Houlsby, Oxford University and others.

Joint meeting with BGA


JAN 17 Sakalin Project Robert Buchanan
FEB 1 Well Control Andrew Rees, Matthews Daniel International (London) Ltd.
FEB 21 Challenges of Offshore Decommissioning Norrie Ramsay – BP Project Decommissioning Manager
MAR 1 AGM & Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm Adrian Chatterton, E-ON
APR 5 FPSO Survivability design – a consistent approach incorporating risk and reliability analysis Paul Frieze, PAFA
MAY16 Decision and Risk Analysis – Engaging with the Knowledge Base Pat McIntosh, Atkins
MAY 30 Advances in Deep Water Technology Richard Snell – BP
SEPT 6 Structural Integrity Management of Mature Assets Mohammad Nabavian – PSN
OCT 11 Fire and Blast Structural Design Technology Steve Walker – Atkins Oil & Gas
NOV 1 Metocean Design and Operating Criteria for Offshore Projects Howard Lawes  – Noble Denton

7th Annual Film Evening

BORN IN FIRE – 1980’s Archive film on the construction and installation of the North Rankin A Platform, Western Australia

THE STOREGGA SLIDE – 2003 Covers the geological aspects of the slide and its impact on the Ormen Lange Development

ARKLOW BANK WIND FARM INSTALLATION – 2003 Installation of wind turbines by the Jumping Jack jack-up rig

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant

JAN 10


Carbon Trust Activities in Marine Energy


John Callaghan (Carbon Trust)

FEB 07


Development of Deep Water Egyptian Offshore Gas Fields David Blacoe & David Smith (Intec)

FEB 20


Fusion – Possible Business Opportunity for Offshore Engineers Dan Mistry (UKAEA)

MAR 07


Floating LNG – Are We Ready to Leap the Hurdle? Brian Songhurst (Energy and Power)

MAR 20


Green Passports for Decommissioning Helen Manson and Steve Danton (LR)

APR 04


Geohazards – A New Name for an Old Problem S. Thomas (Fugro Ltd.)

APR 17


Application of FFS in the Offshore Industry Afshin Motarjemi (DNV)



Retrieving a Damaged Jack-Up Following Hurricane Damage Richard Stonor (Noble Denton Consultants)

MAY 15


Jack-up Issues Rupert Hunt (Shell)



LNG Tanks and Offloading Systems John Kernaghan (Noble Denton Consultants)



ISO 19900 General Requirements for Offshore Structures David Galbraith (Poseidon International)

OCT 03


Fibre Optics and MEMS Technology for Offshore Asset Management Dr Ather Sharif (Civil Engineering Dynamics)

OCT 16


NW Hutton Decommissioning  



Steel Castings

Paul Muckford & Tony Wood  (Sheffield ForgeMasters)


NOV 13


Helicopter & Helideck Operations Offshore Steve O’Collard, Chief Pilot (CHC Scotia Ltd)

DEC 04



8th Annual Film Night

OPERATION NORTH SEA Archive footage from 1965.

DELIVERING GROWTH History of Woodside and recent developments.

TROLL OIL – RAISING THE BAR Origin of the Troll oil filed and the story of its development.

LOBITO TOMBICO PROJECT Subsea development offshore West Africa.

EAST SPAR Subsea development operated through a control buoy.

BRENT REDUNDANT FACILITIES DECOMMISSIONING Decommissioning of the Brent Flare Tower using the SSCV Saipem 7000.

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant

DEC 13


Life Extension

Joint Meeting with IStructE

Graham Morrison – HSE Offshore Division



JAN 17


Design and Construction of the Millau Viaduct Vincent de Ville de Goyet  (Bureau Greisch)

JAN 09


Pile Driving and Pile Manufacturing Martin Ros (MENCK GmbH) and Jack Op den Kamp (SIF Group BV)

FEB 06


Suction Pile Foundations for Offshore Structures Mark Riemers (SPT Offshore)

FEB 21


Beatrice Windfarm

Joint Meeting with IStructE

Allan MacAskill – Talisman Energy

MAR 05



Riser Soil Interaction in Soft Clay Near the Touch Down Zone

Dr. Tapan K. Zen (KBR)

MAR 18


Dealing with Emergencies a Technical Perspective  

APR 15


Ice Loading in the Arctic Dr. Gus Cammaert – Det Norske Veritas

MAY 07


Creating some Wealth from Offshore Engineering and Enjoying the Challenge

Joint Meeting with IMarEst

Tony Trapp – IHC’s Engineering business

MAY 22


Structural Aspects from Sea Eagle & Bonga FPSO’s Offshore Nigeria

Joint Meeting with IStructE

Bill Laver – Shell



Offshore Pipeline Operational Response Analysis and Design Dr. Emil Maschner – JP Kenny

OCT 01


Scour Control Around Gravity Based Structures Dr Richard Whitehouse – HR Wallingford

NOV 01


An Insight into Deep Water Remote Intervention Work Mark Varley – Subsea 7

DEC 03


9th Annual Film Night

THE ENERGY IN OUR LIVES Recent developments by Woodside in Australia with particular reference to LNG. 

ANGEL PROJECT Three short films covering load-out and installation of the Angel platform on the North West Shelf of Western Australia.

SYCAMORE PROJECT Subsea development of the Venture Sycamore project in the North Sea.

POWER FROM THE SEAS & EMEC – GENERATING CHANGE Two short films on the work of the European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkneys in the development of marine renewable energy.

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
JAN 07 London Array Wind Farm 

Morten Liingaard

Dong Energy

FEB 04 Structural Integrity of Older Platforms

Les Newman

Atkins Oil and Gas

FEB 25


Risk, Reliability and Life Extension of Ageing Offshore Structures

One day seminar organised by IMechE


MAR 04


Field Development Project

Angola Block 18

Mark Hudson


APR 01 Deep Water Mediterranean Pipeline Route Survey Richard Brown, Peter Warden – J P Kenny
SEPT 02 The Hutton TLP– The Homecoming Richard Austin – Global Maritime
OCT 07 Tidal Stream Energy Mike Smith and Tim Cornelius Atlantis Resources
NOV 04 FPS Mooring Systems – Trial and Tribulations Martin Brown (Consultant Naval Architect) – Noble Denton Consultants Ltd.
DEC 02

10th Annual Film Night


Pt1 West Libya Gas Project: Sabratha platform

Pt 2 Greenstream Project: Greenstream Pipeline

Two films about the West Libyan Gas Project and associated Greenstream pipeline.  The Sabratha offshore project set a world record with a 12100T deck lift by the Saipem 7000, while the Greenstream pipeline set a record with S lay installation in 1127m by the Castro 6. 

JURA: Fast Track to Success

Film about the development of the North Sea Jura high pressure, high temperature gas field covering subsea and pipelining activities. 


Film about the development of a crude oil terminal, offshore Romania including onshore works, pipelines, PLEM and SPM. 


Pt1: Short impression

Pt2: Construction

Two films about the Princess Amalia Wind Farm, offshore Netherlands

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
FEB 09 Liquefied Natural Gas Tanker and FLNG John Kernaghan
FEB 17 Key Aspects in Designing Topsides Structures to Resist Blast Loading Professor Simon Thurlebeck and Michael Hasson – MMI Ltd.
MAR 03 Legal Topic: Ignorance of the Law is no Defence Peter Cassidy – Pinsent Masons
MAY 13 Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm Brian Inwood, ODE Ltd
SEPT 01 Current ROV Tooling Intervention Technology James Gibb – J P Kenny Ltd
OCT 06

Deep Water Pipe-Soil Interaction

Joint meeting with the BGA

Jean-Francois Christophe Ballard from Fugro Engineers SA/ NV and David Brutin from Atkins Boreas
OCT 25

Anchors for Offshore Oil and Gas Applications

This  meeting was held on the HQS Wellington, the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners who were co sponsors together with IMarEst, RINA and the Nautical Institute. 

Senol Ozmutlu – Vryhof Anchors bv Netherlands. 
DEC 06

10th Annual Film Night

BLUE STREAM PROJECT          This  film covered the laying of the pipeline from Russia to Turkey using the Castoro 8 and Saipem 7000 vessels.  A highlight is the S7000 passing under the Bosphorus crossing (just)!

EKOFISK II                                          This archive film covered the remedial works which were necessary following gross settlement of the Ekofisk platforms due to reservoir depletion, and the then future plans for the Ekofisk area. 

PLUTO LNG PROJECT          Covering both offshore and onshore development for the Pluto LNG project, West Australia

ROBIN RIGG OFFSHORE WINDFARM  Scotland’s first offshore windfarm, in the Moray Firth.

GIRASSOL PROJECT – This covers a challenging pipeline repair project in water depth of 1300m, offshore Angola

PLUTO LNG PROJECT – CONSTRUCTION UPDATE        Latest (August 2010) update on the Pluto project

PILE ON SPEED An amusing item to finish on…

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
FEB 02

History of Offshore Structures.

Neil Glover gave an in depth talk on how the oil industry began and presented many photos of early exploration and production up to the 1990s. 

Neil Glover
MAR 02 Buzzard  Enhancement Project Stephen Kirby, Nexen Petroleum Co.
MAR 03 Decommissioning of Offshore Structures: Aspects and Options for their Removal

Professor William Penney, MSc, CDipAF, CEng, FRINA, FSUT,  

Penney Marine Consulting & Visiting Lecturer, Southampton Solent University

APR 06

Wave Forces on Structures

Venue: I Struct E

Scott  Dunn, HR Wallingford
MAY 03

Shallow Gas in the Tophole Section

Co sponsored with The Geological Society

Dr Stella Kortekaas – Fugro BV 
JUN 02 Capacity of Grouted Connections in Wind Turbine Structures Dr Inge Lotsberg, Vice President, Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
SEPT 07 Subsea Production Systems Hugh Doble – Project Engineer, Subsea7
OCT 05 Construction Planning and Installation of the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm David W Summers BEng, CEng, MICE, MIMarEST
Construction Manager, Fluor UK Limited
OCT 12 Key Aspects in Designing Topsides Structures to Resist Blast Loading Dr. Simon Thurlebeck and Michael Hasson from MMI Ltd.
NOV 01 Circular FPSO Projects Frederick Major  Vice President Business Development/R&D of Sevan Marine.
NOV 09 FPS Mooring Systems – Trials and Tribulations Martin Brown of Noble Denton
DEC 06

12th Annual Film Night

BRAE B INSTALLATION 1987 Archive footage of platform and topsides installations.

NORTH WEST SHELF VENTURE Developments in Western Australia, including North Rankin 8, and gas processing.

BC10 PROJECT Pipeline project in water depths of up to 2000m in the Campos Basin.

GREATER GABBARD OFFSHORE WINDFARM The foundation installation challenge (Seaway Heavy Lifting) Wind turbine installation by the Stanislav Udin.

MAXIMA A SEISMIC SURVEY IN A CORAL REEF ENVIRONMENT Investigating the effect of seismic survey on marine life.

THE GREGG SEAFLOOR DRILL DEEPWATER SITE INVESTIGATION TOOL New, remotely operated seafloor rig for deepwater marine soil and rock investigation.


The traditional “and finally” clip.

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant

JAN 11


Subsea Conductor Design Emily Eadington Technical Manager, 2H Offshore Engineering Ltd

JAN 11


FPSOs an Insurance Perspective Clive Whitcroft, Senior Adjuster- Charles Taylor Adjusting.

FEB 08


Single Lift Decommissioning and Hutton TLP Re-use update Richard Austin, Global Maritime

MAR 07


A New Monohull Heavy Lift Vessel – Oleg Strashnov Wim van der Velde – Seaway Heavy Lift

MAR 14


Structural Integrity Monitoring Ray McGlynn – Business Development Manager Fugro Structural Monitoring

MAR 22


Pipeline Bundles,  Design & Installation Willie Watt Subsea7

APR 04


SPS an Innovation in Repair and Conversion for the Offshore Industry Rob Duffin -Intelligent Engineering, Director, SPS Overlay

MAY 02


North Sea Fixed Platforms: from a materials perspective. Alan Denney

MAY 29


Development of Wave and Tidal Energy and the Benefits of Risk Based Certification

Claudio Bittencourt and  Benson Waldron

Det Norske Veritas

JUN 06


Aspects of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation Design and Instrumentation During Foundation Installation

co-sponsored with the BGA

Norwegian Geotechnical Institute



Pipeline Bundles,  Design & Installation Willie Watt Subsea7



Deepwater Hybrid Riser Technology Tim Eyles, Managing Director, 2H Offshore
OCT 03 On Capacity of Cylindrical Shaped Grouted Connections with Shear Keys Dr Inge Lotsberg, Vice President, Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
OCT 10 Brownfield Modifications – A Weight Challenge James Harker – Project Manager, Wood Group Mustang
NOV 08 Monitoring the Integrity of Offshore Jacket Structures Susan Gordon – Fugro GEOS Ltd – Structural Monitoring Division

DEC 04


13th Annual Film Night

1. BRITSATS – Fabrication The Britannia Satellites Phase 1 Development involved the simultaneous development of the Callanish and Brodgar fields through subsea tie-backs to a new platform bridge-linked to the existing Britannia platform. This first of three films covers the fabrication of the Bridge Linked Platform (BLP)

2. BRITSATS – Installation.  This second film covers the transportation and offshore installation of the BLP jacket, deck and bridge

3. BRITSATS – Subsea.  The final film in the trilogy follows the subsea tie-backs from the new wells to the BLP

4. SEVEN BOREALIS – Conversion and construction of Subsea Seven’s new pipelay and heavy lift vessel

5. REMOVAL OF DP2 JACKET BY MEANS OF BUOYANCY TANKS.  Novel technique for removal of Frigg DP2 platform

6. CASTOR STORAGE FACILITY – project description. Gas storage project offshore Spain

7. ORMONDE CONSTRUCTION.  Construction and installation of the Ormonde windfarm

8. LONDON ARRAY.  The largest windfarm to date

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant



Aberdeen Film Night Matthew Maddox – Chairman OES region.

JAN 10


Site characterization in nearshore and offshore geotechnical projects

Co-Sponsored with BGA

Joek Peuchen – Fugro

FEB 06


Installation of Big Monopiles Christoph Dytert, MENCK & Jason Clark, LDD

FEB 14


Corrosion Failures Jim Britton – Deepwater EU Ltd

MAR 06


Developments in jack-up site specific assessment and ISO 19905-1 Mike Hoyle, GL Noble Denton

MAR 13


Geotechnical Engineering Through Lifecycle of a Project from Conception to Decommissioning Jamie Irvine – Cathie Associates
APR 10 Mooring and Anchoring Practices Offshore Senol Ozmutlu – Vryhof Anchors

MAY 01


Risk Management in Offshore Oil & Gas John Yates, Marsh Limited

OCT 02


Design of foundations for offshore wind turbines: Dynamic Soil-Structure-Interaction considerations. Professor and Chair in Geomechanics Subhamoy Bhattacharya – University of Surrey

OCT 09


Lessons Learned from 1st and 2nd Generation Topsides Weight Databases Mike Taylor Libra Engineering Ltd

NOV 06


An update on the Offshore Oil & Gas Decommissioning Market Brian Nixon, Decom North Sea

NOV 13


Cathodic Protection of Subsea Structures – Retrofit Analysis, Calibration and Comparative Assessment James Horton – Frazer-Nash Consultancy

NOV 20


Introduction to Offshore Engineering for Students and Graduates  

DEC 03


14th Annual Film Night Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant

JAN 08


Grouting Applications in the Offshore Petrochemical and Renewable Energy Industries John Hudson, FoundOcean Limited

FEB 05


Floating LNG – A Rapidly Expanding Technology & Business Brian Songhurst

MAR 05


Grouted Connections – What can be learned from previous R&D and the monopile failures to help the offshore industry design reliable connections? Dr Colin Billington  Helacol Consulting Partners

MAR 12


An Introduction to Laying, Burying and Repairing High Voltage Subsea Power Cables Ian Sherrington, Mwaves Ltd

APR 02


Deepwater Construction Vessel Aegir Ramon de Haas – Heerema Marine Contractors UK Ltd

APR 09


Dynamic behaviour of offshore wind turbines Dr Domenico Lombardi  – Edinburgh Napier University

MAY 07


Subsea Well Response Project Lazina Chowdhury, Wood Group Mustang.

JUN 04


Design challenges of the ultra deep Guara-Lula project in Brazil – Vertically Loaded Suction Anchor Groups Majid Hesar Principal Engineer Subsea 7
SEPT 03 Oil & Gas Exploration in the Arctic Prof. Alastair Fraser – Imperial College London
OCT 01

Onshore – offshore geology:  The vital link for the engineering of offshore windfarms founded in chalk. 

Joint OES/EGGS meeting, presented by Rory Mortimore of ChalkRock and John Carey of Wind Support Ltd

Richard Holdgate, National Grid Carbon, Solihull, UK
NOV 05 CCS in the UK – The Humber Cluster  
DEC 03

15th Annual Film Night

1. The Murchison project              Archive footage showing installation of the North Sea Murchison platform in 1979

2. Gunfleet Sands demonstration project  Demonstration project featuring two new 6MW turbines adjacent to the existing Gunfleet Sands windfarm, offshore Clacton

3. Tombua Landana installation project  Installation, by SSCV Hermod and SSCVThialf, of deepwater compliant tower offshore Angola in 2008

4. Mighty ships – Peace in Africa   Documentary on seabed mining offshore South Africa

5. Novel pile driving technique The traditional “and finally” clip…

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
JAN 14 Offshore Windfarm Foundations  Ben Wysome – Ramboll.
FEB 04 Seabed Mining – unburied treasures awaiting collection Stef Kapusniak, Business Development Manager – Mining (Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd)
MAR 04 Golden Eagle Area Development  Stephen Kirby (Nexen) 
APR 08 Floating Wind Turbine Generators Simen Moxnes – Statoil
MAY 06 A North Sea Launch Jacket Installation James Tate, MEng, Naval Analysis Engineer at Saipem Ltd.
JUN03 The PSVM Project – Deepwater Subsea Installation Challenges’  Subsea 7
SEPT 02 A History of Offshore Structures NEIL GLOVER (Director, GMOC Ltd) and MARK KNIGHT (Manager of the offshore structures and marine engineering department, CB&I

Decommissioning and Installation with the Pioneering Spirit

A joint OES Meeting with the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM)

André Steenhuis – Vice President Innovations, Allseas
OCT 01

Quantitative Risk Assessment of Geohazards in an Offshore Environment

EGGS / OES joint meeting

David Ruston Fugro GeoConsulting and Andy Mills AM Geomorphology
OCT 07 Conductor Anchor Node Technology WOLFGANG MATHIS, MSc, PhD (Technical Manager, NeoDrill AS) and ROI SANTOS BSc, MSc (GeoConsultancy Manager, Gardline Geosciences Ltd)
NOV 04 Modern Offshore Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) MARK BOULT BA, MA, FIChemE, FIRM
NOV 18 Introduction to Offshore Engineering for Students and Graduates

Mark Knight – Offshore Structural Engineering

Trevon Joseph – Offshore Geotechnical Engineering

Simon Bowles – Deepwater Riser Engineering

Mike Hallet’s – Offshore Renewable Energy

Rowan Edmondson –  Offshore Pipelines

Eirini Spentza – Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Consulting

DEC 02

16th Annual Film Night

1.  Fortuna 3D marine seismic Seismic survey for Woodside’s Fortuna field, offshore Western Australia

2.  Heerema Marine Contractors  Covering activities including jacket, TLP, topsides and pipeline installation plus platform removal

3.  Clair Ridge – Meeting the construction challenge                Recently released film showing progress to date on this West of Shetland development

4.  Enochdhu Bundle project  Launch of the longest man-made movable structure in the world 

5.  West of Shetland spool loadout and installation Loadout and installation of spool pieces for the Laggan Tormore project


6.  IVRR subsea manifold removal 2013  Removal of three subsea manifolds from the Ivanhoe and Rob Roy fields by sscv Hermod

7.  Aeolus meteo mast installation  Installation of two met masts, 75km offshore Netherlands and Germany

8.  Bellwind   Installation of wind turbine generators, transformer station and cables, offshore Belgium

9.  Twin crane lift – Part 1 

10.Twin crane lift – Part 2 

The traditional “and finally……” slot

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant
JAN 06 Offshore Wind: A Systems Engineering Re-think Prof. Seamus Garvey (Nottingham University)
FEB 03 GUARÁ & LULA NE – The BSR Project Pedro Viana, Technical Manager, 2H Offshore and Hans van Diemen, Project Manager, Subsea 7
MAR 02 MeyGen Project David Collier, Atlantis
APR 06 THE INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE – The Mid-Atlantic Current Hindcast Dr Nicolas Fournier, Science Manager, UK Met Office
MAY 18 Blue Piling Technology Jasper Winkes of Fistuca BV. 
JUN 08 Search for Flight  MH370 Rob Luijnenburg
SEPT 07 Structural Integrity Management: Someless Routine Activities Phil Wicks, Manager, SIM and Structures Unit, DNV GL
OCT 05 Advances in Composite Materials for Offshore Applications

Charles Tavner

Commercial Director Magma Global Ltd

NOV 02 Clair Ridge Project

Paul Keeler, BP Clair Ridge T& I Manager


Kevin Hampson, BP Geotechnical Technical Authority

DEC 06

17th Annual Film Night

1. Operation North Sea Archive film showing installation of two steel platforms in the North Sea, 1965

2. Clair Ridge progress – to 2015  and 2016 update Topsides fabrication and installation for two platforms west of Shetlands, 2015-16

3. Decommissioning the Brent field  Plans for decommissioning the North Sea Brent field, including use of Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, 2016

4. SMD trenching machine QT1400  Pipeline trenching tool

5. Tullow TEN project Pipeline and subsea structure installation offshore Ghana, 2016

6. Tideway – offshore contractor Scour protection by rock dumping

7. Kentish Flats Extension inauguration  Getting the local community onside for expansion of an offshore wind farm, 2016

8. Blue Piling Pt1 and Pt2 Innovative technique for driving offshore wind farm monopiles

9. The search for the MH370 Record-breaking deep water survey offshore Western Australia for remains of the lost Malaysian Airlines plane

Dr Ray Hobbs BSc, PhD, CMarEng, CEng- Independent Geotechnical Consultant