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Mark A. Childers MS

Senior Advisor

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Mark Childers has over 40 years’ experience in the upstream oil & gas business mostly with offshore contract drilling centered on engineering, design, construction, operation, and management of mobile offshore drilling units (MODU).  He has specialized in subsea equipment and its operation, deepwater operations, mooring and stationkeeping, deepwater tender assist drilling (TAD), and MODU design and construction.  He has also been involved in MOPU and FPSO design, conversion and operation, along with field development analysis.  Mark has 9 patents for subsea equipment, mooring, and pipe-handling, and has published extensively.

As a consultant, Mark has traveled throughout the world working on technical and design projects, operations assistance, and as an expert witness, including the BP Macondo incident, patent infringement, equipment failures, and contract issues.  He has worked for Exxon, EPRCO, ODECO, Oceaneering, and Atwood Oceanics as a staff engineer, manager, and senior officer.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute – Blacksburg, VA

Masters of Science, Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute – Blacksburg, VA

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