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Paul Erb MS

Technical Advisor

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Paul has spent 37 years in Upstream as a naval architect with a primary focus on Floating Production. Early on, he worked for Exxon Production Research on DDCV (Spar) technology. Subsequently, he spent 17 years at Conoco where he acquired experience with deepwater drilling units, CALM buoys, FSO’s, and some of the early TLP developments. He then moved to Amoco/BP for a 15 year period that included three deepwater semisub projects in the Gulf of Mexico (Nakika, Thunder Horse, and Atlantis). Subsequently, he served as BP’s Upstream Floating Systems Technical Authority.

This assignment included engagement with several international FPSO developments in both rough and mild weather locations. Paul retired in early 2013 and formed Waterdepth Technology to provide technical support for deepwater development. A recent interesting assignment focused on front-end work on a large TLP for a rough weather location.

EDUCATION

Master of Science – Naval Architecture – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, Massachusetts

Masters of Science – Mechanical Engineering – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Science – Naval Architecture – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, Massachusetts

Publications and Patents

  • 1988 Buoy Having Minimal Motion Characteristics, US Patent # 4,768,984 (A novel buoy-supported workover riser system that was applied offshore Indonesia)
  • 1979-1987 Eight publications on Deepwater Development topics in various forums and conferences

INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS and CERTIFICATIONS

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Texas (License #72785)
  • Member, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
  • API & ISO Committee Participation (Scope including Floating Platform design & Subsea System)

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