What We Do


Xpert Opinions is a technical discussion forum for the oil & gas, petrochemical and energy industries. Members of the forum are able to access moderated content, peer reviewed technical articles and post questions on specific engineering matters. Members may also access a community of consultants with deep technical competencies and experience.


Xpert Opinions aims to create a “back-pocket” engineering function accessible to all registered members of the forum. Xpert Opinions is of particular relevance to small and medium sized operators and service companies who may not have ready access to a full complement of technical authorities.


Consultants will typically be subject matter experts in their respective engineering disciplines. They will be members of a professional engineering institute, either at chartered or fellow status. Our intent is to maintain a balanced, yet comprehensive and multi-disciplined community of consultants.


Our Discussion Forum



Our Technical Discussion Forum is open for membership. Click here to access the login page to the forum.


The Xpert Opinions Technical Discussion Forum has no restriction on membership. There are no enrollment nor subscription fees. The purpose of the forum is to promote dialogue amongst its members, including guidance and advice on common technical issues, sharing of best practice, experiences and lessons learned, and the ability to seek expertise from the forum when required.


Prospective members initially need to register with the forum. Once complete, members are able to create posts visible to all members of the discussion forum. Members are also able to post threads in a private area of the forum which is only visible to consultants.

Threads and any subsequent posts are moderated in accordance with forum guidelines. Posts are also be categorised by engineering discipline and subject matter such that our data base of previous threads may be easily searched.


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Meet the Consultants

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Mark

Materials & Welding

An experienced materials and welding engineer with 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry including materials selection, welding engineering, failure analysis, inspection, corrosion engineering for a wide range of items including structural, vessels, pipework, pipelines, and subsea equipment.

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Peter

Operations Management

Experienced oil and gas industry Operational Manager with a broad range of skills from asset transition for new operators, development and delivery of regional turnaround strategies, late life operations and decommissioning. OIM on both fixed and floating assets.

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Stuart

Pipelines

Pipeline engineer with over thirty years experience in both the oil & gas and process industries. Expertise in both onshore and offshore pipelines, covering the full lifecycle from concept select through to decommissioning; rigorous technical evaluations undertaken; development of innovative and novel solutions.

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Nigel

Process and Process Safety

A chemical engineer with 43 years experience of process design in oil and gas field developments, projects, onshore and offshore operations including pipelines, HS&E and contractor management. Working as an independent consultant since 2008 and specialising in process safety, Nigel is also an instructor for the IChemE in HAZOP, LOPA, process safety and safety instrumented systems.

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Maggie

Process and Process Safety

Maggie commands 30 years of experience in the oil and gas and renewables industries, adding value and leading change in two disciplines: Process Engineering and Safety Engineering which has included ensuring the safety and delivery of major, high-value engineering projects on an international scale.

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Mariesha

CI & Change Management

Mariesha has 25 years experience delivering continuous improvement in academia, healthcare and oil & gas. A Lean Six Black Belt with a Phd in Change management, she is expert in delivering business improvement with Oil & Gas Contractors and Operators. Key skills include streamlining processes to remove waste and improve operational efficiency.

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Michelle

Environmental

Experienced Environmental Manager across all asset phases from exploration to decommissioning. In addition to regulatory requirements skills include Environmentally Critical Elements, Monitoring, EU ETS, Climate Change and decarbonisation.

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Ed

Risk Management

Internationally experienced risk manager specialising in management systems and the application of modelling techniques to complex scenarios.

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Dave

Maintenance Management

35 years experience in the oil & gas industry delivering maintenance solutions, including maintenance management processes & procedures, maintenance optimisation, maintenance strategies, programme development, data systems, operational reviews & integrity management.

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James

Production Chemistry

Experienced Production Chemistry Technical Authority, delivering reservoir to refinery solutions on flow assurance, production enhancement, and process integrity. Certified Lead Auditor for Asset Management and board member of SPE Global HSE and Water Technical Section Committees.

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Mike

Operations Management

40 yrs ops & projects experience, spanning FEED through to decommissioning on fixed installations & FPSO’s, specifically ops readiness & assurance; system completions & handover; ops acceptance & start-up; late life ops; asset assessment & transition; jacket & topsides removal.

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Yunnan

Corrosion Management

With over 24 years experience in materials, metallurgy, corrosion and asset integrity, Yunnan holds a PhD in materials science, is a chartered engineer and chartered scientist, a fellow of the IMMM and ICorr as well as a NACE certified corrosion specialist.

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Colin

Process Engineering

30 years technical leadership across the full life cycle of major oil & gas projects. An industry leading authority in pressure relief & blowdown systems. Proven track record in integrating process & process safety. Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University.

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Arthur

Operations Management

40 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry having managed large scale Midstream Terminal and Pipeline System's in the UK and Overseas. Experience includes JV Asset Management, Operations Management, Commercial Manager, Project Manager, Decommissioning and Asset Transition Management.

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Tim

Subsea Engineering

Tim has over 40 years’ oil & gas experience mainly focussed on subsea project engineering and subsea operations including accountability for subsea field design, construction, commissioning & operation.

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Murray

Operations Excellence

Operations Excellence and Production Improvement specialist, with more than 20 years experience in the oil & gas sector. Significant experience from multiple projects here in the UK and internationally, with a particular passion for engaging and developing frontline teams.

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Chris

Structural Engineering

Chartered engineer (FIStructE) with 35 years experience in upstream oil & gas; expertise in offshore structural engineering, design of facilities in arctic & seismic environments, study management of unmanned platforms, topsides weight estimation & management to maximise brownfield upgrades.

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Alasdair

Process Engineering

Over 35 years in the oil & gas industry with major operators and the establishment and growth of a leading consultancy. Experiences include technical advisory roles, quality management, development of ISO9001 management systems, IRCA lead auditor, engineering management and process engineering.

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Colin

Mechanical Handling and Lifting

30 years oil & gas experience, on & offshore, both UK and international in all aspects of mechanical handling, crane and lifting operations, including competence, training, maintenance and inspection programmes, FMECA, major maintenance and overhauls.

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Mohammad

Process Safety

A process safety professional with experience of working in lead and focal point roles with regulators, operators, EPCs (projects & service contracts), consultancies & implementation of safety management systems. Work experience spans conventional and renewable energy across the UK and overseas.

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Ken

Rotating Equipment

35 years experience as a Rotating Equipment consultant, having worked for both OEMs and major operators in the petrochemical and oil & gas industries. Particular expertise in operations support, major projects, engineering standards, condition & performance monitoring. Ken is a Fellow of the IMechE.

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Guy

Power Generation & Coach

An electrical engineer with over 25 years of international experience across the entire lifecycle of combined cycle power plants, including leadership, project and operations management roles. A professional and Certified Master Coach, supporting individuals, teams and executives to achieve success.

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Tom

Process Engineering

Experienced chemical engineer including positions as operations / development engineer, research manager, technical / business unit director. Senior Lecturer at Aberdeen University and Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University. Greenhouse gas reduction & energy efficiency / transition expertise.

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Dilip Patel

Mechanical Engineering

Project and Engineering Manager with 38 years experience in the gas and LNG industry with special focus on LNG tanks, pipework, static and rotating equipment, process safety and procurement. A Chartered Engineer and Member of the Energy Institute with expertise in energy storage and security.

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Ian

Instrument and Protective Systems

Consultant with 40 years of experience in operations and projects in oil & gas and petrochemicals. Specialises in the deployment and assurance of Functional Safety and Alarm Management. A track record of delivering significant business success, supporting clients with new & legacy facilities.

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