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John Lawson
Subsea Systems Consultant at Chevron Energy Technology Company


An Indentured Marine Engineer, took up an Engineering post in the Paper Industry, before being afforded inclusion in a Management Training Programme.  Safety Engineer for several years before paper making declined in the UK.  Enticed into the Oil and Gas Industry in 1975, gaining experience in construction, maintenance, project management, diving and subsea engineering.  Eventually specialised in pipeline design engineering, construction and installation.  Manager of one of the Wood Group Offshore Engineering Companies and Engineering Manager at CHDL.

Texaco’s Head of Pipeline Engineering in Aberdeen from 1998, progressing, post merger, to Chevron’s Head of Subsea Engineering, leading a team of engineers working on design and installation, operations & integrity management of subsea systems whilst concurrently pursuing a strong interest in research & development.  A career change saw a move to Senior Technology Advisor with Chevron Energy Technology Company, now Subsea Systems Consultant (staff).  Member of BSI, DNV and ISO Code Committees.  Chairs Aberdeen Pipeline Users Group (PLUG) and a variety of JIPs. 

Chartered Engineer, Fellow of IMarEST, IMarEST Council Member and Membership Committee Chair.  Part time university lecturer, contributing to undergraduate and post graduate teaching at University of Aberdeen & University of Strathclyde.    Member of Engineering Advisory Board at U of A.

First class honours in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctorate in Engineering Design Methodology plus an MA in music & MMus; Pipe Major of Rubislaw Pipe Band.

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