Chief Consultant Floating Systems
Ray has a BSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MBA from University of Houston. He started his career in the offshore industry at Todd Shipyards building tank barges, crane barges and offshore modules in 1975. He moved to Pace Marine Engineering in 1978, marine consulting firm where he was involved in the design of jack-up, semisubmersible and submersible drilling units. In 1985 he joined DNV where he was involved in the classification, verification and survey of offshore drilling units, risk management and inspection of equipment. Later he was manager of offshore operations in Houston and then Regional Manager for South America in the late 1990’s.
In 2000 he took the opportunity to join ABS Consulting responsible for Europe and Asia where grew operations in China and managed the merger of ABS and EQE in Europe and Asia. He joined ABB Lummus Global in 2002 in the Deepwater group as Manager Technology Development that focused on new and improved offshore platforms (semisubmersibles and TLPs) and niche FLNG based upon ABB’s turbo-expander technology. Upon ABB closing down the Deepwater group at the end of 2004, he joined Bureau Veritas as Director Power, Utilities, Oil & Gas which performed owner’s engineer services, verification and inspection of equipment and plants in the LNG, pipeline and offshore industry. Significant projects included certification of onshore pipelines in Israel, vendor inspection of Petrobrás’ Cascade-Chinook’s subsea equipment and owners engineer for Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal, Gulf LNG in Pascagoula and Energia’s Costa Azul Terminal in Baja California. He was called back to DNV in 2010 as Director Market and Business Development for the Americas. He took the opportunity to join Granherne in 2011 as Chief Consultant Floating Systems. Granherne is the global consulting arm of KBR and the premier provider of field development planning, process, safety, marine, subsea flow assurance and integrity management services, with 250 technical professionals in Houston, London and Perth. He has been the project manager for numerous FPSO and field development studies projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and West Africa.