General Manager

Eric provides the strategic leadership to the company, working with and leading the Atteris Leadership Team. The team’s focus is to establish, implement and over-see the long-term goals, strategies, plans and policies of the company. In addition, Eric also acts as Principal Consultant.

Biography

Eric is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the pipeline industry, both offshore as well as onshore. In his career to date, he has worked for pipeline construction contractors, engineering design consultancies, as well as offshore oil and gas operators. His geographical experience covers Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America. Eric has been the initiator and design manager for several innovations and research and design programs in the subsea pipeline industry. This has included the development of improved pipeline on-bottom stability design methodologies, pipeline secondary stabilisation and protection designs, subsea scarp crossings, and pipeline shoreline and waterway crossings based on conventional open cut & cover, horizontal directional drilling and tunnelling. Eric founded Atteris Pty Ltd, based in Perth, Western Australia in 1999 and Atteris LLC, based in Houston, Texas, USA, in 2016.

Industry involvement

Eric is the chair of the AS 2885 Part 4 Subcommittee and is actively involved with the Australian Pipelines & Gas Association (APGA), Energy Pipelines CRC, the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) , and is also a guest lecturer for the University of Western Australia. Eric is a proponent to bridge the gap between the onshore and offshore pipeline industries in Australia and globally. He has been achieving this through his involvement with APGA and Energy Pipelines CRC which has resulted in the development of the Offshore Pipeline Engineering Competency Standards and an engineering guideline for the design, construction, inspection and maintenance, and decommissioning of pipeline shoreline and river crossings.

Technical Papers

  • 2004, “Application of Trenchless Technology to Cross a Pristine Shoreline”, ASTT No-dig Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2005, “A State of the Art Shore Crossing”, APPEA Conference, Perth, Australia
  • 2010, “A New Facility for Research on the Stability of Pipelines on Unstable Seabeds”, OPT Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2011, “Pipeline Shore Approach Design – Case Study”, OMAE Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2011, “A Fluid-soil-Approach to Stability Design of Submarine Pipelines”, OTC, Houston, United States of America
  • 2012, “Pipeline Stabilisation using Pre-trenching and Sand Backfill”, OMAE Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2012, “Rock Berm Design for Pipeline Stability”, OMAE Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2012, “Pipeline Stability Revisited”, Great Southern Press, Journal of Pipeline Engineering
  • 2013, “ Expanding APIA’s Pipeline Engineer Training Program – Offshore Competencies”, APIA Convention, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2014, “Effect of Sediment Supply on Suction Scour under a Rock Berm”, International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Perth, Australia
  • 2015, “Development of Offshore Competencies For Pipeline Engineers”, APGA Convention, Gold Coast, Australia
  • 2016, “Knowledge x Experience = Expertise”, SPE International Conference, Perth, Australia
  • 2016, “Offshore Pipeline Standards Revision”, APGA Convention, Perth, Australia
  • 2016, “APGA’s Pipeline Engineer Competency Framework – A Fully Fledged Framework with International Appeal”, APGA Convention, Perth, Australia
  • 2017, “Crossway: A Pipeline Shoreline And Waterway Crossings Engineering Guideline”, Joint Technical Meeting, PRCI – EPCRC – EPRG, Colorado Springs, USA
  • 2017, “Out of sight out of mind – subsea pipeline decommissioning”, The APPEA Journal 2017, 57, 79–87, Presented at the APPEA Conference, Perth, Australia