Bob graduated in New Zealand in 1972 with an NZCE and 4 year tool making apprenticeship completed, and started his oil industry career in the North Sea in 1974. Bob was a trainee driller with Forex Neptune (now Transocean SedcoForex). From the cold of the North Sea Bob moved to the Philippines to work on the geothermal project at Tongonan, Leyte.
In 1976 Bob joined Otis Engineering, now part of Halliburton Energy Services, and became a slickline operator involved also with well testing, completions, snubbing and coil tubing operations. For the last 4 years with Otis Bob was a training instructor at their Singapore Training Center and also seconded to Shell in Oman.
Bob set up TTC in 1998, and ran the company until it was sold in 1998 and returned to consulting for 2 years before relocating to Houston in early 2000. Bob returned to Perth in 2008 and became SE Asia Regional Manager for Hunting Energy Services (Well Intervention) Pte Ltd, until re-launching TTC in October 2009. During Bob’s time with Weatherford he was based at their NW Training and Technology Center and also responsible for the RigTrain facility in Aberdeen. This unique facility had 2 rigs, 4 wells, classrooms and workshop facilities. Annual student attendances grew to 6000 per year. While in Houston. Bob was a keynote speaker at the National Energy Rubber Conference in Dallas in 2007 and also addressed a select committee of the API on Computer Based Training (CBT) at the API National Conference in San Antonio in 2006.
Bob is the technical author of a series of CBT wireline modules in 10092 – which are still available via Technomedia International. [www.petroed.com]