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Drill Rig Lead Welder

Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
March 08, 2023

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Plot ** Gymkhana rd

Bridle Park

Midrand ****

South Africa

Mobile: +27-645******

Tel/Fax: +27-11-464****


Ian David Walker

Personal Information

Nationality: South African

Age: 57 years

Languages: English, Afrikaans, African mining dialects West/ North Africa, some Portuguese.

Summary of Qualifications

1982 – 1986 Krugersdorp Technicon, South Africa Diamond Cutters Union, South Africa

Chamber of Mines, South Africa

NTCI, NTCII, NTCIII Mechanotechnology *Distinction

1987 – 1999 Diamond Cutter (crossworker)

1990 - 1993 Plater (Welder) Red seal *Distinction

1995 - 1996 Professional Drafting Services

CAD 3D Drafting Certificate

2003 - 2014 Cert – 6G ASME IX; 6G ABS Pipe Welding

HUET Training BOSIET - OPITO & STCW95 compliant

NDT UT Level 1, 25mm Plate and pipe

Irata L3 – Rope access supervisor

First aid L1

Current UKOOA Medical Cert (European and UK requirement)

1981 Krugersdorp High School, South Africa

Highest STD - Matric

Subjects: English, Afrikaans, Geography, Biology, Science, Mathematics, Industrial Arts.

Professional Experience

1/9/2018- date Watsons Rigging Solutions; ALE;

Fabrication of jack&slide equipment along with a variety of certifiable lifting mechanisms, crane truck upgrades and modifications, rigging supervision, mechanical support for rigging crews, machine moving, welding repairs, rope access assistance to rigging projects. Projects include:-Anglo Gold Ashanti, load out 4 of 35ton generators. DHL, load out 100ton rock boring mobile to Atlas Copco. Gautrain, bridge lift for re-alignment. Bidvest; offload, transport and laydown 4 of, 1100Ton LPG bulk vessels in Richards Bay by means of SPMT and jack&slide methods.

01/9/2014- 20/8/2018 Sosolar Systems & Jumar Croll

Gauteng- Crew Supervisor Solar & wind system installations, batteries, inverters, solar panels and charge controllers. Welding and fabrication of solar panel mounting brackets and stands designed sun tracker system, roof mounted and stand alone. Self employed; Building, electrical, plumbing, welding, generator repairs, vehicle repairs, welding fabrication and repairs, water reticulation, paving, dry walling and more.

01/06/2014-01/08/2014 Ocean IRM

Egypt-6G Lead welder. Upgrade Saipem control platform. Welding performed on pipes, pipe support clamps, beam structures, deck plates and replace deck grating. Multi stage project including electro mechanical, instrumentation and diving crew.

01/05/2013- 01/4/2014 Archer Survey & Inspections

Brazil- Supervisor for Various inspection surveys managing of 3rd party inspection crews for Seadrill deep water drill rigs in that area. Pressure vessel surveys by means of Acoustic Emissions testing and UT, Pipe surveys, High Pressure Pipe surveys - UT, Structural surveys- UT and MPI, Valve surveys – pressure testing and function testing and various UT projects

01/01/2013- 31/03/2014 Archer Survey & Inspections

Hercules 260 drill rig: Cameroon- Limbe. Steel Surveyor In-port construction project, repairing jack-up legs, repairing spud can torn shell plate, repair tanks and preload tanks, UT ndt, magnetic particle ndt, confined space entry, scaffolding, work at height, ABS approval.

08/2012-09/2012 Archer Survey & Inspections

Atlantic Tiburon drill rig: Singapore. Steel Surveyor Stacked jack-up rig awaiting mobilisation, Hull condition survey of preload tanks followed with report compilation identifying steel requirements.

06/2012-07/2012 Archer Survey & Inspections

Onome drill rig: Calabar Nigeria Steel Surveyor Drill Rig- Jack up. Inspected and measured the bent legs on this rig for repair feasibility research.

04/2012-5/2012 Archer Survey & Inspections

Transocean: GSF Galaxy II oil drill rig, North Sea off Aberdeen. Steel Surveyor

Performed UT wall thickness checks on this rig, for a hull condition survey identifying steel requirements.

10/2011 Archer Survey & Inspections

Transocean Legend deepwater drill rig: Hull Preservation Survey leader. Karatha, West Australia. Hull Preservation survey performed followed by report compilation.

11/2011-12/2011 Afren: Gulftide production platform Global Energy Ventures

Ivory Coast: - Rope Access welding Supervisor. Welding of new helideck installed by means of rope access.

09/2011-10/2011 Deepwater Millennium Drillship RJ Southey

Rope Access welding supervisor. Crane boom lacing change out, and general refurbishing of the boom. Various work at height tasks: - cable trays; Touch up paint. DROPS removal and repairs.

02/2011-11/2011 Archer Survey & Inspections

Hull Preservation Survey Team Leader Saldhana Bay, South Africa. Drill rig evaluations. Transocean Celtic Sea; Transocean Amirante and Trans Ocean Legend. Report compilation and presentation of complete survey, includes coating assessment and steel corrosion assessment. Steel replacement quantity survey for repairs required and recommendations with priority schedule.

10/2010-12/2010 RJ Southey

GSF135 and Constellation 1

Fabricator and welder Gabon.. Rig repairs, Deck plate replacement, hull column cut-out and insert, UT inspection. Rope access L3.

08/2010-09/2010 BP –Luanda Discoverer drill ship (RJ Southey –Contractor SA)

Fabricator and welder Stainless steel and mild steel General ship repairs.

26/04/2010 -16/06/2010 Transocean Rather (RJ Southey –Contractor, SA)

Fabricator and welder Change out of all mud pit chamber deck plates and piping. Rope Access- Derrik DROPS survey and repairs, pipe clamps, mounting brackets secondary retention, lock nuts, etc.

03/2010-04/2010 Shell Nigeria Sea Eagle FPSO (Petrotech–Contractor, SA)

L3 Crew Supervisor, for NDT inspection on Hydralift Cranes. NDT on the SYMP of the FPSO. Eddy current, mpi and ultrasonic testing. Return 1st week April 2010

10/2009-01/2010 Transocean Jim Cunningham (Petrotech –Contractor, SA)

. L3 Supervisor Angola, West Africa, Painting and grit blasting, Drops Survey. Rotational hitches, as back to back until Jan 2010.

08/2009-09/2009 Global Energy Ventures –Erik Raude drill RIG

L3 Supervisor Ghana, West Africa..Lifting Gear Inspection moon pool area and derrick. Return early September 2009.

02/2009 – 07/2009 Transocean (RJ Southey –Contractor, SA)

6GABS Irata L3 Supervisor, Team Leader. Sedneth 701, Transocean. Replace 8” seawater line for length of 84 feet, 3 deck penetrations all completed in 7 days. Replace valve reach boxes in deck plates. Start 22 February 2009, completion 7 March 2009. June, Sedneth 701 in dock at Walvis Bay, repairs. return 4 July.

05/2008 – 11/2008 Transocean (Petrotech –Contractor, SA)

Numerous hitches with them in Angola. 6G ABS all position welding and Team Leader L3- Transocean, Angola, emergency repair to tubular bracing leak. Completion 7 October 2008. Due to return to Angola 14 October for 3 week hitch. Due back approximately 10-12 November 2008.

08/2008 – 09/2008 ChevronBBLT Cabinda(CLS –Contractor, UK)

Angola. 6 G Welder L3 Rope access supervisor.

Emergency hitch working for Petrotech. Returned to SA for 3 days and then back to Angola for a hitch with CLS.

25/06/07 – 02/042008 RJ Southey – Global Sante Fe/Transocean

Position Supervisor L3

6G ABS all position welding – First time ever, gusset replacement and complete leg refurbishment on oilrig while the rig is still working. Zero LTI or any incident to date. Adriatic 9 Global Santa Fe`/Transocean - Gabon W Africa.

Jerry Wilhite – Project supervisor -Global Santa Fe/Transocean

21/11/06 – 17/01/07 Janssen-Cilag Pharmaceuticals SA

Manufactured and installed 304L stainless steel mezzanine flooring and stainless steel staircases for Janssen – Cilag pharmaceutical co.

21/07/06 – 07/10/06 DSL – Derrick Services Limited

Position Rope Access L2 Technician 6G Welder and Plater

Duties Joined Transocean Sedco 709 rig in Cape Town and again at Saldhana Bay in South Africa for Derrick ‘beef up’, whilst on tow to Bonga Field in Nigeria. Also did stainless steel pipe repairs. All successfully completed 2 days before arrival at Bonga, Nigeria. Completion 07/10/2006

Reference Chris Blyth - DSL

08/05/06 – 14/07/06 Chevron Escravos Field (Nigeria - West Africa)

Position Rope Access L2 Technician 6G Welder and Plater

Duties Contracted by Ropetech International through Russel Smith Nigeria. Spent nine weeks at Chevron Escravos Field. Did riser inspection by means of UT wall thickness testing. Then did the repairs of risers by means of Clockspring, water resistant epoxy or welding. The greater part of the contract was in the UT Inspection of the risers of the entire oil field. Completion 14/07/2006

Reference Mike Large / Phil Milne – Diving Group – Chevron Escravos.

Ian Baragwanath /David Towse – Ropetech International

05/2005 – 11/04/2006 CSA-Nigeria (Nigeria –West Africa)

Position Offshore Site Manager

Duties Painting and grit blasting of oil rigs and offshore installations by means of rope access. Manage 4man to 50man crews. Duties include rope access rigging, net rigging and suspension, in situ flange facing, hot tapping, welding, fabrication, equipment design ad development, technical consulting, costing, project engineering, drawing, planning and quality control.

01/2004 – 04/2005 African Gold & Diamonds (Sierra Leone, CAR,– West Africa)

Position Fabrication & Welding Division Team leader. 2 IC to CR Engineer.Turnkey construction of 3 Bailey bridges. Maintenance of plant and upgrading of pipe -work, grease tables, vibrating screens, bulk water sumps, belt conveyors etc.

Reference Mr Bushy Coltman - Chief Resident Engineer

Accumulated in-depth work experience at the following companies listed:

Off shore and onshore oil &gas industry construction, rope access, welding, fabrication, inspections, surveys, supervision and management.

Work Experience Crack repair, cable window installation, and general fitting repairs to Vodacom, MTN and Cell C Cellular Transmitter Masts by means of rope access.

Fitting for pressure vessel hydraulic testing for: Transwerk Bevcan, BMW.

Replacing of spring hangers at Mossgas by means of rope access.

drawing, planning / technical support/ QA.

Eskom Electric Power Stations: Kendal, Duvha, Lethabo, Matimba etc.

Coal Mines: Goedehoop, Greenside, Douglas, New Clydesdale etc.

Tubatse FeCr, Hernic FeCr, Vametco, Rhovan, Assmang Cr.

Operations support in workshops and site. General Boilermaker shop duties. Vibrating screens for Namakwa Sands. Research and development of plunger pump seal cleansing system. Machining, milling, drilling, welding and general boiler making and machinery maintenance. Underground pump installations, trouble shooting for underground pump problems. Production foreman on tipper trailer line. 32-man workforce.Revamp and organising of production assessment meetings.Maintenance of safety standards and worker welfare.

Fabrication of stainless steel "T" strainers, basket strainers, cylindrical' and conical strainers for petrochemical and paper industry, SA Water Board. General stainless steel and cast iron welding work. Aluminium and s/steel welding. Eccentric and concentric reducers 10 - 36" Plasma cutting fabricated strainers and Silencers for petrochemical, paper and mining industry. Drawing: CAD, Edgecam,

Tools & Equipment

Oxygen and acetylene cutting torch

Petrol and oxygen cutting torch

Spider baskets

Electrical Arc - stick welding 6G 25mm plate, MIG Welding

TIG Welding - stainless, aluminium, copper

Spot Welding. Metal Powder spraying - Stellite and Fontargen

CNC Plasma Cutting (Burny 2.5) Programming

Lathes, milling machines, drill presses, rolling presses, guillotines, bending brake

Hydraulic, vehicle and electrical repairs.

PIPING> Lobster bends, "T" pieces, lateral joints, flanges, developing, fitting and machining Rope Access. Drawings: CAD, Caddie, Edgecam, Solid Edge 3 D, Ultra Sonic flaw detection.

Rigging & rigging apparatus manufacture.


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