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Rick Weiss


Over 30 years experience in planning, managing, and conducting engineering projects concerning pipelines, arctic, and offshore technology. Pipeline experience includes engineering for offshore pipelines as well as for cross-country pipelines.


Senior Technical Professional Leader  
KBR, Inc., November 1995 to December 2013, Houston, Texas United States
(Engineering & Construction)
Project manager or lead engineer for pipeline engineering projects. Consultant for offshore arctic engineering.

Senior Technical Advisor  
Exxon Production Research Co., March 1972 to January 1995, Houston, Texas United States
(Petroleum Upstream R&D)
Developed offshore platform structure concepts for sea-ice environments. Designed and managed ice load tests and arctic technology studies. Obtained three patents. Developed offshore pipelay equipment and analyzed pipelay capability and performance. Performed and directed materials science studies.


The University of Texas at Austin  
Ph.D, Engineering Mechanics, Jan, 1968 to Jan, 1972

University of California, Berkeley  
M.S, Applied Mechanics, Jan, 1966 to Jan, 1968

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
B.S, Engineering Mechanics, Jan, 1962 to Jan, 1966
Fred B. Sealy Award 1966


Multiple Slope Structure  (4,325,655)    
Inventors: R. T. Weiss, H. O. Jahns.  Issued April 20, 1982  in United States

Offshore Arctic Structure  (1,139,114)    
Inventors: R. T. Weiss.  Issued January 11, 1983  in Canada

Arctic Offshore Structure  (4,397,586)    
Inventors: R. T. Weiss.  Issued August 09, 1983  in United States


Inspection and Assessment of Offshore Pipelines in the Bay of Campeche     
Published by (Proc. of the Offshore Technology Conference, OTC 8499)
Authors: V. M. Valdes, Y. O. Bayazitoglu, R. T. Weiss, O. L. Valle and T. Hernández.  Published May 05, 1997

In October 1995 Hurricane Roxanne damaged offshore installations in the Bay of Campeche. To assess the condition of significant pipelines, a major inspection program involving over 450 km of pipelines was conducted to survey the location of the pipelines and to determine their relationship to the seabed. Lines not fully buried were visually inspected by multiple video cameras. The results of the inspections were presented on charts, data files and video tapes. These results were utilized along with existing design information to assess the condition of the pipelines and to identify locations where remedial work was needed. The hydrodynamic stability of all exposed pipelines was analyzed to determine the need for pipeline burial. Damage to the pipes, weight coatings and corrosion protection systems was analyzed on a case-by-case basis. The paper will review the pipeline inspection objectives, procedures, and results. Evaluation procedures using this information will be described along with a summary of the conclusions of the study. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive evaluations of existing pipelines ever conducted worldwide and provides a model for future evaluations of aging or damaged pipelines. The improved location and condition information provide a sound basis for appropriate maintenance and operational planning for these lines.