ASME-IPTI to Honor G.T. Ju of Shell for Contributions to the Petroleum Industry

Led the Development of Key Technologies for the Perdido Platform 

HOUSTON, April 8, 2010 – The International Petroleum Technology Institute (IPTI) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has announced G.T. Ju, Ph.D., P.E., as the recipient of the 2010 Geoca Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award.

Ju, manager of Subsea Hardware and Umbilicals with Shell International Exploration and Production, Inc., will be honored at the 2010 ASME-IPTI Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award reception to be held May 3 in conjunction with the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at Reliant Park in Houston.

Established in 1965, the Geoca Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award will be presented to Ju as leader and representative of the subsea team of the Perdido project, and in recognition of his years of distinguished and meritorious service in the field of petroleum mechanical engineering.  Having served with Shell’s deepwater project execution and technology development organizations for more that eighteen years, Ju played a leading role in concept selection, technology maturation, fabrication, installation and commissioning of subsea and flowline systems for Shell’s Perdido Project.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc announced first production from the Perdido platform, last week, and said the massive facility is designed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil and 200-million cubic feet of natural gas per day from its location in the Gulf of Mexico, some 200 miles south of the Texas coast.  Moored in 8,000-feet of water, Perdido is the world’s deepest offshore oil field development and the remotest offshore platform in the Gulf.

During his years with Shell, Ju has been directly involved with technology development for deepwater applications and has participated in several deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico, including the Auger, Mars, Ursa and Brutus TLPs (tension leg platforms) and various subsea developments. For the Perdido project, he was also responsible for development of the innovative subsea separation and pumping system that enabled the project to be developed economically and with less risk.

A registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, Ju, a resident of Houston, earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.

About IPTI
The Houston-based International Petroleum Technology Institute was formed in 2003 as a leading professional and technical institute of ASME to provide advanced education, networking and technology transfer opportunities for the offshore and related industries. 

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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