Nov. 29, 1999
ABB has created a new Deepwater Systems Division centered in Houston.

ABB has created a new Deepwater Systems Division centered in Houston. The division is structured to provide customers globally with deepwater development solutions from design through to commissioning. The division will deliver integrated and innovative solutions for field development completion options and floating production systems. The new division will also continue to execute more traditional shallow water development projects, building on a significant background of execution for U.S. Gulf of Mexico and West African customers.

The new Deepwater Systems Division will also be responsible for the development and commercialization of a portfolio of pre-engineered floating deepwater systems for all operating conditions. ABB already has an unmatched track record through its participation in the majority of tension leg platform (TLP) projects in the Gulf of Mexico and overseas. A proactive technology development program is focusing on new systems and hull forms, particularly for dry completion solutions in deepwater.

The Deepwater Systems Division, formally organized as a division in ABB Lummus Global, also intends to utilize the established experience, capability and systems of ABB to execute large integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) projects. Additionally, ABB's Financial Services provides the linked capability to deliver innovative business approaches and project finance solutions.

Expert engineering-only services will also be provided to customers in the area of global analysis, naval architecture and floating systems design.

John Chianis will head the new Deepwater Systems Division. In addition, J.A. (Buddy) DeVoe will take responsibility for all Business Acquisition activities.

ABB's worldwide oil, gas and petrochemicals business activities include the companies ABB Lummus Global, ABB Offshore Systems, ABB Soimi and ABB Vetco Gray. The business focuses on the development and supply of offshore installations, refineries and composite petroleum plants worldwide.

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Learning Unlimited Corp. (LUC), Tulsa, Okla., a training and organizational development consulting firm, has named Mike Todd sales and marketing director.

Todd formerly worked at Kinko's, where he was employed since 1990. Most recently, Todd served as one of Kinko's top ranked corporate account managers.

Learning Unlimited Corp. specializes in experience-based training and development for a wide variety of businesses and organizations worldwide. Using behavior style assessment tools and cutting-edge, interactive techniques, issues like leadership, team-building, trust, communication and problem-solving are explored.

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BJ Services Co. has named Doug Bell sales manager-Far East & Middle East regions for BJ Tubular Services. Previously Bell served as operations manager of Hammer Services-Far East region for the division.

Bell oversees all sales and promotional activities and business development initiatives in these regions. In addition, he is tasked with responding to all tenders calling for the provision of casing running and hammer services. Based in Indonesia at the division's Jakarta base, Bell reports to Paul Colston, area manager-Far East & Middle East for BJ Tubular Services.

Prior to joining BJ Tubular Services in 1998, Bell was operations manager of Hammer Services-Far East region for P.T. Intraco Penta Group in Jakarta, Indonesia.

BJ Tubular Services specializes in personnel and equipment for running casing and tubing, particularly premium connections, high chrome content tubulars, dual, triple and sub-sea completions, as well as hammer conductor driving services.

With its headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, the division also operates bases in the Far East and Europe.

BJ Services Co. is a provider of pressure pumping and related oilfield services to the petroleum industry. The company operates in every major oil and gas producing region. Internationally, the company operates as BJ Services Co., BJ Process and Pipeline Services, BJ Tubular and Completion Services, Nowsco-Fracmaster in Canada and Unichem.

World Batch Forum (WBF), Phoenix, Ariz., has named Peter Iles-Smith to the board of directors. Iles-Smith is responsible for the newly announced European Batch conference. Scheduled for October 2000 in Brussels, Belgium, industry professionals from around the world will convene to discuss and share Batch technologies and controls.

Iles-Smith is employed with Yokagawa United Kingdom Ltd., as director of technology and automation. He is responsible for the management of information technology and to strengthen the core management team.

Iles-Smith is the founding member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Project Management Subject Group and past chairman and committee member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Subject Group on Process Control.

World Batch Forum is a non-commercial professional society devoted to the understanding and application of emerging batch processing technologies and automation standards worldwide, including ISA, S88, SP95, IEC 1131 and IEC SC65A.

Industrial Scientific Corp., Oakdale, Pa., has named Elaine L. Bonoma to its board of directors.

Bonoma is president of BG International, Concord, Mass., and is currently associated with the law firm of Mintze and Levin in Boston.

Industrial Scientific Corp. designs, manufactures and sells gas monitoring instruments and other technical products for the preservation of human life and property.