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" The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, not for profit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. From factory floor to high-rise construction, from military weaponry to home products, AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans. "  --

AWS Houston Section

Founded in 1937, the Houston Section of the AWS is a regional group of AWS members of the national organization which represents the welding profession and all individuals interested in the advancement of welding and its allied processes.


We are a not for profit organization.


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Meeting Information

Houston AWS – May 21st, 2014


Meeting Topic:

Welding of Subsea Production Systems.


Mark R. Devall, P.E.

Executive Vice President

Mark R. Devall is Executive Vice President of Quality Oil Tools LLC.


Mr. Devall was most recently Lead Welding Engineer, Global Subsea Hardware (GSH), for BP America Inc. From 2011 until taking a leadership role with Quality Oil Tools in July 2013, he participated in the safe design and quality build of subsea equipment. He was also primary source of technical expertise on welding within the GSH team. Mr. Devall’s responsibilities included compliance and quality of the welding specifications used by GSH delivery teams, design reviews to address welding specifications and fabrication requirements, as wells as the review and endorsement of construction plans, manufacturing procedures, weld maps, qualification tests and NDE procedures. Prior to joining BP, Mr. Devall was a Sr. Welding Engineer with Acute Technological Services, Inc. (“Acute”) from 2003 to 2011. There his responsibilities included the financial and operational management of projects Acute executed for BP, Shell, Exxon, BHP, FMC, Cameron, GE, and numerous other major operating companies and equipment manufacturers. Mr. Devall managed the execution of flowline and SCR double jointing for several deepwater installations including BP Mardi Gras, BP Atlantis, BP Thunderhorse, and Shell Perdido. He was routinely engaged in the research, development, revision and execution of critical path and high fatigue welding procedures. Mr. Devall wrote, reviewed and updated customer specifications for compliance with API, ASME, NACE, DNV, and ISO codes and standards. With Acute, he also gained significant shop, field, offshore pipe lay vessel, and production unit experience with SAW, SMAW, PAW, FCAW, GMAW, PGMAW, and GTAW manual, machine, and automatic orbital processes, as well as VT, PT, MT, RT, and UT NDE processes.


Previously Mr. Devall was a Sales Executive with Oerlikon Welding, Ltd., from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he was a Welding Engineer with Drill-Quip, Inc. Mr. Devall’s experience also includes: Applications Engineer, Air Liquide America Corporation; Intern – Arc Welding and Automation Group, Edison Welding Institute; Quality Control – New Boiler Construction and Welder/Pipe Fitter Harmony Corporation – Exxon Refinery of Baton Rogue.


Mr. Devall is a State of Texas registered Professional Engineer, P.E. Registration No. 98064, State of Ohio registered Professional Engineer, P.E. Registration No. 71002, and a Certified Welding Engineer of the American Welding Society, CWEng Cert. No. 0603001G. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the American Welding Society (AWS).


Mr. Devall holds a BS in Welding Engineering and an MS in Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University



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