Houston, TX 77084
As one of the most recognized inventors in the offshore oil & gas business, Horton Wison Deepwater founder and Vice-Chairman Ed Horton has the vision and the creativity combined with the vast amount of experience necessary to lead the Horton Wison team. The breadth and depth of Mr. Horton’s experience extends back to the early days of deepwater drilling when he was part of the Mohole project team in 1961. From that time on, Horton’s career was accentuated with numerous ground breaking developments, including his development and patent of the tension leg platform (TLP) and the spar. Together, these two products alone represent a considerable number of all the deepwater drilling and production systems operational in the world today. Mr. Horton holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Yale and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from USC. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has been awarded the Gibb’s Medal by the National Academy of Science. Mr. Horton has also received lifetime achievement awards by the Offshore Technology Conference, Offshore Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Petroleum Technology Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also an Ocean Star Offshore Pioneer.
Strong leadership and effective communication skills combined with his more than 30 years of in depth experience in the offshore oil & gas industry are the assets that Mr. Navarre draws on as he leads some of the brightest engineers in the industry at Horton Wison Deepwater. A significant portion of his career has been focused on global management in offshore drilling with experience in frontier drilling operations, offshore floating drilling platform engineering, design, new construction, and international sales. Mr. Navarre previously served as COO of Horton and as Senior Vice President of Drilling Business Development with Wison Offshore & Marine. Prior to that, during his 25 year tenure with Global Marine Drilling Company, Mr. Navarre managed three floating platform projects in Finland at the same facility that has built the majority of all spar hulls - he also managed drilling operations in the North Sea, Egypt, Angola, the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean. Mr. Navarre is a Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Navarre is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as an unlimited Chief Engineer and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Drilling Engineers, and the Marine Technology Society. He also sits on the board of directors of Horton Wison Deepwater.
Dr. Lyle Finn
Chief Technology Officer
Technology and innovation go hand in hand for Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Lyle Finn, who is the developer and patent holder on the compliant tower. His decades of experience have served him well as he continues to develop ground breaking computer programs to facilitate the oil and gas industry moving into deeper water. He holds 20 offshore related patents and has developed over 30 custom software applications which predict and analyze the behavior of offshore systems. Dr. Finn received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Wisconsin State University at Platteville, Wisconsin where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, an honorary freshman achievement society. He received his Master of Science and Doctor of Philsophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honorary society. All of this after a humble beginning as a Wisconsin farm boy who joined the Navy after high school. Dr. Finn has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASME’s Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Annual Conference, as well as an award for Best Paper. One of his early papers on compliant towers was recently among the initial inductees into the American Society of Civil Engineer’s OTC Hall of Fame Award for Pioneering Innovation and Lasting Impact.
With close to two decades of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, Mr. Hegler comes to Horton Wison in the role of Project Manager with a depth of knowledge that will benefit the group. Most recently as part of AGR Subsea he led the technical design and engineering efforts on a dual gradient drilling system in 10,000’ water depth for Chevron. Additionally, he was responsible for the technical development, feasibility, tradeoff analysis, cost and schedule for the selection and delivery of the specialized drilling riser on this same project. Mr. Hegler is well versed in coordination of project efforts across multiple office locations, multiple country fabrication and international integration of the final structure as evidenced on his work as Engineering Manager on the Shell/BP Riserless Mud Recovery JIP project in Malaysia also while with AGR Subsea. Prior to joining AGR and during Mr. Hegler’s six years with Technip, he was integral to the success of the Murphy Kikeh spar project in his role as Engineering Manager and Interface Manager. Due to the ground breaking nature of this project, his organization and coordination skills were critical as he worked to establish interface procedures and coordinated all the Technip design teams, both internal and external. He came prepared for success on the Kikeh spar project after serving as the Project Engineering and Interface Manager on another earlier historic project, the world’s largest truss spar: BP’s Holstein. Mr. Hegler’s work with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as a Project Engineer for software development was central to the efforts of ABS to support the initiative of using a simulation-based design approach which in turn contributed to maintaining their position as an industry leader. Mr. Hegler holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers. He is also certified by the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas.