2014 Industry Pioneer

Peter W. Marshall

Peter W. Marshall holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Florida, and a PhD (Dept. of Architecture) from Kumamoto University, Japan. In 1970 Peter  was awarded the Alfred Noble Prize by ASCE for his paper, “Risk Factors for Offshore  Platforms “. This was the beginning of a long and successful effort to properly relate the  expected environmental forces to the actual platform resistance. As he worked on this issue, Peter became a recognized expert in the area of welding and the selection of proper steel grades for offshore platforms in various environments.

In addition to his design and concept work within his own company, he became an active member and leader in many industry technology committees. The results can be seen in specific standards and codes that are now in common use by the industry, including American Welding Society (AWS), API Recommended Practices, API Specifications, International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Institute of Welding (IIW). 

By his personal technical competence and leadership within Shell Exploration & Production, USA, and in many industry committees and forums he contributed significantly to, indeed in many respects he blazed the way for, the successful design and installation of deepwater offshore fixed and floating production facilities in current use worldwide.  As an early, effective and long tenured proponent of Reliability Based Structural Design for application to deepwater platform projects Peter was and is a worldwide industry leader in materials selection, welding technology, fracture mechanics and related inspection methodologies.

Upon retiring from Shell in 1993, after 32 years, Marshall became Professor, Chair of Marine Design and Construction, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He is now Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore.