Subject Matter Expertise

Jan van Smirren

Jan van Smirren

Consultant & Oceanographer

35+ years of experience

Roles & Responsibilities

Jan van Smirren has over 35 years of experience in commercial oceanography, primarily overseeing meteorological, oceanographic and environmental activities.  His expertise in environmental, meteorological and oceanographic sciences includes strategic business planning, product innovation, program management, and technical/operations consulting.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Oceanography

Geology

Strategic Planning

Innovation

Product Development

Business Representation

Scope of Work Development

Client Representation

Program/Project Management

Technical and Operational Support

Background

Previous Experience

Jan van Smirren has over 35 years of experience in commercial oceanography, most recently as Managing Director of BMT Energy. Prior to this, he was Metocean Global Business Line Manager at Fugro where he was responsible for overseeing all meteorological, oceanographic and environmental activities.  Mr. van Smirren’s experience includes director level appointments in Holland, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with strategic and business planning, R&D, management, business development and operational responsibilities.  He has undertaken oceanographic studies in the North and South Atlantic, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.  These have included both field measurement and monitoring system campaigns and the detailed analysis and interpretation of data.

 

 

Professional Background

BMT Group, Energy Partnership, Managing Director | 1 Year

Fugro Inc., Metocean Global Business Line Manager | 2 Years

Fugro, Global Environmental & Ocean Sciences, President | 8 Years

Fugro, Global Environmental & Ocean Sciences, Regional Director | 7 Years

Global Environmental & Ocean Sciences Pte Ltd, Se Asia Regional Director | 2 Years

Wimpey Environmental International Singapore Pte Ltd, Se Asia Regional Manager | 2 Years

Wimpey Environmental International Singapore Pte Ltd, Operations Manager | 1 Year

Wimpey Environmental Limited, Ocean Engineering and Systems Manager | 2 Years

Space Technology Systems Limited, Survey Project Manager | 3 Years

Hunting Surveys LTD | 5 years

 

Education

MSc, Oceanography, University of Wales, 1982

BSc (Hons), Geology with Oceanography, University of Wales, 1981

Key Publications

Anderson S. P., S. Zuckerman, J. van Smirren, and R. Smith. 2015. Airborne Ocean Surface Current Measurements for Offshore Applications. Offshore Technology Conference May 4-7 2105, Houston, Texas

Anderson S. P., S. Zuckerman, S. Fan, and J. van Smirren. 2013. Airborne Optical Remote Sensing of Ocean Currents. OCEANS '13 MTS/IEEE San Diego, CA September 23-26

van Smirren, J.R. 2012. Providing Operational Buoy Based Metocean Measurements to the Oil and Gas Industry in the Gulf of Mexico. MTS/ONR Buoy Workshop 2012, Victoria BC.

van Smirren, J.R. and C. Nicholas. 2006. The Development of New & Existing Cabling Techniques to Obtain Realtime Full Water Column Current Measurements. MTS/IEEE Oceans 2006, Boston, MA.

van Smirren J.R. and A. Brown. 2005. The Acquisition of Real Time Full Water Column Current Profiles in Depths Exceeding 6,000ft Using ADCPs. MTS/IEEE Oceans 2005, Washington D.C.


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