EducationM.S., Civil Engineering, Tulane University, 1967
B.S., Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1964
Technical SocietiesSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Registered Professional Engineer in State of Texas
National Academy of Engineering (N.A.E.)
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST)
Summary of ExperienceK Arnold Consulting –2007 to present
President providing consulting services to the energy industry in the fields of engineering and technology, management, operational safety, field development and facilities design, etc.
Mr. Arnold is a member of the Board of TAMEST, a member of the Marine Board of the National Research Council, a trustee of Southwest Research Institute and a Board member of the Center for Marine Transportation of CNG.
AMEC Paragon – 2005 to 2007
Senior Executive Vice President responsible for advising the President on the operations of AMEC Paragon with an emphasis on strategic planning, customer relationships and human resources. AMEC Paragon is a 600-person U.S. operations office for U.K. based AMEC. Also a member of the Board of Paragon Angola in Angola.
AMEC Natural Resources – 2005 to 2007
Chief Engineer responsible for advising the Managing Director on the state of engineering within this global project management and services company. Emphasis is on assuring best practices are shared, work is distributed as appropriate to the various engineering centers and serving as an ombudsman for the engineering staff.
Paragon Engineering Services, Inc. – 1980–2005
Founded Paragon Engineering Services, Inc. in May of 1980, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Taught various in house production facility design courses for major oil companies in the US and abroad. Served as an instructor in petroleum engineering at the University of Houston.
Named SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1994 on Process Safety Management and in 2003 on Facilities and Construction. Presented with the 1998 Production Engineering Award, the 2006 Public Service Award and the 2007 DeGoyler Award by the SPE. Honored with a Citation for Service award by the Exploration and Production Department of the American Petroleum Institute. Appointed to Board of Directors of SPE as Specialty Director of Facilities and Construction (2001-2004). Named Houston’s 2003 Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Appointed to two three-year term on the Marine Board of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council (2004–2010). Appointed in January 2005 to the City of Houston Reinvestment Zone #17 Board of Directors. Received the 2006 SPE Public Service Award. Elected to NAE (2005) and to the Board of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (2007).
Co-authored two-volume "Surface Production Operations" textbook series,authored two chapters in the 1987 SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook. Authored or co-authored more than 50 technical articles. Served as Editor for Petroleum Engineering Handbook, Vol III, Facilities and Construction Engineering (2007).
Served as a consultant to the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Offshore Operators' Committee (OOC), and several industry-sponsored research projects on the design of oil and water processing systems. Chaired the API RP 14J (Design and Hazards Analysis for Offshore Production Platforms) committee as well as the original OOC sub-committee that provided guidance and oversight for the development of the API 14 series of offshore safety documents, including RP 14C (Surface Safety Systems on Offshore Platforms) and RP 14E (Production Platform Piping Systems). Also served as a member of the API RP 75 (Safety and Environmental Management Programs) committee, the API Task Group on Erosional/Corrosional Velocity Criteria, and the Marine Board Committees on Inspection Alternatives for Outer Continental Shelf Operations (1990) and Risk Assessment and Management of Marine Systems (1997).
Chaired or served on numerous SPE Committees including the Facilities Engineering Committee, the Offshore Committee, two Forum Series Committees, the JPT Editorial Committee and the Ferguson Medal Committee. Also served as Review Chairman and Executive Editor for the SPE Production and Facilities Engineering Journal.
Project Manager for various design and construction projects and conceptual studies, including both onshore and offshore production development systems. Manager of numerous projects and research efforts in the field of separation, oil dehydration, and produced water treating systems design. Author of several papers concerning safety of production facilities and Paragon's PG-HAZOP system for process hazards analysis. Developed Paragon's industry-sponsored production facility design software system and initiated many of Paragon’s training courses.
Shell Oil Company (1964 – 1980)
Work included offshore platform design, production facility design, and project execution. Assignments included offshore, onshore, and marsh platforms and facilities as well as provision of engineering support for operations.
Engineering Manager: responsible for 150 engineers in one of the company's five domestic divisions. Responsibilities encompassed geological, reservoir, drilling, production, facility, chemical, and gas plant engineering.
Research Manager: responsible for offshore facilities, drilling and production engineering research at Shell Development.
Division Mechanical Engineer: responsible for all surface engineering and construction activities in the Gulf of Mexico, including all new platform-based developments and operations support for existing fields.
Facilities Engineering Supervisor: responsible for a section of facilities engineers in the offshore area of the Gulf of Mexico. Developed Shell’s Typical Facility approach to design and construction of offshore facilities. Authored in-house papers on flaring options, design of facilities, sand transportation in pipelines, and effect of mud movements on pipelines.
Project Engineer: various assignments in E&P Transportation and Supplies and Manufacturing Engineering.