Who we are

Helen Boyd is the primary course tutor and is supported by Andrew Blake, who composed the course material. Both are industry experts who are engaged in further developing the unique International Registered Marine Insulation Inspectors course and education programme.

Helen graduated from Heriot Watt University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1985 and is uniquely qualified to deliver this technical course . She has worked for several of the major contracting companies in the offshore oil and gas industries in the last 30+ years, including Brown & Root, Allseas, Saipem and Heerema Marine Contractors.

Originally a pipeline installation and field engineer on offshore pipelay vessels, her interest in coatings was piqued when, as a field engineer on a pipelay vessel her main responsibility was for the “dope station” as it was then called, where field joint coating was applied.

From 1998, with the establishment of the field joint coating department within Allseas, Helen has specialised in coatings and since then has been coating specialist/technical authority on three major Subsea EPCI (Engineering Procurement Construction Installation) projects as well as numerous installation projects. In the period 2011 to 2014 Helen worked in the Innovation Department of Heerema Marine Contractors as team leader responsible for establishing and realising the program of testing of coated and uncoated pipes in order to establish the reel lay capacity of the vessel Aegir. From 2015 she was transferred back to the operations department as Coating Technical Authority.

In 2018 Heerema Marine Contractors decided to discontinue all pipelay and subsea work. As a result, as of the 1st of January 2019 Helen’s function as Technical Authority Coating at Heerema ceased to exist Helen now works as a consultant through her own company, Beyond-coatings.

Helen Boyd is chairperson of the pipeline coating group of the NEN (the Dutch standardization institution) and a member of the International Standards Organization working group for the wet insulation, anticorrosion coating and field joint coating series of ISO standards.

Andrew Blake has been employed in the engineering industry for over 35 years and obtained extensive knowledge of many aspects of the engineering and inspection industries. He has worked in construction yards and on sites across the world since 1980, covering items from gathering stations, process facilities, topside facilities to jacket fabrication, structural fabrication, ship repair, pipelines, ASME U stamped vessels, piping (carbon and exotics) construction of onshore facilities, tank construction and refurbishment.

Experienced with the requirements for documenting the fabrication, coating, wet and dry thermal insulation and testing of top side and subsea production systems. Andrew is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Quality Institute.

Original course and qualification founding fathers were Peter Morgan, Andrew Blake, Joe Duncan and Mark Milson.