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Tim Weyland has been named vice president of human resources for Topcon America Corporation. He will work out of the company’s Livermore, CA headquarters.

The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) has been named 2012 Association of the Year by The Energy Advocates. The award was presented at the 2012 International Energy Policy Conference in Norman, OK.  The award is reserved for oil and gas associations who have demonstrated outstanding service and efforts within and for the American energy industry. AAPL’s membership has grown by almost 30% in the last two years from 12,500 to more than 16,000 members across the U.S. and Canada – the largest surge the association has experienced in its 57-year history.

T.D. Williamson (TDW) has signed a global pipeline intervention and isolation services contract with BP. Activities covered by the agreement include hot tapping and STOPPLE® plugging, as well as SmartPlug® pressure isolation. The three-year contract earned by TDW is one of only four such contracts awarded worldwide by BP. Safe isolations are important across BP’s operations for works such as valve replacement and for plant/platform shutdowns.

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. offers a four-year, five step training program to apprentices interested in a career in welding, field joint coating or as a field technician. In order to graduate, each apprentice must reach a certain level of competence qualifications, knowledge qualifications and transferable skills. Through close contact with experienced CRC-Evans advisors and the opportunity to work on live projects through training, apprentices can develop and demonstrate their cultivated competence at each level and progress to the next.
  “We wanted to create a program that was focused on putting apprentices into the field, so that they could gain invaluable experience throughout the entire learning process,” said Ben Mackay, Managing Director for CRC-Evans Offshore. “This is the kind of vital knowledge that no classroom can offer. I actually started as an apprentice and I know we want our graduates to be fully prepared for careers in the offshore field, learning all techniques and safety measures firsthand from the pros.”
  For more information on the Offshore Apprenticeship Program, visit www.crc-evans.com.

Oklahoma based corrosion control services firm MESA has acquired Washington based Premier Cathodic Protection, Inc. Premier specializes in cathodic protection of storage tanks, marine facilities and directional drilled installations. Premier’s operations will be merged into MESA’s Specialty Operations Division.
  “With our strength in the mid-continent, and Premier’s reputation and experience in the northwest, MESA is well-positioned to serve customers coast to coast,” said Terry May, president and CEO of MESA.

Quickflange has appointed Red Rock Oilfield Services as its local Australian partner. Red Rock will provide a local base for the storing, maintaining and deployment of the full range of Quickflange pipe connection solutions.
 
TAM International Inc. is opening a new office in Dickinson, ND to better serve Bakken shale field developers.  Michael Dion, Bakken regional manager, will manage the new office located at 11130 -30 J Street Southwest, Dickinson, ND.

J-W Wireline Company has opened a new office in Pleasanton, TX to serve the Eagle Ford shale market. The new office, between San Antonio and Pleasanton, TX, is located at 6921 FM 1784, Pleasanton, TX 78064, Phone (830) 268-8170.

Denso North America Inc. a subsidiary of Winn & Coales International, has released two features on their website, new Petrolatum Training videos and On-line Product gallery. The videos focus on the different methods of applying Denso’s petrolatum tapes on straight pipes and irregular surfaces. In the future the company says expect to see more in-depth training videos on all the Denso products from the Protal Liquid Coatings to the SeaShield Pile Protection Systems. Also released was an on-line product gallery, which allows the visitor to see the product and application photos. www.densona.com.

Obituary
Clarence F. Guice of Monroe, LA died Nov. 9, 2012. Guice was a retired vice president and co-owner of Delta Gulf Corporation, Shreveport, LA.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mattie; three daughters, Pattie Butler (Ronnie); Katherine Smith (William); and Carol Rhymes (Ray); six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Monroe Baptist Church, 210 Finks Hideaway Rd., Monroe, LA 71203.

Robert M. Nee, 90, former Polyguard founder and owner, formerly of Tulsa, OK, died December 2, 2012. He was husband of the late Loretta “Tootie” Hickey Nee. He is survived by children, John F. (Cindy) Nee and Mary Margaret (Harold) DeVinney; grandchildren, Lloyd, Robert, Katelyn, and Erin; and great-grandchild, Brody. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Infirmary, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or the Robert & Tootie Nee Scholarship Fund , c/o Strifflers, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131.