Andrew Tugwell
First Name: Andrew
Surname: Tugwell
Position: External Lecturer
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Professional Body Membership

  • CEng Chartered Petroleum Engineer
  • FEI (Fellow of the Energy Institute)

Academic Background

  • BEng Hons

Professional Background

Andrew started his Oil & Gas career with Schlumberger in 1973 as a logging and formation evaluation engineer, and posted to Aberdeen in January 1974. Logged many “discovery” wells – many of which resulting fields remain in production today. 1976 to 1978 was spent in Saudi Arabia where Andrew was responsible for the introduction of Schlumberger’s (then) new computerized logging units to the Middle East.

Having spent 5 years with Schlumberger, a new technology, MWD (Measurement While Drilling) was being developed so Andrew joined Teleco as one of their early Field Engineers. This led to a keen interest in Directional Drilling - he subsequently became one of the first half-dozen British Directional Drilling Engineers working on the UK Continental Shelf.

In 1981 - joined Smith International where he spent the next eleven years – initially as a Directional Engineer but then as the Manager for their Directional services, building the group to equal-largest such supplier by the end of the 1980’s. Latterly Managing Director for Smith International (North Sea) Ltd. A subsequent disposal led Andrew to a small independent mud-motor service provider, Drilex Systems Ltd. where he stayed for some six years lastly as Eastern Hemisphere Manager, before starting his own consultancy business in 1998.

In 1998 he introduced a new directional drilling concept to the 3i (venture capital) group who subsequently invested in Cambridge Drilling Automation, the company that invented, then commercialized the (then) revolutionary Rotary Steerable drilling technology. Andrew joined the Board and was responsible for its Operations and for it being acquired by Gyrodata Ltd. (2002). Andrew remains a non-executive Director of the group. Andrew joined Robert at Aberdeen Drilling Management as co-owner in 2005.

Teaching Interests

Andrew is a lecturer for the Wells and Drilling Technology MSc modules.