AWS Group




Earl L. TOUPS II MSc, CEng, CertEWE, CertIWE – Technical and Operations Director

Accomplished, certified Senior Engineering Professional with 18+ years of global success providing business and technical leadership in the design, construction, fabrication and quality assurance of critical onshore and subsea pipelines. Proven expertise in selecting and applying modern welding technologies to optimize operational performance while reducing maintenance expense. Demonstrates excellent communication skills, and problem solving and relationship building at all levels, both internally and with client organizations. Solid project management abilities in analyzing requirements, developing plans, resolving critical issues, mitigating risks, leading cross-functional teams, and delivering quality results on time and within budget. MSc. in Welding Engineering and Chartered Engineer from UK’s Engineering Council.


Valeriy Gornyakov B (Hons) MSc CEng SenMWeldI – Project Manager / Senior Welding Engineer

Qualified welding engineer with 9+ years of offshore construction experience.  Participated in the installation of more than 1,400 kilometers of the offshore pipelines for various clients including BP, Qatar Gas/ Conoco, Gazprom, Lukoil, Socar etc. Major experience in the application of state of the art automatic and semi-automatic welding technologies for installation of marine pipelines. Proven expertise in improvement of productivity and quality of production welding. Documented pipeline installation rate up to 4 kilometers per day, with average repair rates below 1%.  Substantial experience in management of large welding installation teams, ability to recognize welding project needs and critical issues, develop precise project budgets and schedules.  Detailed knowledge of pipeline welding related codes and standards. Demonstrates excellent communication skills, leadership, creativity, problem solving ability, and troubleshooting skills. Considerable experience of organization of pipeline welding production in newly developing companies.

Graduated from the Cranfield University, UK with an MSc in Welding Engineering. Registered by the British Engineering Council as Chartered Engineer (CEng), Senior Member of The Welding Institute TWI (SenMWeldI).  Currently part-time PhD student in the Cranfield University, UK.