Virginie Boutellier

V BoutellierFranceAfter graduating in 2007 from the EPF-Ecole d’Ingénieurs in Sceaux (France) with an engineering degree in mechanics of material and structures, I went to work for the classification society Bureau Veritas, based in their head office in Paris (France).

I joined the research department of the Marine division of Bureau Veritas as a structural integrity research engineer. In this role, I was involved in fatigue, crack propagation research projects/studies and also in developments and maintenance of an in house crack propagation tool. 

I was also given the opportunity to work on Risk Based Inspection methods. RBI process is applied to design inspection strategies that match forecasted or observed degradation mechanisms on offshore units. 

These positions gave me the chance to write several publications for offshore and marine conferences and to gain a large expertize in fatigue and crack propagation field. 

I am presently working as structural engineer in the Oil & Gas Technical Department in Bureau Veritas. I am in charge of design review and plan approval for various types of vessels such as FPSOs (new-built and conversion), FLNG, LNG, LPG, Oil tankers. This work also includes structural assessment of offshore units including yielding/buckling & fatigue calculations for hull and appurtenances. I am also involved in mooring components assessment and in several Joint Industry Projects related to FPSOs and Mooring Components. 

So far, I was fortunate enough to have several very interesting and varied positions in the naval and offshore domain in Bureau Veritas. This has provided me with many opportunities to learn new things and continuously develop myself.