William H. (Bill) Silcox
Bill Silcox joined Standard
Oil Company of California in 1942. Starting in 1957, he pioneered the
development of a wide range of subsea and shipboard drilling and
production systems that extended the industry's capabilities offshore.
Silcox and his team set many records in designing and installing subsea
completions, diverless drilling systems and ROV-supported completion
systems for deep waters. In the 1970s, he initiated development studies on
compliant platforms that resulted in the tension-leg platform concept.