Mac McAdams was a
true pioneer in development of the offshore oil and gas industry. A
man of remarkable vision and determination, he led Shell to explore
and develop oilfields in water depths exceeding 200-ft, an
unheard-of goal at the time.
Working as head
of exploration for Shell, McAdams put together a highly focused
exploration organization supported by a solid base of theoretical
and applied research leading to many technical innovations in
geology, geophysics, drilling and production. In practice, McAdams’
organization became renowned for its string of successes, setting
many water-depth records for new field discoveries in the process.
pioneering influence remained long after his retirement. His
approach to exploration became a model for Shell, leading to
continued success in exploring for large and profitable fields sited
in increasingly deeper waters, often far beyond technology frontiers
supported by conventional wisdom.