Dr Thomas Ask is Professor of Industrial Design at Penn College, USA and Principal of Ask and Associates. Previous positions include Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Marine Technology) at the Technical University of Malaysia, Vice President of Engineering at Odin Systems International, and Senior Engineer at Ingersoll Rand. Dr Ask has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois, an MA in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College, USA, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Industrial Design from Middlesex University, and a Graduate Management Certificate from Cornell University, USA. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (USA). Dr Valerio De Rossi is Marine Manager for an international offshore drilling contractor based in Dubai, UAE. With a career spanning over 28 years in the maritime and offshore oil and gas industry, Valerio De Rossi has held position such as Ship's Captain, Offshore Installation Manager, Marine Superintendent and Marine Consultant. Dr De Rossi is a licensed Master Mariner, has a MSc in marine operations and safety management and a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Marine Safety Management, both from the Middlesex University in London (UK). He is also a Chartered Marine Technologist (UK) and Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
Breadth and depth of the duties, knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the professional Marine Surveyor are well covered. With this as a core reference and, with some additional work on the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Workboats and other Small Commercial Vessels, UK surveyors will be well-informed for the planning and successful undertaking of their work. I commend Reeds Marine Surveying to all trainee and practising Marine Surveyors. -- Alan Cartwright BSc MA CEng FIMarEST FIMechE - Chair, IMarEST Small Ships Group