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Jon Khachaturian: Removing the unknown from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico

Posted: 01/14/2008

Jon Khachaturian, president and founder of Houston-based Versabar, discusses what led him to develop the Bottom Feeder, a piece of equipment capable of lifting oil and gas platform topsides from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in about an hour. The platforms, thrown to the bottom of the seafloor by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, can be stuck in the mud, are of unknown weight and seemed almost impossible to remove until Khachaturian's invention.

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Jon Khachaturian
Founder, President and CEO of Versabar

Jon Khachaturian, founder, president and CEO of Houston-based Versabar, founded his company in New Orleans just a few years after graduating in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. At 26, he went off on his own, developing a reusable spreader bar. Since then, he's led the industry in designing ways to certify certified weight measurement and proof load testing. Khachaturian continues to introduce new innovations for the offshore and onshore lifting industry. Khachaturian has 44 foreign and domestic patents.

From McGraw-Hill Construction
Editor & Host:  
Pam Radtke Russell

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