Roger A. Burnison, B.Sc.(Hons), C.Eng., F.I.Mar.E., is resident in San Cristobal, Tachira State, and is the Founder Director of Burnison Engineering Plc., of Newbury ENgland. He is also a full member of S.N.A.M.E. (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers), of the USA, and of I.P.I.N. (Instituto Panamericano de Ingenieria Naval) in Latin America.
He has published a number of papers on related technical and project management subjects. Following a formal indentured student apprenticeship in the U.K. he spent four years in Spain in the early 1970s involved in the design and supply of (mainly hydraulic) marine auxiliary equipment. In 1975 he founded Burnison Engineering plc.
One of the earliest tasks undertaken were a series of market studies in Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador which led to the incorporation of a number of joint ventures. Subsequently a further period of consultancy in new building ship and offshore yards was continued with his return to Spain in 1986 following contract work in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In early 1993, he was retained as Technical and Commercial Manager at Astilleros de Santander, S.A. a member yard of the Astilleros Españoles Group. This work culminated with the successful completion of the lengthening of the Ro-Ro vessel "m.v. Dana Maxima" for Danish Owners. Upon completion of this contract he was appointed Director of Balzan Offshore, based in Madrid and this arrangement was terminated by mutual agreement with cessation of the Balzan yards in the Offshore Repair and Conversion business.
Burnison Engineering plc., continues to supply sophisticated and unique systems to the Offshore Industry, particularly for F.P.S.O.'s (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels).
In February 1997, the subsidiary company AVECO (Anglo Venezueland Engineering and Controls, C.A.) was constituted, based in San Cristóbal. The company has been succesful in establishing a position as a reliable supplier of engineered actuation systems and equipment including installation and maintenance. In June 1999 a further subsidiary METCO Sercives Venezuela C.A., was founded in association with METCO in Aberdeen, Scotland and DMS (Daniel Measurement Services) in Houston, Texas providing consultancy and audit services in the areas of fiscal measurement and custody transfer initially concentrating on hydrocarbons.
In May 1999 he was confirmed as Honorary British Consul for the State of Tachira.