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Delivering Innovation & Solving Problems™

Built on the 33-year career of the principal, Keith J. Orgeron, P.E., ORGERON ENGINEERING offers a deep knowledge, expertise and engineering leadership in machinery design & controls, finite element analysis (FEA),  load-testing, patents (IP) & project management (PM) of a broad range of equipment in the Upstream Oil & Gas, Mining, Heavy Equipment, Military, Construction & Power Generation industries.


Keith has personally performed, lead or supervised engineering consulting projects at his own firm or an employer's firm for these  clients:



Oil & Gas Producers:

Shell - Olympus Rig

BP - Thunderhorse Rig

ExxonMobile - Austrailia,

Freeport MacMoran - GOM

Drilling Contractors


Diamond Offshore

Patterson UTI 








Equipment Suppliers

NOV - Bowen, IRI

Letourneau Technologies

Diester Machinery - Mining

Dover CCI - Compressors

Oceaneering Multiplex cable

Construction, Military & Governm't

Tower Elevator Systems

Litton EOS - Weapons

US Architect of the Capital

Strata International

ESI/Commercial bldg. co.

Avance - Surgical implants

US Dept. of Justice - Tariffs

Scheef & Stone, Attorneys

Bechtel - Tanks Division

Various Industry FEA Training

West Coast Engineering

Milliken R&D

TIW - Downhole tools

MEMC - Chemical plant




ORGERON ENGINEERING, PLLC delivers innovation in product development & sustainability.



  • mechanical & metallurgy

  • structural & welding

  • hydraulics

  • controls



  • Concepts in 3D

  • Detailed design in 3D

  • Analysis & FEA

  • Surveys & Troubleshooting

  • Testing- Load & Function

  • Field or Shop support

  • Patenting & IP processes

  • Market research

  • Product strategy



Orgeron Engineering, or simply OE... has a reputation for "Delivering Innovation & Solving Problems"™.  We have special knowledge & skills in the design of large machinery & heavy equipment for OEM's, and O&G drillers & operators.  We are conscientious and disciplined in our engineering design to maintain high quality.


We ask for a chance to earn your trust in the timely delivery of innovation to solve real problems for your business or market.  We are small enough to personally share ownership of your problems, capable and fast enough to best our larger competitors, but wise and responsible enough to admit when we don't know or require additional expertise, time or resources.


OE's principal, Keith Orgeron, has been awarded 40 US Patents for his design work being used today primarily in the Oil & Gas industry for large machinery 


Our deepest experience is in custom, conceptual and detail engineering of LARGE MACHINERY or heavy equipment having installation or operating motions, large loads, high forces, or mission critical or safety applications.  Large machines are often relegated to slower motions.   But, to move faster, usually increases profits and can add differentiating capability.  The greater speed, reliability & capability designed into the machine will exhibit this added value.




  1. FAST- Study your data & understand your highest value outcomes

  2. FAST- Define the problems & interfaces precisely to support a plan

  3. FAST- Discuss plan of attack options & estimate delivery and costs

  4. SLOW- Conceptualize valuable solutions & evaluate them with you 

  5. FAST- Complete timely, minimum detailed design of the best solution

  6. FAST- Analyze & validate design to codes & std.'s - iterate as needed

  7. FAST- Support you in the field, shop or office... when you need us!




Orgeron Engineering (OE) capabilities are largely embodied in the knowledge and skill-sets of its principal, Keith Orgeron, having engineered for over 33 years on mostly large machinery developed through experience, study & understanding of many design problems, their solutions, and the process.



OE's human values are defined largely by Keith, a Christian patriot, family man, health enthusiast, a prolific inventor and a precision-driven, registered engineer, whose mild manner is eclipsed by his passion for casually teaching as he learns, so much so that some colleagues affectionately call him the "professor." Keith's unique teenage years growing up with a small group of expats in Singapore, where his father worked for Marathon LeTourneau building jack-up oil rigs at the Jurong Shipyard, garnered him an industrial work perspective and a multi-cultural social experience that helps him to see right through to an individual's most basic beliefs... and respect them.  He has had as much mentoring from foreign-born engineers as native ones.


We cherish our personal integrity and God's blessings of our skills, inspiration & resources that we deploy as we passionately work for you... to the highest standards.  We guarantee our very best and fairness in all we do for your business



Work is accomplished 100% through the direct efforts of Keith J. Orgeron, P.E., the principal or his direct supervision working with a few top-notch partner/associates selected for their reliable high performance and extensive expertise in various engineering areas.  Larger EPC projects can benefit from Keith's background as V.P. Engineering/R&D directing, leading & managing groups of up to 30 engineers/designers wherein he is very comfortable staffing, organizing, quoting, directing & delivering valid, technical work products.



ORGERON ENGINEERING, PLLC is a registered professional L.L.C. (PLLC) in Texas, a registered engineering firm with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), and Keith Orgeron is a professional engineering, also registered with TBPE.



Spring, TX 77389

Call & Text  713-397-8625

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Delivering Innovation & Solving Problems™

      Orgeron Engineering, Houston, was founded in 2013 on the 33-year reputation of owner, Keith Orgeron, PE, Christian & US patriot... committed to client success.

A prolific machinery designer, he has been awarded 40 US patents for land and offshore drilling, pipe-handling & transport equipment, owned by Schlumberger.


His product design & service innovations continue to benefit Shell, Bechtel, BP, Exxon, Nabors, TransOcean, Patterson, H&P, Pioneer, Ensign & others.







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  • 3D DESIGN:  machinery, structures, hydraulics, gearing

  • ANALYSIS:  classical, advanced FEA & training

  • TESTING:  design/conduct FAT, function, load

  • MANAGEMENT:  engineering, projects, R&D

  • IP & PATENTS:  plans, patent applications

  • FAILURES:  forensic, root cause & FMEA

5- Axle Auto-Steering Highway Dolly

5- Axle Auto-Steering Highway Dolly

This 5-axle highway dolly steers itself around turns a tight radius using a patented steering mechanism invented by Orgeron, owned by Schlumberger. A top drilling contractor operates dozens of these for their 1500 HP rigs. The beauty of this dolly is the automated, differential turning of the front and rear axle sets that closely follow the tractor's path around a curve... with NO actuators, controls or sensors to fail! A very safe system when hauling at 70 mph. Photo by Orgeron

Orgeron in BP Thunder Horse Crown

Orgeron in BP Thunder Horse Crown

Orgeron conceived and designed the method & rigging for, and directed the Thunder Horse 3,000,000 lbs hook-load test. Photo by Trevithick

BP Thunder Horse Semisub

BP Thunder Horse Semisub

Orgeron led this rig's derrick design review. Later, he proposed, designed and conducted a full-load test of 3,000,000 lbs on the derrick & drawworks in Corpus Christi before she sailed, while employed by another firm.

2D Extreme Gearing Simulation

2D Extreme Gearing Simulation

2D Computer FEA model of an extreme 5T-10T gear pair at 43 degree pressure angle, used to show numerical performance of this transient dynamic model and the Algor (now AutoDesk) processor. Image by Orgeron

Letourneau Jackup gear unit

Letourneau Jackup gear unit

Letourneau Jackup gear unit showing two, stacked gear trains within the top portion of typical 4-high gear tower. This transient dynamic FE model depicts the large, 1/4 DP size of the Rack & Pinion gear teeth. Image & photo by Orgeron

Former Ensco Jackup by Letourneau

Former Ensco Jackup by Letourneau

This Jacking gear unit developed about 1960 was the design analyzed and upgraded by Orgeron in 1985 by developing his own gear geometry and rating software. Photo by Orgeron

Rowan Gorilla VII

Rowan Gorilla VII

This jackup uses the newer, opposed-rack leg chord design deploying Orgeron's upgraded gear design concepts for which he developed and tested a full-scale prototype for ABS approval received in 1986. Photo credit: Wiki, by Alf van Beem

Large Subsea 7 Liftboat

Large Subsea 7 Liftboat

Subsea 7 A large Liftboat apparently utilizing a similar version of the jacking system first designed by Orgeron while at Seatrax, for Powers Offshore's Prisa class liftboats now owned by SLB. Full scale testing, also designed by Orgeron, gained ABS type-approval. Photo credit: Flicker public reusable

Multi-body Contact FEA of Bearings

Multi-body Contact FEA of Bearings

This FE model depicts a very efficient analysis of a 20-body (part) assembly created directly from 3D CAD having contact & friction. Image by Orgeron

Trochoidal Gearing - Rack Tooth

Trochoidal Gearing - Rack Tooth

An efficient linear FEA showing a macro-view of a Hertz contact stress field interacting slightly with the direct shear stress field. Image by Orgeron

Mast Design Robustness via FEA

Mast Design Robustness via FEA

Orgeron was at the rig site to support rig-raising. He personally verified the detailed engineering & FEA, which he directed, to validate the welded structural design, and the mechanics & hydraulics of the raising system. Photo by Orgeron

Patented Rig w/ Mast Raised

Patented Rig w/ Mast Raised

Trial fit-up and raising of a patented, Fast-Moving Land Rig structural package design. The novelty achieved was an efficient mast & substructure raising system using a single cylinder pair. Photo by Orgeron, coinventor

Patented Rig Standing Tall in Yard

Patented Rig Standing Tall in Yard

This rig design was one patented for its transport & raising systems, coinvented by Orgeron. Photo by Orgeron

3D FEA Validation of Bolted Assembly

3D FEA Validation of Bolted Assembly

The blind-hole bolting and jack-screw clamping were included in this multi-body contact with friction model, used by Orgeron to validate the design. Image by Orgeron

Round Bar Tensile Specimen FEA

Round Bar Tensile Specimen FEA

This analysis has been attempted 100's of times by many analysts attempting to simulate the pronounced necking phenomena. It is illusive due to access, knowledge and correct use of appropriate elements, formulations, processing, meshing & more. Reports of this FEA surface "crinkling" effect cannot be found. But, can be explained. Model was not perturbed, and used 8-node bricks, processed with AutoDesk Simulation Mechanical. Image by Orgeron

Mars B field - Offshore TLP, Rig BOP

Mars B field - Offshore TLP, Rig BOP

Keith was charged with reviewing and then redesigned the handling system for a 18.75" 15M BOP on this rig in 2014. Image by TLP team

Mars B field - Offshore TLP - Rig

Mars B field - Offshore TLP - Rig

Seatrax cranes were used on on both Mars A background, and Mars B foreground. Orgeron helped develop the design software, design details and calculations to achieve ABS type-approval certification for these and other crane models. Image by Shell

Mars B Field - TLP Drilling Rig BOP

Mars B Field - TLP Drilling Rig BOP

Note the low clearance allowed to assemble this BOP stack. This was the driving factor for the novel rigging spreader with hinged links. Image by TLP team

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