Overcoming Technical-Assurance Challenges in Executing Parallel Megaprojects
- Chris Carpenter (JPT Technology Editor)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
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- December 2016
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- Journal Paper
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This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 177860, “Overcoming Technical-Assurance Challenges in Executing Parallel Megaprojects,” by Hisham Awda, Anthony Kotey, Khaled Mohamed Al-Shehhi, Malik Mohamed Shahin, and Wael Al-Madhoun, ADMA OPCO, prepared for the 2015 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, 9–12 November. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
In order to meet short- and medium-term expansion goals as well as ensure a sustainable long-term future, an operator has recently embarked on several greenfield and brownfield developments. These developments include several megaprojects currently under execution, running in parallel at different phases, in split packages, and under different project teams. The objective of this paper is to share the operator’s experience and success factors in driving technical assurance during project execution.
The operator’s Discipline Engineering Division (DED) is the company’s technical authority. This division acts as the center of technical-assurance expertise in support of all of the operator’s business activities, in particular the delivery of ongoing complex-project programs.
During a project’s life cycle, the division is actively involved with the project-management team (PMT) in the following roles:
- Providing a designated technical support team that works full time with the PMT as part of the project team supporting the project’s day-to- day activities
- Providing additional part-time support to the PMT through a pool of shared subject-matter experts (SMEs) as required
- Providing additional support to the project-management consultant (PMC) as required
- Providing the overall project program with management-level support in the role of the company’s overall technical authority Fig. 1 outlines the roles in a typical project setup.
DED roles are fulfilled by adopting a framework of proactive involvement and support throughout the full project life cycle at five different project phases: Assess, Select, Define, Execute, and Operate.
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