There is no magical way to engineer a solution that adds value. However, we have a number of assets set in place to assist us in achieving solutions. These include:
Clients ask how we manage to find solutions when others have struggled. In short there is no magical formula. There are however, a number of ways to solve problems that produce results:
Framing the Problem – understanding what the key issues and priorities are and the stakeholders involved. Not only is the work of a technical nature but it includes people and perception.
Challenging the ‘Givens’ – we often refer to this as ‘changing the rules’, often being able to get among the traditional development or discipline boundaries. Be it marketing, reservoir, flow assurance, facilities or export specifications, making changes to these fundamentals can result in game changing opportunities.
Integrated Approach – by taking a truly holistic view of a problem and understanding all facets and implications our consultants can focus on the few things that are material to the issue. Simple elegant solutions are achieved by understanding all aspects of functionality.
Rigour in Analysis – doing the work to the appropriate degree of detail often involves in-depth understanding of the issue. A great example is in the use of Integrated Production Modelling wherein the fundamental hydrocarbon hydraulics are understood, often leading to counter intuitive insights.
Managing Risk and Uncertainty – the upstream industry has inherent uncertainty and risk. Understanding how this uncertainty changes over the asset phases is of paramount importance to what’s needed to manage the uncertainty.
Robust Cost Estimating – fundamentally, costs underpin economic decisions. So having a robust cost estimate with transparency and Client buy-in is essential to the decision making process.
Diverse Thinking – solving problems often involves a different way of thinking. Our policy is to actively encourage diversity in all aspects of our employees. This ensures that we have differences in approach, a key to solving many challenging issues.