Today, mentoring seems more commonly used as a human resources term instead of being practiced. Has mentoring become an devalued or lost skill set?
An element of project management coming under scrutiny is the psychological culture surrounding the projects. Are aggressive schedules, unrealistic goals, and slow responses symptoms of a larger ill? Overconfidence may lead to aggressive scheduling and foster a conservative attitude when problems arise. What are the best ways to mitigate these problems?
The separation of gas, oil, and water is generally what comes to mind when thinking of separation processes. However, a factor often underestimated in its effect, but which can wreak havoc on a well-designed system, is sand. A methodology for the selection of a desander technology for application in heavy and extra heavy oil production is described.
LLOG Exploration’s Delta House semisubmersible floating production system underwent commissioning this summer in preparation for its sailing out to the US Gulf of Mexico. A walk-through shows how commissioning makes the connection between construction and operations.
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Barzan Onshore-Gas-Facilities Construction: Attaining Excellence Through a Comprehensive SHE&S Management System
The authors describe the safety, health, environment, and security management system for the construction phase of a large engineering, procurement, and construction contract. The job had eight subcontractors and involved 30,000 workers from 45 countries speaking more than 20 languages.
When a strong typhoon passed over an oil field in the South China Sea, damage occurred to the production risers and permanent mooring system of a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO). A dynamic-positioning FPSO vessel was used temporarily, and the field was brought back into production within 6 months.
Optimization Study of a Novel Water-Ionic Technology for Smart-Waterflooding Application in Carbonate Reservoirs
A study in Saudi Arabia identified and optimized a water-ionic technology that uses nanofiltration and reverse-osmosis membrane-based processes to provide multiple water streams of varying ionic strength and content. Blending of the streams yields a smart-water cocktail that can be used in improved-oil- and enhanced-oil-recovery processes.
The development of a set of terms and operational classifications for process-control engineers is discussed. As regulators address natural-gas-actuated pneumatic-control equipment and environmental issues, standardization of the terminololgy will benefit operators, manufacturers, and regulators.