Project Management for Offshore Projects—Planning for Success and Managing Risks


This course will give participants an understanding of all major aspects of project management, dealing with internal (company) and external requirements (government, partners, contractors etc). In particular, the course emphasises the core requirements for major projects, from planning to scheduling and control, including management of uncertainty and risk. Participants will be introduced to the large diversity of jargon and terms, covering such important areas as the engineering Basis of Design (BoD), and project processes such as “Tollgating” and Project Implementation Review (PIR). Guidelines and standards, as well as “best practice” will be demonstrated by numerous examples and case histories will be used throughout to demonstrate important learnings, particularly where projects have fallen short from expectations.

Day 1: Project Phases, Processes and Overall Management

  • Introduction and Planning for Success—Principles and Elements
  • Phases, Organisation, and Teamwork
  • Project Management: Peer Review, Tollgating, and Post-implementation Review
  • Execution Plan and Value Improving Practices
  • Pre-feasibility and Feasibility Checklists—Group Session and Discussion
    • Case History I: Dai Hung Project, Vietnam—The Dangers of “Entering a New Country”
    • Case History II: Challis Development, Australia—World’s Largest SALRAM, Consequences of Changing the BOD after FID
    • Case History III: Griffin Project, Australia—The World’s First Gas Pipeline Export

Day 2: Project Implementation and Control

  • Costs, Schedule, and Control
  • Facilities Risks and Safety—Examples
  • Project Risks—Case Histories
  • Marginal Oil Field Development: Case History
  • Risk Management—Group Session & Discussion
    • Case History IV: The Puffin Project, Australia—Marginal Field and Subsurface Risks
    • Case History V: East Spar Gas Development—All Subsea Development, the Future?
    • Case History VI: Typhoon Field, GOM—Marginal Field using a Mini-TLP and Intelligent Wells

Who Should Attend

Technical supervisors and managers, project and general managers, and those individuals, either current or future, with significant roles in major projects, or those that have a stake in the development of major oil and gas developments, for example government officials. It is presumed that participants will have a general knowledge of concepts in Production (Development), i.e. the upstream part of the petroleum business.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Peter Behrenbruch is currently Managing Director of Bear and Brook Consulting Pty Ltd. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP), the University of Adelaide, and at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Dept. of Geology and Petroleum Engineering (GEOPET), Vietnam. Furthermore, he has an ongoing teaching position at the University of Western Australia. His 39 years of industry experience covers engineering, R&D, project, technical and general management as well as academic positions.

Behrenbruch's expertise ranges over petroleum engineering and management, focusing on management of field development (planning & feasibility), of major (offshore) petroleum projects (as project director/ project manager); management of producing fields; R&D and technical: reservoir characterisation, special core analysis, (probabilistic) reserves determination, reservoir simulation, and pressure transient analysis.