Simon Richards, SPE, joined Hill International’s construction claims and consulting group as technical director, specializing in the upstream oil and gas industry. His background in process engineering and his detailed understanding of oil and gas field development have been gained through 27 years’ experience in operating, consulting, and contracting organizations. Richards earned an honors BS degree in chemical engineering from Birmingham University. He serves on SPE’s Production, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee and is chairman of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Technical Interest Group. He is also a past executive editor of SPE’s Projects, Facilities, & Construction journal. Richards is also a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a chartered engineer in the UK.