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Blogs & Articles

Here we share our thoughts and ideas about our industry, examples of good (and poor) practice, innovative ideas and other matters which we hope may be of interest to you

Contractor consolidation leads to improved efficiency?

Martin Barth, 12 December 2017

The following blog reflects on an article contained in the Oil & Gas Journal (6 November 2017) entitled “Existential crisis drives EPC consolidation” by Matt Zborowski.

The consequences of the low oil price continues to affect investment in new projects by the oil and gas majors and consequently the construction market for equipment suppliers/EPC contractors. The oil majors (including NOCs) have seen their income reduced over the past few years, thereby reducing the CAPEX sums available for new projects and delaying others.
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Pull your finger out and plug the holes!!

Carl Haynes 2 October 2017

As the Dutch legend goes, there was once a young boy named Hans Brinker who, whilst on his way to school, happened upon a small leak in a dike nearby the city of Haarlem. Spotting the imminent danger to the city should the dike fail the boy reacted by plugging the hole with his finger. There he remained for many hours until he was spotted by a passing citizen who raised the alarm. The dike was repaired and Hans Brinker became a hero.Read More

Be prepared for war? Or – Build effective relationships?

John Fotherby, 9 March 2017

I was interested to read an article in a recent MEED Business Review entitled Be prepared for war and in particular the statement “…The majority of construction disputes are caused by poor contract administration…”. This is not my experience in dealing with countless disputes and arbitrations in the engineering & construction industry for more than 45 years – I have yet to come across a dispute caused by poor contract management and administration. Read More

Does your client want its plant?

Karen Cherrill, 23 February 2017

I was recently reading a paper by Aveva (1), who are creating the business rationale for improving the efficiency of project handover via better information management systems and planning.  Unsurprisingly, included in key findings were that poor handover processes generated unexpected costs and delay, that upfront planning often overlooked or lacked detail and that handover is seen as a late stage activity.Read More

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