Where specific project management is required the right balance of character, knowledge, attitude and ability is important.
Benchmark personnel have very many years experience as employees of international oil majors or geophysical survey companies. Their knowledge covers the management of oil company activities related to international exploration and production, the selection and management of contract companies, and the management of contract field operations of seismic companies and support activities. They have seen all sides, from the inside, and know what decisions are made and why. They have extensive experience and qualification in geophysical operations and data analysis backed by personal commitment. They also have experience of remote and difficult locations of operations and have strong practical abilities. They have integrity, and tenacity to encourage, support, assist and provide the focus that management systems require to succeed as part of a human operation.
A broad knowledge of systems and methods that are in use and have been used within the industry enables Benchmark personnel to sympathetically assess where improvements, changes or limitations might be applicable.
First and foremost is the planning (PPPPPP). In fairness to both CONTRACTOR and CLIENT a contract must be achieved that will work. Our consultants have experienced contracts doomed to failure. CONTRACTORs really do want to do what they believe their CLIENT wants. It is a "no-brainer" - repeat business is a significant key to the Holy Grail of commercial success. Contracts that are written and signed without proper evaluation and discussion leave profit margins and achievements at the mercy of previous experience, perceived requirements (not necessarily those in the contract) and expediency.
The OGP, IAGC, CAGC and other trade associations have brokered exceptional standards for the geophysical industry. Those guidelines still need to be mutually agreed between CONTRACTOR and CLIENT in the detailed specifics for each project. Benchmark consultants can apply their experience to independently assist "what if scenario", and commercial and operations risk assess a specific project relative to the terrain, weather, operations methodology and priorities to help all parties can benefit and achieve. Loss and failure for all parties must be minimised and the planning and capability for recovery from failure made robust to protect the project budget models of all concerned.
Other important aspects of project planning and execution:
- Contractor selection
- Comparing management systems and bridging where necessary
- Sub contractor management
- Incident investigation
- After Project Review meetings to ensure that agreed learning is recorded in Final Reports.