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Controlling Automation Installation Costs

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The current wave of new oil and gas field development has set into motion two unique sets of challenges due to remote geography and an increasing lack of qualified manpower. New well site, well pad and gathering system oil and gas automation projects are plagued with delays and cost overruns that can’t be mitigated with traditional job planning and execution methods.

This is increasingly apparent in the current surge of West Texas development where GlobaLogix automation integration customers have found a better way to reach cost and time goals by employing a distinctly different operational profile.

New well completions involve a variety of contracted specialists, all working together in a coordinated ballet where the sequences of activities are timed, sourced and managed so as to avoid the number one killer of productivity – wasted onsite labor hours.

  • Crews from different contractors getting in the way of others where the installation sequences are out of order.
  • Unforeseen issues that crop up requiring a customer decision when the customer supervisor is on another location or busy solving another problem.
  • Lack of immediate planning that overlooks a necessary part or tool needed onsite.
  • Delays in starting each day early and chasing available light in the late afternoon.
  • Difficulty in finding oil and gas experienced labor in an industry that has in the past few years shed some 260,000 workers.

At GlobaLogix we’ve developed some work practices that overcome these issues to enable our automation systems integration customers to reach their projected cost and time goals and avoid overruns and delays. Here is how we do it:

  • We assemble process automation teams and deploy them for extended work cycles to proximate crew camps.
  • We start each workday by gathering each team at the camp, briefing the day’s work, insuring the right control system parts and tools are on hand, conducting tailgate safety meetings and departing for the site early in the day.
  • We maximize daylight hours to accomplish more in each day.
  • We employ a project coordinator to check daily with the customer to avoid misdirection.
  • We scout upcoming sites to identify if the location will be ready for our crews to work.
  • We gather parts and supplies at the camp and make them ready days before they are needed.
  • We attract qualified engineers, technicians and installers with an in-house recruiter who looks for cultural fit as much as for experience and skillset.

With the right planning, we avoid work delays onsite. Our customers get on time completions within budgets. With onsite teams tailored for the job, equipped with the right parts GlobaLogix gets the job done.

 

 

One thought on “Controlling Automation Installation Costs
Roy Shropshire says:

Isn’t this how all projects should be run? Nothing new here but really nice to see somebody reinforce it.

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