6 Jul, 2015

'Building a High-Performance Facilities Engineering Organization' is now available for download

This paper, written by Mark Bothamley, presents a methodology for constructing a Facilities Engineering organization for an Upstream-Midstream operating company. The methodology encompasses 7 main elements:

  1. What does the Corporate Asset Portfolio look like?

This refers to the projects/assets that will monetize the various hydrocarbon resources that the company is involved with. These resources may be either gas or oil oriented, onshore or offshore, etc. At a high level, the Corporate asset Profile indicates what types of facilities will be needed and therefore what kinds of supporting facilities engineering expertise will be required.  

  1. Descriptions of the facilities assets

This area provides more specific detail relating to the facilities assets.

  1. In which life-cycle stage are the various assets?

Different activities and therefore different facilities engineering support requirements occur in each life cycle stage of an asset. A mix of experience and expertise will typically be required.

  1. How will facilities engineering responsibilities be divided – between your company and others?

The operating company must decide what it wants its facilities engineers to do and what it will rely on others to do. This decision/philosophy can have a large impact on staffing levels, but can also significantly impact project life-cycle “quality.”

  1. What types of facilities engineers do you need?

In addition to the more obvious distinction and need for Process, Mechanical, Pipeline, Instrumentation & Controls, etc engineers, there is also a need to consider the question of “All-Rounder/Generalist” facilities engineers vs more narrowly focused “Discipline” specialists. Some companies will be better served by one approach or the other, but many companies should ideally have both.

  1. How do you develop the kinds of engineers you need?

Now that the operating company knows what types of facilities engineers it needs – where do they come from/how are they developed? This part of the methodology covers addresses this issue assuming the operating company will be recruiting new hire engineers from university and developing them internally. The same principles would apply to criteria to be considered for outside hires as well.

  1. How many engineers of each kind do you need?

Finally, an estimate is needed for how many of the different kinds of facilities engineers identified above are needed. Clearly this relates to the size of the corporate asset portfolio, but also is strongly tied to part 4 – what will your engineers do, what will others do? Additional key factors include the complexity of the companies operations, eg. Technologically complex or “new frontier” vs simple, “cookie-cutter,” and the level of “assurance” required.

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