Capital projects in the era of $50 oil – Part 2

The two-legged stool.  In this second installment of my exploration of the new reality of capital project delivery, I take on a sacred cow of the project management dogma: the constraint trifecta, named for the trade-off triangle familiar to anyone who was ever associated with projects (see image below).  Traditional project management (TPM) practice states […]



Oil and Gas 3.0 – The Reboot

Nostradamus Lite.  The past two weeks have witnessed a flurry of movements in the industry far and wide, spurred on by the arrival of a new US administration and the ramifications of the OPEC deal struck back in December.  Signs abound about the long-awaited rebound in drilling, exploration, capital project approvals and renewed investment intentions […]


Turning admiration into inspiration

Nuclear is the new green.  This week’s post comes by way of two enlightening articles written by Jim Conca, Forbes Magazine contributor.  Two weeks ago, Jim reported on an stupendous technology breakthrough by two laboratories operated by the US Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest (PNNL) and Oak Ridge (ORNL) national laboratories.  The technology in question […]




The message trumps all

Lost in translation.  In the aftermath of the US presidential election, it has been difficult to change the subject, no matter where one looks, reads or watches.  The political upheaval that is unfolding in the land of the free is palpable, fissiparous and oddly inchoate.  Amidst this tectonic shift in campaign finance quarters was a […]