As consultants to Oracle Consulting Services, our team led consulting, technology assessment, and solution design efforts on this project.
As a global Oil and Gas leader, our client produces, manufactures, markets, and ships crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products to meet the global demand.
In 2013, the company averaged 800 capital projects per year, representing over 800% growth since 2003. On paper, our client had mature project controls guidelines, standards, and processes. However, unstructured execution and disparate tools resulted in inconsistent practice. To build a repeatable project controls model, the client developed a Project Execution Platform vision. This blend of practice and technology would enable the project team to manage the entire project lifecycle from a single environment. Appearing as a single platform, this solution integrates with multiple systems to ensure current and accurate data is shared throughout the organization.
Given project volume, growth, and contractor involvement, the Project Execution Platform solution addressed challenges across the entire project lifecycle – from Opportunity to Operations. Primary business drivers included:
• Standardize Project Controls and Governance
• Facilitate Contractor Engagement
• Consolidate Material Procurement & Inspections
• Aggregate & Analyze Data at Project, Program, & Portfolio
• Efficiently Transition Assets to Operations
The client originally envisioned a complex integration of nine distinct best-of-breed technologies integrated to incumbents SAP, Intelex, and AVEVA. As we worked with the client on technology assessments and multiple proofs-of-concept, they opted to minimize the number of vendors involved. The client selected Oracle Primavera technologies to manage all project controls functions, with Primavera Unifier at the core. Primavera technology stack included:
• Primavera Unifier
• P6 EPPM
Presently in final prototype, the Project Execution Platform solution will reinforce improved practices and business processes. Due to a consistent approach, data collected at the tactical level is available and useful throughout the project and program. Standardized project close practices drive asset certification and acceptance, dramatically reducing time to production – and revenue. Benefits realized include:
• Improved progressing, forecasting, trending, and reporting
• Structuring of previously unstructured data and communications including certifications
• Standardized vendor and contractor engagement
• Simpler technology stack and fewer vendors
• Significantly fewer integrations
• Easier upgrade path for overall solution