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Raiders of the lost archives

What are you doing to help your clients benefit from expert advice during a dispute, and even after it? It never ceases to amaze me…

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Skin in the game

Back in the day, shortly after joining a large construction project, we were evaluating proposals for two identical topsides modules. The team had invited bids…

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‘Let’s just do it…’

The client’s own team was stocked with knowledgeable and experienced people, and they also had solid project control processes. Yet they suffered from such continual…

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Aspiring to make a decent return

A few years ago, an OEM in the bioenergy sector embarked on a program to scale up. To sell more of their specialist products they…

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The perils of butterfly collecting

In our experience, few organizations are as effective at knowledge capture and transfer as they imagine. While they may, as part of their project governance…

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Thriving in a man’s world

“I love upstream energy because it’s a very small community and very connected. Wherever you go in the world, you’ll find someone who knows someone…

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M&A: regaining alignment

It was winter, 2001, and my then employer had just acquired a competitor, inheriting a portfolio of ongoing projects. I, on the other hand, was…

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One size does not fit all

Fuelled by the global economic meltdown, consolidation was rife among drilling contractors and a merger between Pride Offshore and ENSCO was on the cards.

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Is your expert ready for the cut and thrust?

Meetings between experts are intended to highlight areas of agreement regarding the questions asked of them and their considerations. The output should be a useful…

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Rigs, ships and razorblades

The successful bidder was rumoured to be the Gillette Razor company, fuelling the myth that when old ships go to die, they come back as…

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