His insight into the oil and gas industry is invaluable, and his knowledge of best practice in manufacturing has added measurable value to several of our investments.
Thomas R. Bates, Jr., Managing Director, Lime Rock Partners.
His background and his facilitation skills make his contribution invaluable. He has the credibility and insight to ask the hard questions.
There was solid value creation and I look forward to working with John in the future.
Larry Hibbard; Chairmen of Xact Downhole Telemetry, Board Member XtremeCoil Drilling
Randy Stilley, CEO & President, Hercules Offshore
John's process and active participation, not just facilitation, helped us build a concise, understandable plan. As we progressed through commercialization John was always accessible as a sounding board for new ideas. John de Wardt provided us with a straight forward, hard driving, no nonsense approach to strategic planning that is still helping us define and achieve new business goals.
John G. Samuell Sr., President and CEO, At Balance
He has also introduced industry best practices into planning, design, costing and delivery in our E&P company. He has achieved this through a combination of his proprietary products (Lean Drilling™), facilitating teamwork (getting the best out of people), his thorough technical and operational knowledge and his experience of the E&P industry coupled with an ability to put that in an environment with local / regional constraints. John's emphasis on rigorous planning has resulted in tangible and measurable results in the area of drilling and completing wells. A true step-change. John continues to work with us to reap other benefits from the processes and "can do" philosophy that we kicked off some 12 months ago." He is a great team player and motivator who is able to "read" an organization and helps departments / teams and Corporate Leadership with tools and processes to get back on track (and then strive for "best in class").
Indeed, his direct involvement in our new drilling organization, that replaced a broken team, has contributed to a step-change in performance!
Evert Jan Sibinga Mulder, COO, Addax Petroleum
The Steering Committee are aware that it is very important to get the right content for a DEA(e) meeting and to get such an expert in the field is very important. The DEA(e) very much appreciates the time and effort that you put into building an extremely interesting and inspiring agenda for this meeting. We have had a very good response to the content of this meeting which in no small part is down to you, John.
Your contribution certainly helped to make this a most successful DEA(e) meeting.
Neal Whatson, DEA(e) Chairman / Head of Well Engineering at OMV Exploration & Production GmbH
Mr Merrill A “Pete” Miller, Chairman, National Oilwell
The global strategy session was insightful and John was very helpful and professional in keeping the workshop focused and forward thinking. His insights in to the drilling market and oil and gas markets proved very beneficial to the development of Huisman's current drilling market business plan.
Joop Roodenburg, CEO, Huisman
The oil and gas business in Russia is evolving rapidly in different directions; High Tier, High Volume and Nationalization. John's scenario planning routine helped us build an organization capable of handling such a disparate market environment, still focusing on our and our customers' values.
Halle Aslaksen, Vice President, Smith Drilling Tools & Remedials and Bits & Applied Technologies<
Ronnie McKenzie, Chairman, TIC Holdings
Robert L. Bloom, Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, National Oilwell Varco
Mr. Evert Jan Sibinga Mulder Vice President, Weatherford Underbalanced Services
Today, 1 1/2 years later, this unique new business segment "Advanced Services Engineering" has been a great success. We have nearly 30 service contracts globally being managed by 3 regional managers with expectations of doubling this service over the next 18 months.
In addition, new business processes have been developed that are core to our continued success " including substantial improvement in product delivery and resultant reductions of inventory. The catalyst for these new processes was the Strategic Planning workshop lead by John de Wardt.
Chuck Muren, Vice President Engineering, Smith Tool
Mr. John Roberts Vice President, Weatherford Intervention Services
Vice President, Major Service / Supply Company - USA
- 24% reduction in duration to build a drilling rig after implementation Lean Manufacturing,
- Continuous improvement of 5% reduction in duration each build since by our own staff,
- 30% reduction in man hours,
- Commensurate cost reduction of the product.
John also assisted our Hydraulics Manufacturing and Electrical Manufacturing business units to improve their manufacturing processes with positive results.
Tony Beebe, Managing Director, Integrated Drilling Equipment.
Mads Grinrod, Vice President, Drilling and Well Processes, Statoil.
John U. Clarke, Chairman & CEO, Natco Group Inc
R. J. Aab Vice President Business Processes, Smith International
Horace Awi, General Manager, Drilling; Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited
The implementation of Lean practices was done with the existing manufacturing plant culture in mind, and driven by molding the existing culture into a new and dynamic culture of Lean implementation and sustainability.
John utilizes the tools of Lean while developing implementation plans that fit each individual location. To see the achieved success and each employees display of pride and commitment achieved through John's leadership was very rewarding and instrumental in bottom line growth.
Brian Berdusco, VP Manufacturing, NATCO Group Inc
The exploration activity has definitely exhibited a step change in delivery. Ranking against our peers regionally, we expect to drill first or second quartile wells now. Our Ula platform resumed work in 2000. We drilled two back to back, first quartile wells, the first being a new record well, for a platform which had been drilled out in 1998.
I remain confident in this approach to drilling difficult well projects. The cost structure in Norway is such that preplanning is critical to implementation success. Lean Drilling™ is a vital part of the way we do our work, everyday.
Tracy L. Mosness, Drilling and Wells Manager, BP Norway
Rusty Cook, Mad Dog Wells Team Leader, BP GOM USA
Dick Swart - Well Construction Manager, Addax Petroleum, Nigeria
J Thorogood, M Jackson & O-H Thorsen - in their paper Delivering World Class Drilling
Due to this planning, all the well objectives were met below AFE and under planned time. This planning process contributed to the drilling success of the Gjallar deepwater well.
F Stene, J T Helgesen, R T"nnessen in their paper Deepwater Cementing in Gjallar
Senior Drilling Engineer, Major Oil Company - North Sea
Project Manager, Major Oil Company, N Sea Region
Manager, Major Service Company - North America
Production Manager, Major Oil Company - North Sea