Business Improvement Consulting
Providing support to your business through instruction and coaching either onsite or remotely via video conference, e-mail, phone, and the proprietary / password protected engagement facility on our website.
This process forms part of the Value Delivery System and is focused on developing concepts that will generate huge value in the design stage which cannot be realized in the development stage. The process commences with evaluation of the current state and continues to generate future options aligned to the delivery of value. These options are created from brainstorming and input from DE WARDT AND COMPANY which are then evaluated and ranked based on key parameters that include cost, value, schedule and risks.
Roadmapping Technology, Product and Industry Innovation
Roadmapping is an extremely beneficial method to develop new technologies and new products as a business and as an industry. Our program is a selective development from the best recognized practices and years of experience to bring clients and industry an adaptive method to map the future of their new development potential. This program is being used to develop an industry roadmap for Drilling Systems Automation which can change the landscape of drilling operations in both repeated well delivery such as Shale Drilling and adaptive well construction occurring in deepwater exploration drilling.
Performance Improvement Processes
On any assignment, we will selectively introduce and facilitate one of our Performance Improvement Processes. These range from After-Action reviews designed to identify lessons for future improvement, Risk and Uncertainty assessment and mitigation, to table-top exercises such as Drilling the Well on Paper.
Once you've implemented the new strategies you've developed, then what? With ongoing coaching available, you can take advantage of periodic reviews of operations and recommendations to keep your company on track.
Onsite presentations of key techniques, directly relevant to the coaching support provided, teach your personnel the necessary tools and skills to achieve results. These presentations typically include group exercises and reviews of examples for improved understanding and retention.
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.
His recent corporate strategy development work resulted in a set of strategic initiatives that are already beginning to deliver value only a few months into their implementation.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
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.
...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.
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.
Breakthrough reverses a deteriorating trend.
A semi submersible drilling campaign for multiple operators showed a significant deterioration in performance during the initial three wells. This caused the operator planning the fifth well to seriously reconsider the planning and execution methodology traditionally applied. They selected Lean Drilling as the tool to deliver a step change improvement in performance and reverse the deteriorating trend. The base well plan was 46 days in duration. The project team improved this to a trouble free time of 29 days as they built their detailed plan and focused on high performance. The actual result of 27 days confirmed the success of Lean Drilling in delivering the desired step change (left plot). Beyond this excellent performance, the value delivered by this exploration well in terms of the quality and breadth of data acquired exceeded all past experience.
World Class Wildcat Deepwater Well in N Sea
In July 1999, Saga Petroleum (now Norske Hydro) completed their 4103m remote "Gjallar," wildcat well in 1352m water depth. The well was planned using DE WARDT AND CO's Lean Drilling program and achieved a performance result significantly ahead of other deepwater operators (see plot on left). The results for this project are best described by this quotation from an IADC/SPE paper (#51980) published by Flemming Stene of Hydro (formerly Saga) and Peter Aird of Kingdom Drilling. "To optimize the planning process and make further improvements, Saga engaged John de Wardt to apply his Lean Drilling program. This is a planning method based on giving 'ownership' of the project to all involved parties; in the operator, drilling contractor and service companies, both offshore and onshore. Each party is required to take full responsibility for their input, both in the planning and execution phase, in contrast to the usual approach in which 'ownership' is concentrated mainly on those in charge in the operating company. De Wardt's method also puts great emphasis on risk management and contingency planning. The planning process continued until spud in early June 1999, a duration of 3 months." Significant reduction in non-productive time was achieved in the most challenging section - see diagram on right.