Building on over 40 years of industry experience, our team of experts provides a wide range of professional consultancy including Technical Authoring, Competency Management, independent advice & Arbitration services.

Professional consultancy throughout the well lifecycle

Our Consultancy Team has world-leading experience across all aspects of well control, pressure control, managed pressure operations,  extended reach drilling, and high-pressure-high-temperature (HPHT) wells. Throughout the lifecycle of a well (from drilling through to well interventions  and ultimately plug and abandonment, we can help you ensure that all personnel, supervisors and managers have access to and maintain the appropriate level of regulatory, technical, and operational knowledge central to running safe and efficient drilling operations. 

Working in partnership with your operations teams and office support departments, we can conduct baseline audits of your corporate, operational and regulatory documentation as well as your competency management systems to ensure they meet the very highest standards.  In addition, we are trusted to provide independent advice and arbitration when operational or performance issues arise during operations. Our full range of consultancy services includes the following key elements:

Review, Audit and Gap Analysis of your company’s managed documentation

For many clients, we play an integral part in helping develop and maintain a wide range of operational and regulatory drilling documentation including Well Control Manuals, HPHT Operations Manuals, and bridging documentation.  We regularly undertake audits of clients existing drilling documentation including gap analysis reporting and cross-referencing exercises to ensure compliance with industry standards and best practices.

Technical Authoring 

We can provide technical authoring expertise to create new documentation or to write (or even rewrite) specific documentation to meet new regulatory requirements or industry standards.  We have successfully completed technical authoring projects for major international clients including corporate drilling policies and operational procedural technical documentation.

Compatibility  Audits

With many decades of experience in rig-site operations, in supervisory and managerial roles, each member of our Consultancy Team is highly skilled in performing comprehensive rig equipment audits, against defined criteria and specifications, to ensure the compatibility of the hardware that is to be used with the operational requirements as well as local and national regulations.

Competency Audits 

We complete drill crew competency assessments across all different types of operations, from crewing up new teams and ensuring HPHT competency through to assessing crew and supervisor competency on drilling, workover or well servicing operations. Crew competency assessments can be undertaken on-site with one of our consultants covering drills, interviews and assessments with the use of mobile simulators ; or crew competency can be assessed onshore prior to operations commencing using our state-of-the-art immersive simulators.

Competency Assurance

We support our clients’ competency assurance needs worldwide. Our Consultancy Team can work with you to fully develop and implement a bespoke competency management system, highlighting individual roles and responsibilities, decision paths, communication and resource management strategies. When required, a full training matrix can be put in place to supplement your own CMS.  Our coaches and competency assessors can support the implementation and roll-out of your competency assurance programs across your company locations.

Independent Advice and Arbitration Services

When things don’t go to plan during operations, our independent advice  and incident investigation services can help you establish what happened and why it happened. Our expert Consultancy Team has the operational experience and simulation capabilities to recreate operational problems and incidents in order to aid understanding and facilitate root cause analysis for each and every well scenario problem - delivering swift, robust and reliable conclusions.

We will independently review all operational records, conduct interviews with rig-site personnel, review the incident in simulated real-time using wellsite data, and make informed decisions  to facilitate arbitration between the parties involved. 

Why you can trust our consultancy services

Our Consultancy Services are offered right across the life cycle of well operations. In every case, the expertise of our Consultancy Team can be tailored to address long-standing challenges or campaign-specific issues within your operations. We will discuss your requirements and then propose a scope of work to meet your needs. We can focus on one aspect of the lifecycle or on a combination of activities across the lifecycle. And, ultimately we will propose and, where appropriate, deliver solutions to enhance your operations.

Our high-risk consultancy services Team has the combination of expertise and experience to ensure that the services we offer can be customised to meet your exact requirements. Operating worldwide, our team can provide professional advice where you need and when you need it. We also support our recommendations with access to the best coaching and specialist training in all operational aspects. 

You’ll find a sample of our consultancy projects below, each one available as a downloadable case study.

HPHT & MPD Blended Training Solution

Client: UK Operator  Location: UK North Sea Challenge: The Client was preparing to drill HPHT wells in the UK North Sea. With the work already under an industry spotlight, the challenge was increased…

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Arbitration Services

Client: Major Oil Company Location: International Challenge: Following an incident during well operations offshore, the company and their insurers required an independent and objective account of the…

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Documentation Audits & Technical Authoring

Client: Drilling Contractor Location: Aberdeen / International Challenge: Following the merger of several companies into one entity, a new international drilling contractor needed to ensure all its…

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Client: NOC / Drilling Contractor Location: Onboard a cyber rig, Gulf of Mexico Challenge: Faced with drilling a challenging well in the Gulf of Mexico, our Client wanted to build an exact simulation…

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Drilling Supervisor Assessments

Client: Oil & Gas Operating Company / Energy Technology Company with Global Reach Location: Middle East Region Challenge: The operator required 3rd party competency assessment for drilling…

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MPD Workshop

Client: Leading Norwegian Oil Company  Location: Stavanger, Norway Challenge: Client needed to train the drilling crews and MPD engineers in their offshore well operational procedures to ensure they…

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Stuck Pipe Prevention & Fishing

Client: Global Service Company Location: Aberdeen, UK Challenge: To establish a corporate standard that would help to reduce the incidence of stuck pipe and significantly lower the associated costs of…

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Workforce Development

Client: Educational Institute  Location: Dammam, Saudi Arabia Challenge: There is a large and growing demand to attract, recruit and develop Saudi nationals at all levels in the oil and gas industry.…

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HPHT Abandonment Operation

Client: UKCS Operator, International Drilling Contractor Location: UK Continental Shelf. Challenge: To enhance the learning experience and maximise knowledge retention for a complex HPHT Abandonment…

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