Project Management Templates
Mike Richards has worked with Brandt in varying capacities since 1979, including product development manager, engineer, senior project manager, training coordinator, and in technical sales. Many performance parameters of mechanical agitators and mud hoppers were calculated and documented while Mike was manager of Product Development at Brandt. He has a BA degree from the University of Houston.
The planning, design, and construction of HDD projects requires a specialized knowledge of pipeline construction methods and HDD equipment and technology. While Chapter 3 provides information about HDD equipment, this chapter discusses HDD design and installation. The planning and design of a HDD crossing should focus on meeting the requirements of the owner while keeping the project costs as low as possible. Many factors have an impact on HDD costs, but the most important is the crossing length. During the planning and design of the HDD crossing every effort should be made to keep the length as short as possible while meeting all of the project requirements such as depth and entry exit pit locations.
As a general rule, the drill length should be kept as short as possible to reduce the HDD project costs. However, depending on the estimated costs for alternate construction methods, this may not hold true. In the current market, it is common for HDD to be used as the primary method of construction on many projects.
Regardless of the planning effort, sometimes it is not possible to fit all the required HDD drilling and support equipment at the drill rig launch area. This limitation can be overcome by locating nonessential tools, parts, equipment, and supplies offsite and delivering them to the work area as needed. While this approach is frequently used, it usually results in reduced project efficiency, which means higher project costs. It is important for a HDD project's success that the planners try to provide adequate workspace. It is also important that the bidder or contractor confirm that the workspace is acceptable for the plans and the equipment they are intending to use. If not, alternatives need to be developed to provide the required workspace.
Foreman serves as the Worldwide Sales Manager for Subsea Equipment with the Stewart and Stevenson Oilfield Division in Houston. He worked on the world's first deep water unit operating in 1,400 foot depths off California. Mr. Foreman also served as the Project Manager for the first acoustic blowout preventer system.
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Project Management Made Easy
What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.