Operations Readiness Advisor at Anadarko Petroleum
- Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom (Cleveland, United Kingdom)
- Oil & Energy
David Powell's Overview
- Operations Readiness Advisor at Anadarko Petroleum
- Director at Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) Ltd.
- Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) Manager/Advisor at OMV
- Technical Director at Westgate Project Services
- Head of Operations, Standards & Procedures (OR&A Group) at Shell
- Head of Operations, Standards & Procedures (OR&A Team) at Salym Petroleum Development
- Project Delivery Assurance Systems Engineer at BG Group
- Senior Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) Engineer at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria
- Senior Operations Engineer/Author at ExxonMobil
- Senior Technical Author at Compaq
- Senior Operations & Maintenance Engineer at ABV Rock Group
- Technical Publications Manager at SBM Monaco
- Technical Author at SANA SpA
- Sheffield Hallam University
- University of Teesside
- University of Teesside
David Powell's Summary
Initially time served in Electrical Engineering then switching disciplines into Process Instrumentation and Control Systems whilst with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) on Teesside, UK.
Specialised in Distributed Controls Systems (DCS) and programmable logic controls (Honeywell TDC, Asea Master and other PLC systems) during a 10 year spell with Elf Aquitaine Norway.
Achieved Full Tech Cert during apprenticeship then HNC, Post Graduate Certificate and finally an MSc qualifications by open learning / on-line study. (Also recently added a NEBOSH Certificate qualification to my resume and technical membership of IOSH).
In subsequent years became deeply involved in preparing Technical Publications for the Oil & Gas industries, particularly for operations, maintenance and safety (including web publishing/intranet creation/editing) and also qualified as an HSEQA Auditor.
Since Norway, have worked in the UK, USA, Malaysia/Indonesia, Saudi Arabia (and other ME contries), Venezuela, Italy, Monaco, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia, gaining wide experience of Oil and Gas projects and operations in every conceivable type of location and climate.
MSc Technical Communication, ISTC Member (MISTC), TechIOSH. Extremely computer literate, extensive publishing, project documentation, HSE & management skills.
Coupled with extensive industry knowledge and experience in oil & gas projects and operations, this experience serves to enhance my accumulated skills in Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) from over 10 years in the discipline.
David Powell's Experience
Operations Readiness Advisor
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; APC; Oil & Energy industry
July 2012 – Present (1 year) Houston, Texas, USA
Working for the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as the Operations Readiness Advisor on an exciting new LNG project in East Africa. Developing an Operations Readiness & Assurance System for the Project and for Anadarko generally.
Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) Ltd.
March 2012 – July 2012 (5 months) UK
Took some time out after leaving Dubai to write a text book on Operations Readiness & Assurance. The book is now completed and is available worldwide. You can buy it directly from the publisher by following the link from my website http://www.or-and-a.com
I feel strongly that OR&A should become a recognised discipline in Oil & Gas projects and hope that the book will raise the profile of OR&A as a methodology that adds value to any project.
Recently took the trouble to register OR&A and the OR&A logo as Registered Trademarks to support the book copyright.
Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) Manager/Advisor
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Oil & Energy industry
November 2010 – February 2012 (1 year 4 months)
Building an Operations Readiness & Assurance System for OMV, initially for OMV Yemen, but intended for use globally in OMV E&P Projects. Currently also training a number of Yemeni personnel in the application of OR&A in Projects with a view to developing a skill pool for OMV in the OR&A discipline. Also involved in creating a Centre of Excellence for OMV in the OR&A discipline.
Privately Held; Myself Only; Oil & Energy industry
October 2008 – September 2010 (2 years)
Offering specialist knowledge in the area of Business Performance Management (for Projects & Ventures), Knowledge Management (particularly Knowledge Delivery and Delivery Assurance) as previously provided in my work in Operations Readiness & Assurance and Project Delivery Assurance systems for Oil & Gas projects.
Creator and vendor of specialist software tools and systems for Business Performance Management (for Projects & Ventures), Knowledge Management (particularly Knowledge Delivery and Delivery Assurance), Operations Readiness & Assurance and Auditing (especially Pre-Start-Up Auditing - PSUA).
Head of Operations, Standards & Procedures (OR&A Group)
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; RDSA; Oil & Energy industry
January 2006 – September 2008 (2 years 9 months)
Employed by Shell International Exploration & Production (SIEP).
Responsible for the creation of the Operations Readiness & Assurance (OR&A) website 'ORAKLE', the corporate presence of the Shell Group Operations Readiness & Assurance Department on the Shell global intranet.
Co-creator of the ORSAT tool, the Operations Readiness Self Assessment Tool (used by Shell Group Operations Readiness & Assurance teams worldwide) to monitor, measure and manage Project Performance in respect of OR&A implementation on a project and to perform OR&A audits.
Head of Operations, Standards & Procedures (OR&A Team)
Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Oil & Energy industry
September 2004 – December 2005 (1 year 4 months)
Lead Operations Readiness & Assurance Engineer in the Salym Field development project, located initially in Moscow and later in Siberia, Russia.
Responsible for the implementation of OR&A and the monitoring, measurement and reporting of business performance in respect of the OR&A contribution to the Salym Project for the Salym Petroleum Development Co.
Project Delivery Assurance Systems Engineer
Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; BG.L; Oil & Energy industry
March 2004 – September 2004 (7 months)
Author of the concept manual for the Project Delivery Assurance System (PDAS) for the Barca project in Tunisia.
Senior Operations Engineer/Author
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; XOM; Oil & Energy industry
March 2001 – February 2002 (1 year)
Responsible for the preparation of a complex Modification, Integration and Start-Up manual to describe how a third process train could be safely built, commissioned, started-up and brought on stream on the Zafiro Producer FPSO in Equatorial Guinea, without interrupting the ongoing 100,000 bpd production already on-stream.
Senior Technical Author
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HPQ; Information Technology and Services industry
April 2000 – March 2001 (1 year)
Responsible for the ongoing editing and maintenance of the Compaq Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) website for Compaq service engineers.
Senior Operations & Maintenance Engineer
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Construction industry
May 1998 – April 2000 (2 years)
Employed on the Saudi Strategic Storage Project (SSSP) now operated by ARAMCO.
David Powell's Skills & Expertise
David Powell's Publications
Authors: David Powell
- OR&A Ltd.
- June 1, 2012
An introduction to and practitioners guide for the implementation of Operations Readiness & Assurance, particularly in Oil & Gas Projects. Written by David C. Powell, a time served engineer with 40+ years of experience in Oil & Gas Projects in every type of climate and location worldwide. David has worked in OR&A for more than 12 years for several different major companies. The book describes the history behing the development of Project Management techniques and suggests the best available methods for creating an OR&A capability and implementing the OR&A process on a Project.
David Powell's Education
Sheffield Hallam University
MSc, Technical Communication
1998 – 2009
Completed only Post Graduate Certificate and most of Post Graduate Diploma (Year 2) at Sheffield Hallam before work commitments prevented further study. Changes in the syllabus at Sheffield during my absence meant that it was no longer feasible to resume studies there, so completed the qualification with an alternative open learning institution.
University of Teesside
HNC, Multi-Disciplinary Engineering
1982 – 1986
University of Teesside
Full Tech Cert, Electrical Power Systems, Controls & Electronics
1972 – 1977
David Powell's Additional Information
Operations Readiness and Assurance (OR&A)
- Groups and Associations:
Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) Institute of Scientific & Technical Communicators (ISTC)
- Honors and Awards:
MSc Technical Communications;
MISTC (Member if the Institute of Technical Communicators);
TechIOSH (Technical Member - Institute of Occupational Safety & Health)
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- reference requests
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