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Engineering Management Framework

Engineering Management Framework

Our client began their Upstream development project with basic engineering management tools in place, and introduced an Engineering Authority to reside over process safety, quality, engineering and technical aspects. As the project transformed into a business unit, there was a need for an Engineering Management framework to maintain compliance and standards in those areas.

The challenge was to provide a compliant, best-practice, accessible framework that leveraged existing methods and tools, identified and filled gaps, and as a basis for the business unit progressing into the future.

With experience in engineering management systems, and in directly supporting the development project, Nova Systems (Nova) was engaged by the Engineering Authority to develop an Engineering Management framework for the newly formed business unit.

The initial task was to prescribe and scope the framework. Nova worked with the Engineering Authority to develop an Engineering Management Standard/Plan to comprise the approved requirements for the conduct of engineering activities in the new Business. The key purpose was to address compliance, major accident event barriers, and asset and operating integrity risk. The standard prescribed roles and responsibilities, instruments and policies, guidance, and the resultant Engineering Management system.

The second task was to implement the part of the framework needed by the Technical Authorities out in the field. Staff in those field roles needed to be assessed under National Professional Engineers Register/Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (NPER/RPEQ) guidelines, and also needed delegated authority, approved standard libraries, a central forum, and formal guidance on the performance of their roles.

Finally, Nova also examined the life-cycle end-to-end flow of engineering management, based upon a systems engineering approach. A subordinate Asset Life-Cycle Engineering Management Plan (ALEMP) was developed by interviewing Engineering Managers and leaders across the project to identify current practice and future needs.

Roles and responsibilities lie at the heart of business failures. The resultant ALEMP allows each stream of engineering to understand their role across the asset life-cycle and to work in synergy with other engineering and business functions.

The ALEMP represents a general plan for engineering delivery. Other lower level plans include those for engineering and technical integrity, assurance, configuration management, and technical information management. The supporting plans drove roles and responsibilities to the next level and aligned processes, procedures and data at the working levels.

Having a central, prescriptive Engineering Management Standard/Plan is essential to providing an integrated end-to-end management system. As the single point of focus for business unit engineering this method enables a comprehensive and high integrity approach to asset development and operations. The Engineering Management Standard/Plan provides a ready basis for internal and external compliance audit, planning, delivery and optimisation.

 

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Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

Group Chief Strategy & Capability

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible ...

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Strategy, Capability and Marketing functions.  In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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