Interview Kathy and Ana – two female engineers guest in the desert

“In the Middle East, each meeting is a surprise” It seems difficult enough to maintain respect as a woman in the male-dominated oil and gas world. What happens when besides gender — you also have cultural differences to bridge? And what if the Middle East is exactly the place to be for your field of […]

There is still a world to win for Dutch business

The Netherlands is the nation of exporters, at least when it comes to exports to countries outside the European Union. Even in times of crisis, we have managed to double our exports compared with ten years ago. Exports within Europe have also risen by a third. Germany is traditionally the largest buyer of Dutch products. […]

Efficiency, project acceleration and investing in future leaders

Recently, the 47th Engineering & Construction Contracting Association (ECC) Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas. The ECC is a community of industrial asset owners, contractors, suppliers, and academics who share their knowledge and experience to achieve better performance in the industry. During this conference, cost reduction was high on the agenda and three ideas, […]

Low oil prices make the industry lean & mean

Oil-producing countries are having a difficult time and their heavy investments in new energy projects remain unprofitable. Measures should be taken to compensate for the losses. This often involves painful solutions, but in the long term, we will be better off (read, more efficient). Or, as Nietzsche would say: ‘That which doesn’t kill you, makes […]

All data out of the closet for safer offshore operations

Two heads are better than one and the effect only gets bigger as the number of people involved grows. The Wisdom of the Crowd is how people refer to it nowadays and it’s in that frame of mind that companies, researchers, governments, and non-profits gathered at the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) in Texas. Together […]

Connecting the dots in big data

According to the Alliance, there is much to be gained from big data and the Netherlands can take a leading role here. A new Golden Age is dawning, according to Rinnooy Kan and his associates. Already, many companies are collecting large amounts of data, but not enough is being done with it for the simple […]

Make way for Generation Z

When it comes to values, the coming generation of employees has made transparency, equality, and sustainability paramount. In some respects, for the energy industry, in particular, this is difficult since the role fossil fuels will play in the future is still unknown. How can we inspire ‘generation Z’ to still choose for this industry? Experts […]

Hint at the 60th Annual ISA Analytical Division Symposium

Hint at the 60th Annual ISA Analytical Division Symposium April 26 – 30, 2015 Galveston Island Convention Center Galveston, Texas Wout Last, President & CEO of Hint, is giving a presentation on the 60th annual ISA Analytical Division Symposium at the Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. With this presentation, Hint wants to create […]

Cost Cutting – Four promissing ways to cut costs

With the lowest oil and gas prices since 2009 and the disappearance of work floor-based knowledge, cost-cutting has become a priority for many companies in the industry. Research by Lloyd’s Register Energy shows that the reduction of costs is the main objective for 43 percent of organizations in the oil and gas industry. Meanwhile, improvement […]

Investing for savings

New opportunities in a changing oil & gas market I recently attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, the largest oil and gas conference in the world, where just about every end-user and supplier from the offshore energy market was running around. It was, therefore, the perfect place to listen in on the biggest […]