Bovo-Tighe Supports Shell in Launch of New Gulf Platform
Shell Energy recently started production from a new oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico called Olympus TLP as part of their Mars B field development. Bovo-Tighe was thrilled to have been chosen to work with the launch team; to engage with them to establish a team culture that strongly emphasized caring, accountability, efficiency and sustainability.
The team put special emphasis on defining the right culture needed to be “top quartile,” as defined by Shell. In general “top quartile” involves the mission and values contained in the box to the right. “Building the culture properly requires identifying and practicing individual behaviors supportive of the culture, and developing leadership attributes which enable the culture to grow,” said Jay Trussell, Operations Manager of Olympus TLP and our partner in this engagement.
He identified the keys to success in building an effective Olympus team culture within Shell’s overarching culture:
- Adoption of the corporate values: Honesty, Integrity, and Respect
- Living the Underwater Business Unit’s vision of Goal Zero: “Safety is a Value, Goal Zero is a Mindset”
Not specifically stated in this list is also a commitment to the following key to long-term success:
- Workforce passionately owns the culture and focuses on sustaining it
Each of these phases requires effective integration of technical professionals ranging from geoscientists to surveillance engineers.
- The project leaders adopted the mindset that training and competency development were critical for success, given the wide range of experience levels and previous work experiences of the operating staff.
- The team took the additional step of identifying unique competency requirements for the Olympus TLP which were beyond the core business unit requirements.
- Training was developed and delivered by senior operating personnel.
- Detailed computer-based training modules are used for more extensive training requirements, including the on boarding of new employees.
The Olympus team had already adopted the right strategic mindsets from the start of the project, which made consistent progress possible.
The success of the launch led to Jay having the opportunity to present his summary of the team’s work, and the reasons for its success, at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) this May.
We congratulate Jay, the Olympus team and the entire Shell deepwater organization on this amazing achievement. A lot of work remains for the future in sustaining this great start, and the culture that enabled it. But the foundation has been firmly set, and we look forward to hearing nothing but great news as the years roll by.
To get a view of the rig just as it set sail to its location in the Gulf, watch this video.