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Beerenberg’s very own Sherlock Holmes

What are the most important aspects of your job?

I’m a kind of investigator who examines all documents relating to the Johan Sverdrup hook-up contract. I’m looking to establish whether there are any ISS projects that have yet to be assigned a work pack. A work pack, or job card, is absolutely necessary to allow us to start work on the project, and we simply can’t risk anything being overlooked. In principle, all aspects of Beerenberg’s work on the project should be defined in the ISS scope, so this is just to double-check. My job is to drill down into the detail. I also have to make sure that our work pack engineers are kept busy, as they are important to the progress of the project.

Then I help the work pack engineers with any issues they may have so that they can complete as many work packs as possible in the most effective way. I also quality-check all work packs before they are transferred to production.

What is typical day at work for you?

All the documents and actions I review appear in MyTask in the project planning tool (PIMS). It’s important that the list doesn't get too long, and I always aim to clear it before the end of the day – which sometimes means long hours. I also spend a great deal of time communicating with Beerenberg colleagues and with various disciplines at Aker Solutions and Kværner, our partners on the project. It’s important to make direct contact with people. For example, I deal a lot with the offshore field engineers, who will often have questions about the work packs or new scopes that need to be job-carded. They usually address their questions to me, so that the work pack engineers can get on with their work uninterrupted.

Speaking from experience, unexpected things often arise on hook-up projects. The projects are carried out over a relatively short period of time, and it’s difficult to create and implement fixed routines unlike on maintenance projects, which are typically of a much longer duration. We therefore have to sort out things as and when they arise, including queries from offshore on weekends. I can be reached by email and phone over the weekend in order to deal with the queries as efficiently as possible. I sometimes turn my phone off, though.

What kind of challenges do you tend to encounter?

It depends how you define the word challenge. I deal with things as and when they occur, be they clarifications about the execution or the methodology or job-carding an incomplete work pack. The nice thing about the Johan Sverdrup project is that everyone involved is working together – the idea of integrated working has taken on a whole new meaning for me. We are working together across the different companies, which makes every challenge so much easier to resolve.

Can you describe your dream day at work?

That would be a day when we go “full throttle” – having little to do is boring. And a day when I manage to deliver everything I’ve promised. It’s also fun to discover new things. I like getting to know new systems and discovering new ways of doing things. I’m always interested in learning from my colleagues, too, so a day when I learn something new is a good day. I also have to add how much I enjoy working with so many talented colleagues, both at Beerenberg and externally.

How did you end up in this job?

I started at Beerenberg as a scaffolder in 1984. Since then I've worked my way from scaffolding to fire insulation, metallisation, surface treatment and engineering. I left Beerenberg between 2006 and 2008 but returned as a planner at Kårstø. After a year I assumed responsibility for Beerenberg’s engineering activities at Kårstø. In 2014 I joined the Nyhamna Expansion Project in Stord before transferring to the Gina Krog project in 2016 and then to Johan Sverdrup. I’ve worked as a project manager and site manager, foreman and QC, but engineering and job-carding are what I enjoy the most. I think I ended up in this job because of my interest in learning about other disciplines. It has given me broad experience. I also enjoy detail. I like finding out about things, and the devil is always in the detail.

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