Press Releases 2016

3 March 2016 Technip scoops winner’s trophy in prestigious industry competition

3 March 2016 Technip scoops winner’s trophy in prestigious industry competition

03 March 2016/Categories: Press Releases 2016

Beginning on the 1 March 2016 the ECITB hosted the third Oil & Gas ACTIVE Cup Project Management Competition. The prestigious industry competition was won by Technip, who competed with other oil & gas companies to take home the winner’s trophy.
The winning team demonstrated the essential skills and collaboration principles with value enhancement in project planning and execution necessary to deliver the winning project.
The competition addresses key learning areas critically required in the oil & gas sector. Importantly, it also supports the key messages from a recent report from Deloittte which states buyers in the oil and gas industry are potentially adding cost in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) because they are not collaborating with suppliers effectively enough in their supply chains.
This extremely successful competition is run in collaboration with Cranfield School of Management as part of a wider project management training initiative within the engineering construction industry.
Six teams from across the industry participated in this week’s simulated construction project. It was closely fought between winners Technip and Marathon Oil who came second with the Gold Award. Total E&P took the final rostrum place claiming the Silver Award. Chris Bird, on behalf of the ECITB presented the teams with their awards.
Speaking after the competition, Bill Morrice managing director, Technip in the UK said:

"I am delighted that our Technip Team has collected the prestigious winner's trophy. Our success is testament to the hard work and team effort demonstrated throughout the competition. Our participants have shown the necessary skills to successfully deliver winning projects in an ever changing market environment. Congratulations!"

The ACTIVE Cup has been running successfully for 20 years with teams from the engineering construction industry enhancing their skills in the safe environment of this simulated fixed price construction project. This is the third competition run specifically for the companies in the Oil & Gas region.

Over the course of the event, the teams receive tutorials before being asked to demonstrate an understanding of Project Management and Leadership techniques throughout the cycle of project. This requires an understanding of the relationship between costs, schedules and cash flow, project risk management, commercial awareness and personal organisation and behaviour. The winning team is judged to be the one delivering a result closest to their proposal in terms of profit and duration and, in the judgement of the adjudicators, pays most heed to and operates best in accordance with the ACTIVE principles.

Speaking about the competition, ECITB director of Regional Operations, Andy Brown said:

“As industry goes through turbulent times it is even more important to develop our project management skills using the ACTIVE Principles to ensure we have best-in-class project managers bidding for and delivering projects in the global market.”

Bill Johnson, Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University said:

“The 2016 Offshore Active Cup competition was another great event run based on ACTIVE principles which proved it is possible to be collaborative and competitive at the same time. We know learning works best when it is put to use straight away and more so when the learning environment is great fun, as this was!”


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Avril Goodenough
Corporate Affairs Team
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

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