Skip to main content

Simple Project Management Software

My husband just recently used Trello, one of simple project management sofware, to manage tasks between his project members. For your information, he is programmer with mechanical engineering background. On the other day, I saw him downloading project management e-book. This is quite interesting behavior.

Two years ago, when I was working in Senoro Gas Development Project, one of my colleague, who are planning and schedule, usually used Primavera as project management tools. It was a quite professional and advance tools.

I was wondering, if maybe there are several simple project management software that I and my team can use. The software should be simple enough, easy to use, and easy to customize.

In this post, I want to share you several simple project management software and my experience trying them. Read More

Pre-FEED is My Second Project of The Year

Pre-FEED (Preliminary Front End Engineering Design) is my second project of the year. This is not the first time for me, especially Pre-FEED of oil and gas surface facility. However, the complexity is completely different from the previous one. I can say, this one is much more challenging.

The Pre-FEED I worked on is for Plan of Development (POD). Through POD, SKK Migas (Indonesia Special Task Force for Oil and Gas) along with KKKS (Cooperative Contract Contractor) are able to produce hydrocarbon reserve (which is national asset) very well, by considering both technical and commercial aspect, so that it will give benefit for Indonesia and fair benefit for KKKS.

How can Pre-FEED has something to do with POD? Read More

First Experience Involved in Plant Register Project

Two weeks ago I had a workshop in Yogyakarta. The intention of the workshop was to finish and close one of my company’s project which was plant register project for one of geothermal field in Indonesia. Actually I am not official member of this team. But my boss wanted me to join the workshop to fulfill the quota.

Although I am not official team member of this project, project manager of this project asked me to help. Before I joined the team, I thought the project was simple enough because it involved only three person plus one non-dedicated person (not 8 hours/day, 5 days/week doing the project). Then, I changed my mind. The project needs more people. Read More

Basic Engineering Design

basic engineering

Today I got a very nice meeting about three upcoming projects in my company. One of them is Basic Engineering Design. The meeting was attended by several engineers from my company and the team from our client.

The Basic Engineering Design was follow-up of our previous meeting: pre-feasibility study. We had about one hour discussion about the topic and we faced one problem here: the possibility to change basic engineering direction. Some people debated about the topic and the rest of them wished to get decision faster. But for us, as chemical engineering consultants, we tried to think carefully but we hoped to move quickly.

Read More

Project Implementation Scheduling

About a week ago, I got a copy of Project Implementation Scheduling and Project Engineering from my boss. Since I thought this copy might be very important, I decided to learn and write that on this blog.

Before we learn how to make implementation schedule, we’d better understand the scope of project implementation. The project implementation phase embraces the period from start of commercial production. It includes a number of stages, including negotiation and contracting, project design, construction and start-up. If not planned properly, this phase may extend over enough time to endanger the potential profitability of the project. Implementation scheduling is primarily aimed to determine the financial implications of the implementation phase with a view to securing sufficient finance to float the project until and beyond the start of production. Read More