Project Engineer’s Toolkit


Author: Peter F Cranston

As a result of 10+ years of gathering information about Oil and Gas Topsides Project Engineering, this book is now available to provide you with readily usable tools and techniques for performing your own responsibilities as a Project Engineer. As the Oil and Gas Industry strives for increased effectiveness and efficiency, it is important that we work smarter, not harder.

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Book Layout

The book is split into 3 main sections:

  • Soft Skills.
  • Core Project Management.
  • Engineering Disciplines.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are vital for a Project Engineer who will spend a significant part of his/her time dealing with people of various backgrounds, competencies and attitudes. Based on sound techniques these skills can be developed and practiced to great effect.

Core Project Management

This section explores the core project management competencies associated with Topsides Project Engineering and uses actual documentation examples to explain how to manage these areas. 

The Engineering Disciplines

This section demystifies the Engineering Disciplines and provides insight from a Project Engineers viewpoint. These chapters will allow you to understand the work processes for each discipline, plus the inputs and the outputs so that you will be more effective in integrating all the engineering elements into your projects scopes.

Influences on the content

Content has been influenced by the following three main sources:

30+ years Project Engineering/Management Experience

Having worked as a Project Engineer for over 30 year much hard won experience has been gained which has resulted in developing techniques that work in the “real world” Projects environment.

Project Management Bodies of Knowledge

As a member of the PMI and previously APM since 1999 my projects have been run using the principles contained in the project management industry books of knowledge. Many of these principles have been used in development of this book.

Toastmasters International

The skills and techniques in leadership and communication are influenced heavily from active membership of Toastmasters International for over 11 years. Toastmasters is a worldwide organisation of over 350,000 members promoting development of both leadership and communication skills. These techniques have been adapted for the requirements of Project Engineering within oil and gas engineering contractors.

A great read for both developing and experienced project engineers. It gives detail in all areas a project engineer is likely to experience. I particularly like the sections on time management and effective meetings. This is without doubt one of the critical areas in being a successful project engineer. The review of each project management and engineering discipline is also a refreshing read, when you are about to work together on your project.

William Steward, BEng MSc CEng MIMechE MSc MAPM

This is a great tool for those that are transitioning from another industry, are Discipline Engineers aspiring to be Project Engineers, Project Managers it Engineering Managers. It is also a helpful reference for those that want to understand what drives the needs and expectations of Project Engineers.

Mr Scott J Saunders

This book is an excellent solution. Its structure is very well thought out and every aspect of project engineering 101 is covered – It really does live up to its name as the ‘Project Engineer’s Toolkit’! I especially enjoyed the chapter on planning – It helped give more clarity when I came to address this in my job.

The book is very easy to navigate, and a great reference both at home and in the office. Chapters aren’t too lengthy and contain clear supporting figures.

A Strutt

Print length: 298 pages

Language: English

Publisher: Cranston Engineering Ltd

Publication date: 7 May 2019

Dimensions: 21.59 x 2.06 x 27.94 cm

ISBN-10: 191605490

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