With Simon Anthonisz, Managing Director, iCURO
Envision teamed up with workforce management software leader, iCURO, at the 14th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference in Sydney this month to showcase the latest in project management software for remote projects.
While this multi-billion sector in PNG continues to expand, with several major projects set to come online in the near future, delivery teams are still faced with the demand to achieve more with less.
From managing remote, disparate project teams to commodity price fluctuations to weather and much more, it’s clear that lean principles are the way forward.
Conference presentations featured major mining and oil and gas companies providing updates on existing operations and the progress of upcoming projects.
The mining side was more upbeat, with steady increases in the gold price leading to several existing mines increasing their production this year, and some gearing up for expansion.
A couple of mines that had stalled shared about how they are bringing new projects online in 2017 now that companies and investors are confident their long-term viability is secure.
In the oil and gas space, the success of the PNG LNG project was a major highlight. The 300th export left the port shortly before the conference began, which is a great achievement by co-venture partners ExxonMobil, Oil Search Limited (OSL), Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited, Santos Limited, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration and Mineral Resources Development Company Limited (MRDC).
The other big news came from the Total presentation, giving more detail to the recently-announced Papua LNG project, expected to start in late 2017. This will be the second large-scale project for PNG – a great boost for the economy and communities there.
With the drive toward increasingly lean operations, attendees were particularly attracted to iCURO’s automated workflows for managing on-boarding, mobilisation and worksite attendance, alongside Envision’s features that simplify the creation of daily diaries, management of daily costings and capture of unplanned events.