Different Industry Norms and Practices

Changing from one industry to another is a bitter pill that someone needs to take. I was on this situation when I was started on a project for the water industry after one-and-half decade working in the oil & gas industry. Worse, it was an Alliance Alliance project compared to the straight contract projects I always worked with.

Like any other projects, old-timers seem to show off on new comers. More so that the norms and practices on the water industry is totally different from the oil & gas. To name a few:

  1. Water almost always use underground conduits - Oil & Gas, this is a mortal sin.
  2. Cable ladders are seldom used - O&G, that's the way to do it.
  3. P&IDs are owned by I&C - O&G, it is the process people.
  4. Electrical panelboards contains I&C stuff and almost always form 1 at most form 2 - O&G, totally separate.
  5. Field isolators are always required to disconnect the motor circuits - O&G, local control stations are used..
  6. The list go on...

There are so differences that it was actually a shocking experience for me which led to heated discussions with the old-timers most of the time. Until someone needs to give-in... and that's me.

As the saying goes "When you're in Rome, do what the Romans do". And so I did.

I said to myself, as long as it is an acceptable norm in the industry, then it is okay with me. Then I became much happier with the project,  and no more hard hitting arguments. At least everybody is happy.

1023 = 1017 = 1025

About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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