J. Ford Brett
Managing Director – PetroSkills
President – Oil and Gas Consultants International
J. Ford Brett’s technical background and work experience qualify him as an expert in the area process and project performance, and petroleum training. He is a recognized worldwide as a leader in the area of Petroleum Project Management.
He has received many honors, including the 2000 Crosby Medallion for Global Competitiveness by the American Society for Competitiveness for its work in “global competitiveness through quality in knowledge management, best practices transfer, and operations improvement”. For his for work on improved drilling techniques he was also honored in 1996 with a nomination for the National Medal of Technology, the US Government’s highest technology award. Mr. Brett has authored or co-authored over 25 technical publications, and has recently completed a book “Organizational Learning – the 24 Keys to High Performance”, and has been granted over 25 U.S. and International patents - including several patents relating to elimination of “Drill Bit Whirl” (which the Oil and Gas Journal Listed as one of the 100 most significant developments in the history of the petroleum industry).
But perhaps his division’s most impressive honor comes from client recommendations. Such as when Ken Derr, then Chevron Chairman and CEO, said during a speech at a major knowledge management conference:
“Of all the initiatives we’ve undertaken at Chevron during the 90’s, few have been as important or rewarding as our efforts to build a learning organization…the most exciting new example has been the adoption of the OGCI Organizational Learning Systems®. In drilling, it uses a simple software tool to capture lessons from the first wells in a new area, and then it helps you use that knowledge to drill the rest of the wells faster and cheaper. We’ve seen costs drop by 12 to 20% and cycle time reduced by 40%.”
The OLS “pushes” information to personnel so that they can’t help but “trip over” the experience they need in the context of the job at had. As Ken Derr’s quote testified, keeping it simple is an important part of making it part of normal work. Brett calls it being able to “Discover what works, and remember how to keep doing it; and Figure out what doesn’t work and never do that again.”
The Society of Petroleum Engineer’s honored him in 1999 as a “Distinguished Lecturer. A registered Professional Engineer, a certified Project Management Professional, Mr. Brett has spoken professionally and conducts scores of seminars in over 25 countries on five continents.
Outside of his business interests he has served on the board and as president of the Parent Child Center, a leading Child Abuse Prevention agency, and as a Juror for the Brock International Prize in Education.
Mr. Brett holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and physics from Duke University (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), an M.S.E. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Brett is also an Eagle Scout.
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