iEngineering Is Not Outsourcing
Our iEngineering differs significantly from out sourcing in that all work is executed on the customer's software platforms using remote access tools such as Citrix or ThinAnvwhere. Outsourcing can be thought of as "sending work overseas," iEngineering should be thought of as "flying in day workers over the web." Using the customer's software platforms ensures work consistency, work processes and methodology control, information security increases, and ultimately lower cost per project versus traditional consulting service providers.
In a typical iEngineering engagement, the customer and consultant must agree on four critical issues: communication, access, scope and expectations.
A New Alternative
The key point is that for mature assets in need of re-engineering work, an alternative source of consulting talent now is available. Accessing and using this talent leverages existing software and hardware investments made by all E&P companies, but it does require an adjustment to a modified work arrangement.
In practice, this alternative consulting arrangement results in:
- Faster start times - Due to increased availability of our employee consulting engineers, customers are able to begin projects without delay;
- Greater consistency - By definition, iEngineering projects use the customer's existing software and data platforms to execute the interpretive and engineering work. This greatly increases the transparency and consistency of our work with the processes and norms of the customer. It also reduces the "black box" situation in which a project report is delivered. but the customer does not know how the results were obtained; and
- Lower cost - iEngineering offers significant reduction in skill-equivalent day rates, while quality and delivery times are maintained.