Technology wizards McLaren bringing innovation to the energy sector
Formula 1 is the pinnacle of excellence in its fluid and near-flawless combination of teamwork and technology. So refined is the pit crew’s three-second ballet during a pit stop that I am left jaw-dropped by its magnificence. Maybe I’m going a little over the top, but it’s hard to think of another sport where the technicalities and back-room staff have such a positive impact on a spectator.
I am not huge into motorsport and never have been. I don’t even particularly like cars with the exception of a small few makes and models with particularly sleek profiles or growling exhausts, but I would watch an F1 race just to see teamwork in action. And not just the pit crew; but the entire engineering and technical team working in sync with a superstar driver whizzing around at 150mph.
It’s fair to say that the energy sector and indeed many industries can learn a lot from the discipline and ethos portrayed by the likes of F1 constructors. And McLaren have decided to make this a reality; announcing an ongoing collaboration with professional services firm KPMG to help oil & gas companies improve their performance against the backdrop of a challenging and uncertain future. Offshore drillers are the drivers of the upstream industry, and the drilling rig crew and support staff are the pit-team. In my view, optimising processes through clever use of technology, incremental improvement and better management means a more cost effective operation, improved hydrocarbon extraction (leaving less behind when an oil or gas field is decommissioned) and a more positive working environment.
But we don’t all need an award winning F1 team behind us to implement positive change in our own offices. Energy procurement requires teamwork, and is dramatically improved by technology adoption – that’s the reason I work where I do.