Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil Gas and Process Industries
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Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil Gas and Process Industries



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The Author of The Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas and Process Industries 

Dennis P. Nolan and Eric T. Anderson are the editors of The Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas and Process Industries PDF Book.

Main Contents of The Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas and Process Industries 


  • What Is Operational Excellence (OE)?
  • Safety Management 
  • Interrelationships between SHE (PSM/SMS) and OE Systems 
  • Benefits of Integrated PSM/SMS/SHE and OE Programs
  • OE Objectives and Structure 
  • OE Typical Elements 
  • OE Key Processes and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Embedding
  • OE/SHE Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • OE Governance and Implementation 
  • Performing an OE/SHE Gap Analysis
  • Assessments and Auditing

About the Authors Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas and Process Industries


Eric T. Anderson is currently a Loss Prevention Specialist at Saudi Aramco. Before joining the Saudi Aramco Loss Prevention Department staff in 1998, he had numerous achievements to his credit throughout many years of safety, health, environmental and loss prevention management experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry.

Prior to joining Saudi Aramco he held a number of progressively responsible technical and managerial roles within the Kerr McGee Corporation, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Group’s North America based chemical operations, as well both Health, Environment and Safety (HES) organizations of Unocal and Chevron Corporation (pre/post-merger). (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

He had a lead role in developing the Saudi Aramco Safety Management System (SMS) and also worked to help influence the development efforts of the company’s Operational Excellence Management System (OEMs).

He has been elected to serve dutifully as an elected independent director for multiple terms with a Saudi Aramco employee self-directed group, the Arabian Automobile Association (AAA). (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)


Eric has led numerous high profile incident investigations within the industry including analysis of a good control incident resulting in loss of an offshore platform in Southeast Asia,

forensic investigation into causes of a California refinery incident involving loss of containment and off-site release with public health consequences (prompting a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit),

a large fire and explosion within a process plant requiring the management of company resources in a comprehensive joint investigation that involved close coordination with Federal investigators from the US Department of Labor (OSHA) and the US Department of Defense.

He has briefed members of the Board of Directors on technical issues related to several sensitive company incident investigations and advised on corrective actions. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

He has been the recipient of numerous recognitions, innovation and excellence awards, including an ICI president’s recognition and Chevron president’s award as well as being profiled in company newsletters.

Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin, Superior in 1983, his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota,

Duluth in 1985 and he did post-graduate work at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business where he completed the executive education program in Finance Management in 1997.

Eric is currently an active professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), a standards-setting committee member and long-standing professional member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE),

a Saudi Aramco representative to the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), as well as serving as a former contributor and member of several American Petroleum Institute (API) technical standards committees.

Over the course of his career, he has supported, audited, and inspected petroleum industry facilities across operations in the upstream, downstream,  and midstream segments, facilities, and operations associated with the production of natural gas, as well as onshore, offshore, and deepwater pipeline facilities.

He has had assignments supporting both commercial and military explosives manufacturing facilities, surface, and underground mining operations,

petroleum industry marketing facilities, and large scale geothermal operations under various operating conditions around the world. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

His activity in the chemical industry has included support and oversight for specialized facilities responsible for producing solid rocket fuel oxidizer used in NASA’s Space Shuttle program, airbag initiator systems for the automotive industry, as well as components manufactured for “classified” missile defense systems.

Dr. Dennis P. Nolan has had a long career devoted to risk engineering, fire protection engineering, loss prevention engineering, and systems safety engineering. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration from Berne University, Master of Science degree in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.

He is a US registered professional engineer (P.E.) in fire protection engineering in the state of California.

He is currently on the Executive Management staff of Saudi Aramco, located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, as a Loss Prevention Consultant/Chief Fire Prevention Engineer. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

He covers some of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world. The magnitude of the risks, worldwide sensitivity, and foreign location make this one the highly critical fire risk operations in the world.

He has also been associated with Boeing, Lockheed, Marathon Oil Company, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation in various fire protection engineering, risk analysis, and safety roles in several locations in the United States and overseas.

As part of his career, he has examined oil production, refining, and marketing facilities under severe conditions and in various unique worldwide locations, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and North, and South America. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

His activity in the aerospace field has included engineering support for the NASA Space Shuttle launch and landing facilities at Kennedy Space Center (and for those undertaken at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California) and “classified” national defense systems.


Dr. Nolan has received numerous safety awards and is a member of the ASSE. He is the author of many technical papers and professional articles in various international fire protection and safety publications. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

He has written five other books, which include: Safety and Security Review for the Process Industries, Application of HAZOP, PHA, What-IF and SVA Reviews (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions),

Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions),

Fire Fighting Pumping Systems at Industrial Facilities (1st & 2nd Editions), Encyclopedia of Fire Protection (1st & 2nd Editions), and Loss Prevention and Safety Control Terms and Definitions.

Dr. Nolan has also been listed for many years in “Who’s Who in California”, Who’s Who in the West”, Who’s Who in the World” and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” publications.

He was also listed in “Outstanding Individuals of the twentieth century” (2001) and “Living Legends” (2004), published by the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England.  (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

Preface to The Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas and Process Industries


The material in this reference book is intended to provide guidance, insight, and background on a multitude of business and organizational issues relating to operational excellence that may helpline management in many business segments. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

There is a discussion of examples that have greatly influenced oil, gas, and related process industries and the evolution of operational excellence, but the issues are relevant in many other industries as well.

The information provided can be used as a practical reference to prepare an organization’s Operational Excellence management systems and also continually improve upon it.

To help facilitate its preparation we have reviewed many process organizations and industry guidelines on Operational Excellence, System Management Systems, and Quality programs. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)

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Many of these organizations have established proprietary processes, and although unique, and useful to their own operations, have not been highlighted since they would not have wide appeal.

However, we have tried to capture and highlight the most relevant and important features of all of these programs in order to provide some background and understanding of what influences the industry’s efforts in achieving Operational Excellence.

There are some areas in the book where we compare major organizations programs against each other.

We have also tried to include the most useful and practical knowledge and applications that can be readily adapted for your use. (Applied Operational Excellence for the Oil and Gas)


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