Rice Global Forum Monthly Roundtable “What Makes a Great Project” Sept 16 – Houston

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Rice Global Forum Monthly Roundtable

Friday, September 16, 2022

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Program (live and streamed via Zoom)

If you are attending this meeting virtually, the program will be streamed via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. A link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the meeting.


“What Makes a Great Project?”

This presentation is based on a survey among executives in project-based businesses. The objective of the survey, including subsequent interviews, is to determine exactly what project companies are doing well. We asked Project Executives: what makes a great project, what works best for their project portfolio and what is their strategy for executing a string of successful projects?

The responders included Owners, EPC, Engineering, Construction, Service Companies and System providers within Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Utility, General Industry, Mining, Medical, IT, Defense and Aerospace. The common denominator among all these companies is that they all run complex projects and they have a project executive overseeing the project portfolio.

Topics include:

  • the importance of the project manager and the team
  • scalability and repeatability of project success
  • front-end planning, digitalization and standardization
  • collaboration, agility and contracting strategies
  • best practice and lean principles

The takeaway of this presentation is about real best practice. What are the novel ideas being applied and which ones are just a fad? Project businesses are by nature very different from each other, so look for lessons learned that are meaningful to your business. However, clarity and cohesion tends to be common to all top performers. Learn how they make that happen.


Erik Wiik, President, ReAdapt, Inc.

Mr. Wiik is the President of ReAdapt Inc., an engineering company serving the Energy Industry. The company provides subject matter expertise within systems engineering and offers a successful project management methodology for complex projects. The company’s mission is to assist clients adapting to change.

Mr. Wiik has over 30 years of experience within the global energy industry. This includes the role as Group President of CIRCOR Energy, responsible for manufacturing and service businesses in the energy segments. Previously he was with Aker Solutions, an energy engineering, construction and services company. The most recent role was as Regional President of North America. Prior to that he served as president of business units within subsea equipment manufacturing, marine contracting, well services, engineering, fabrication and floating production within Aker. 

He has led the execution of complex capital projects and has overseen operations in many countries around the world. Mr. Wiik’s expertise includes turning around troubled business units and accelerating growth of profitable businesses by developing cohesive strategies and creating great management teams. As a coach and mentor, his mission is to turn good managers into great leaders. 

He has served as chairman and director of many businesses within the corporations where he was an officer. He also served on the Board of Directors of National Ocean Industry Association, Spindletop Charities and the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Wiik was commissioned as an officer in the Norwegian Navy and has an Engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

  • $30 for general admission
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $30 webinar – online only (new fee as of 4.11.22)

In person registration will be limited so please register early. Registration will close at Noon on Thursday, September 15, 2022. A boxed lunch will be served to those guests attending in person.

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