Lean Applications in Unconventional Oil & Gas Development -- Presented by Alfred D'Ambrosio

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Seminar Title: Global Project Delivery: Why Mega-Projects Fail

Speaker: John F. Small

Abstract: Over the last several years, the US has made tremendous strides toward energy independence through technological advancements, allowing for the development of oil & gas reserves previously deemed uneconomic to produce. These “unconventional” reserves are associated with shale formations, tight sands, and coal bed methane. These advances created a viable alternative to costly, high-risk, long-lead time deep water developments to an onshore “manufacturing process” requiring lean reviews and increase logistical efforts. This presentation will review the basics of unconventional developments and various “lean” applications that are driving success.


Fred D’Ambrosio currently holds the position of Sr. Commercial Manager for Hess Corporation’s unconventional development of its US producing assets and serves part-time as an Adjunct Professor at UNCC. He has been in the energy industry for over 35 years working all components of the supply chain from Production Operations to Downstream Marketing serving in both staff and management position. He has been involved in the US natural gas deregulation process since its inception in the early 1980’s. Besides his extensive US background he has international experience in energy contract negotiations and market development in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Libya, Iraq and Ghana. A civil engineering graduate of the Citadel he obtained his M.S. degree in engineering from the University of Texas in Austin and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

For questions about the Industrial & Technology Management Seminar please contact Dr.
Ertunga C. Ozelkan (ecozelka@uncc.edu) Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Systems
Engineering and Engineering Management Program.