Development of Detailed Plan

Planning is crucial in project management. There are three major areas affecting the final outcome of the project success. These are:

Project Activities Activity Duration Resource Requirements

In order to develop a good project plan Artiva Group creates a list in a top-down fashion following a specific set of rules. Having defined the project as a list of activities, the activities can be sequenced so that the project duration (clock time needed to complete all project work) will be much less than the sum of all the times needed to complete each work activity.

A typical list of project activities for a 3D project in a top-down fashion are:

  • Mapping

  • Approvals

  • Scouting

  • Permitting (if applicable)

  • Safety management

  • Line clearing

  • Surveying

  • Pipeline location

  • Drilling

  • Recording

  • Assessment

  • Inspection

During the bid preparation and bid evaluation process Artiva Group creates an Arrow Plan. This plan (line clearing, hand cutting, drilling) is then distributed among cat pushers, hand cutting crews, cats, and drills.

Arrow Plan

Activity duration is a random variable. One of Artiva's goals in estimating activity duration is to have defined the activity to a level of granularity so that our estimates have a narrow variance, therefore being very realistic. We use our own historical data and three-point technique. Estimating activity duration takes into account:

  • Varying skills levels

  • Unexpected events

  • Efficiency of work time

  • Mistakes and misunderstanding

Artiva's approach and expertise of estimating activity duration ensures that 99.73% of the time the work will be completed within the range of Te + 3 standard deviations.

A part of activity duration is development of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Each activity duration must possesses the six characteristics for its completeness. Further decomposition of the WBS is continuing until all six characteristics are achieved.

Pert Chart

Pert Charts, Gantt Charts, CPM are a few of the many excellent tools utilized by Artiva Group to effectively control the project progress.

In seismic exploration projects the resources involved are:

  • People

  • Facilities

  • Equipment

  • Material

Artiva Group makes a considerable effort to schedule people resources. Special attention is given to the Contracted Team. Members of this team are available on the project for short periods of time. They are assigned to the project when it is time for them to contribute their skills. As soon as they have completed their assigned task they leave the project. Contracted team members present the project manager with a number of problems. Artiva Group is aware of the implications to the project when contracted professionals are used. When selecting the contracted team Artiva Group emphasizes the following:

  • Activities on which they work must remain on schedule

  • They must be briefed on their role in the project and how their activity relates to other activities in the project

  • Their commitment to the project

  • Quality of work

  • More supervision required

Final AFE

Upon completion of the final project plan, the Final AFE is then presented to the client for its approval. This is a final phase before launching the project. At this time all the participating contractors are known.

Final AFE
Pre-Start Up Meeting

The purpose of conducting a pre-start up meeting before launching the project is to ensure that contracted team members understand how the project will be run, responsibilities and other essential issues related to the project. In order to make the pre-start up meeting effective, the meeting is conducted in the presence of the following personnel:
  • Geophysicist

  • Cat Pushers

  • Survey Supervisor

  • Line Clearing Supervisor

  • Drill Push

  • Recording Manager



Artiva Group is committed to establish a safe environment and the safety of each team member. We have a non-compromising approach to violators of standard safety procedures and are strongly enforcing the safety policies.

Our experience has shown that safety in the workplace is one of the major contributor to the success of the project. That's why Artiva Group vigorously protects it.

Safety Inspections


To ensure a safe workplace and safety of each team member the project manager communicates with the HSE representative on daily basis.

Safety Auditing

During the life cycle of the project an independent Safety Auditor will:

  • Measure the effectiveness of safety procedures already in place

  • Suggest new actions if needed and as they apply to the project