Ivan Gontko, P.Eng.

Ivan Gontko is a professional engineer with a master's degree in surveying engineering. He is member of APEGGA, CAGC, CESO, Gantthead, Projects at Work, LinkedIn. Before entering the seismic industry he was involved in underground and open strip mining. Ivan has 35 plus years of field experience in the seismic exploration industry.

Highlights of the knowledge and experience relevant to seismic projects.

1. Strong knowledge of the Project Management Discipline and its application in     seismic projects.

A significant amount of time was invested by Ivan Gontko in identifying and addressing the reasons why a shocking 73% of Seismic Projects are a Failure. The analysis and data was acquired on numerous projects in which he had access to budgets and schedules. The access was granted either by the prime contractor or an independent third party consultant hired by the prime contractor's client (the oil company) for overseeing prime contractor's performance. The acquired data and analysis concluded that the reasons for the 73% of Seismic Projects Failure rate is directly linked to two major areas:

1. Inadequate Management Processes (IMP)
2. Accidental Project Managers (APM)

Project Management is a specific management process. There is no substitute. To reverse a failure trend to success the organizations responsible for managing seismic projects (prime contractors) should seriously consider including and implementing specific project management processes as standard operating procedure in their business. This is specifically important for companies executing several projects per year and companies providing so called "Complete Project Management Services".  Planning, launching, executing and controlling of seismic projects (any project) successfully is based on specific management processes, NOT ON MANAGEMENT PREROGATIVES.

Most people working on seismic projects as "Project Managers" did not set out with that as their career path. They were put into these positions without any formal training or knowledge to simply report on task activities on a day to day basis. In the seismic industry they represent a staggering 98% of the so called Project Managers!. Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) titles them as Accidental Project Managers (APM). To express it "mathematically" the formula looks like this (just an illustration):


where PGF is ... Project Guaranteed Failure

Assuming that a single person can excel at everything required from them is simply wrong. Knowing a little bit of something from all aspects of Project Management may be good for socializing but it certainly is not acceptable in managing projects effectively!

The Project Manager is the only person on the project who is not allowed to say, "I am not sure, I don't know, I didn't know".

The untrained person referring to themselves as a Project Manager undermines and misleads the true value and proven methodology of the Project Management Discipline and the knowledge and expertise of a career Project Manager.

2. Teaching and Coaching Experience.

The concept of project management as a discipline was developed in the early 1960s. Its practice has expanded rapidly into government, the military, and industry. Suddenly master's-level degree programs are springing up at Universities throughout the world and certificate programs are being offered as well. Successful organizations are beginning to see the benefits of true Project Management and are requesting their contractors to provide only project managers who have been certified as professionals by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the professional society for practitioners.

Don't be surprised if in the near future you (the prime contractor) will be asked (by the oil company) qualifying questions to determine whether you are using Project Management Best-Practice Processes or Traditional Ways to manage their projects. Using the Project Management Discipline to manage seismic projects is long overdue.

To change the status from being an Accidental Project Manager to a real Project Manager is neither difficult nor expensive. The curriculum in the workshop, designed by Ivan Gontko, was developed with one important goal in mind,

When students complete the workshop they leave with an understanding on how the facts and theories of Project Management relate to real life issues which can be utilized immediately

You will learn the most basic and powerful components of project management which will give you a fast-track approach to managing your own projects. You will learn the essential steps in setting up project plans, scheduling your work, and controlling progress to achieve desired results.

The majority of companies use Microsoft Products (MS Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.) to run their business. Using MS Project software to run your next seismic project makes only sense. All these products are integrated.

If you follow the methods presented in the workshop, you will meet critical performance, cost, and schedule targets. In other words, you will deliver what you promised.

The most difficult part of project management is the planning phase. We want you to succeed. Every student is entitled for 1 hour of free consultation in the creation of their first, sound and realistic seismic project plan. Why in the planning phase?

1 Because: developing a realistic and sound project plan is the most difficult phase in project management
2 Because: knowing the health of the project progress at any given point in time is comparing the project progress against the project plan
3 Because: controlling components such as PV, CPI, SPI, EAC are derived from realistic and sound project plan
4 Because: you use the plan for corrective actions to be taken in order to bring the project back on track
5 Because: you will demonstrate to your client that you have a proper management methodology in place to complete his project as promised.

Avoid losing potential clients by being able to answer qualifying questions about your project managers or your project management methodologies.

Benjamin Franklin Quotation:

"Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I might remember, Involve me and I will understand"

The Facts Are

(Assuming seismic in the green area, line construction, dynamite source of energy)

1 The ultimate end product of every seismic exploration project is Geophysical Data
2 Statistically, the activities in the pre and post-recording phase (front-end) and clean-up (back-end) consume ≈70% of the budget.
3 Line construction, access, surveying, and drilling are predecessors activities before recording
4 Line construction, surveying, drilling, recording and back-end activities is a new seismic project
5 This new seismic project has never happened before and will never happen again under the same conditions

To deliver this project successfully. . .

you must use PROVEN project management processes

We show you how

"No matter how much you know today, you'll have to know more tomorrow"