Shell is a global leader in the oil and gas industry. The organization carries out large and complex projects worldwide, and has solid experience in applying Systems Engineering (SE). Shell has the ambition to be the industry’s leading company in SE. To achieve this, Shell has launched a Worldwide SE implementation program.

Dutch Boosting Group has drawn up an SE action plan for a Shell project in this context and implemented it with the project team.

The pillars of the action plan are:

Fulfilling customers’ needs is central!

Dutch Boosting Group always keeps the focus on the initial needs of the customer (organization and stakeholders), by determining the interests, requirements and wishes in the beginning and recording these in a “Customer Requirement Specification (CRS). We validate our work against this document throughout the process.

Systems thinking, working from a holistic perspective!

The system to be delivered is always part of a larger system and environment. We are constantly aware of the functions to be provided within a project plus the interfaces to the environment. We provide insight into what is necessary for a well-functioning system. This forms the basis for the requirements tree.

Top-down approach and iterative process for verification of requirements and design!

In the SE method, quality is checked by mapping the requirements at each level and using them to verify the design. For each requirement it becomes clear how it contributes to project goals and how it should be verified within a project.

Work explicitly and structured!

Different people work with different information flows within projects. SE ensures that information is made explicit from the start so that nothing is overlooked.
The results of these activities are a ‘Top Specification’ for the project in Rotterdam and a top-level SE database. The activities were carried out using Dutch Boosting Groups self-developed information database “DEVISE”. DEVISE is a template for a Requirement management database within Relatics.