The Rice Global E & C Forum is the only organization focused solely on the discussion and study of problems and opportunities facing the contracting side of the E & C industry. The Rice Global E&C Forum (RGF) has a vision to be the premier venue for discussion of critical issues impacting the future of the global E & C industry.
The mission of the RGF Council is to accomplish its vision through collaboration with Rice University, by conducting an Annual Forum and holding monthly roundtable meetings within a neutral environment.
Join us for a Discussion – Upcoming Roundtable Meetings
Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
“The Brave New World of Energy Security”
Technology, entrepreneurship, and a legal system that has rewarded innovation is changing the energy landscape in the US, with global consequences. But as we focus increasingly on the US, we find that the challenges that companies encountered overseas are also evident here – heated competition, a shifting and often increasingly hostile regulatory environment, community and environmental protests that impact profitability, and operational success that creates new financial stress. How resilient will this new boom turn out to be?
Speaker: Bill Arnold, Professor in the Practice of Energy Management, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
Date: Friday, January 10, 2014
“Top Ten Observations of Cost Estimating”
Cost estimating is a unique science that blends statistics with engineering. The need for a ‘good’ cost estimate to support a major project is often overlooked. Not doing a cost estimate properly can lead to misallocation of scarce funds, taking on too many and unknown risks and missing the opportunity to apply lessons learned. This presentation will review some commonly held misconceptions regarding cost estimates as well as provide insight into some “dos” and “don’ts.” Additionally, some real life lessons learned will be discussed to demonstrate how cost estimates provide management with actionable information.
Speaker: Joe Kabeiseman, Senior Analyst, Quaternion Consulting, Inc. (QCI)
News Release: Expansion of U.S. energy infrastructure abets globalization of Asian E&C companies
Globalization of the energy engineering and construction (E&C) industry is occurring more quickly than many in the industry realize–led by growing influence of Chinese E&C firms–and oil and gas produced from shale and other low-permeability reservoirs has established the U.S. as the destination of choice for E&C companies seeking energy processing and infrastructure projects, according to responses to a real-time opinion survey of the audience observing a panel-discussion at the 16th annual fall conference of the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum (RGF). Read more here.
XVI Annual Forum – September 16 & 17, 2013
Thank you to all who attended the Rice Global E&C Forum’s 16th Annual Forum, titled “Getting Ahead of the Curve: Adapting to our Industry’s Accelerating Pace of Change,” on September 16 & 17, 2013. Click here for list of attendees.
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Join us now for 2014. This is an excellent time to enroll as our new membership year begins January 1st.
We thank our members for enabling the Forum Board of Directors to establish and maintain a continuous dialogue on current and future issues related to the benefit of the Engineering and Construction industry. Our membership directory is available for your review.