Chapters & Groups

​Oil and Gas Working Group

Mission & Objectives


The purpose of this Working Group (WG) is to advance the state-of-the-art of Systems Engineering into the Oil and Gas sector by seeking alignment on the vision for Systems Engineering and how it should be applied within the Oil and Gas industry. The Working Group aims to co-create the strategies for the advancement of Systems Engineering within this industry and to develop the appropriate work processes, tools and competencies to mature the SE thinking and ways of working. The participants of this WG will be oil and gas operators, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors, service providers, equipment suppliers, Standards development organizations and universities who have deep vested interest in progressing Systems Engineering in their organizations within the near term and having the long term intent to sustain and strengthen the SE ways of working for Oil & Gas.    

All of the technical and non-technical risks need to be accounted for holistically, through an end- to-end approach, where the viability of the solution is tested for each phase of the development (from assess, to detailed design, to operate and through to abandonment). It is the view that Systems Engineering, through its very design, can be applied to achieve this objective where the requirements from the business premise can be clearly decomposed all the way through to the design specifications of the base equipment components to arrive at a design that is always competitively scoped, adaptive to changing external factors and fully leverages the interconnectivities and interdependencies that cross industry boundaries.

It is vital that oil and gas companies adopt this new way of working as the industry is faced with ever more diverse and less malleable environments, necessitating each company to adapt rapidly.   

Our current charter: Oil & Gas Working Group Charter 2016


  • Develop a value proposition for Systems Engineering in the Oil and Gas industry and conduct outreach to industry stakeholders to encourage adoption.
  • Define best practices for Systems Engineering focusing on requirements development and management as applied to the Oil and Gas industry.  Share and communicate those best practices between working group members.
  • Influence worldwide Oil and Gas standards organizations such as API and NORSOK to adopt systems engineering best practices.
  • Define and communicate Systems Engineering professional competencies specific to the Oil and Gas industry in order to facilitate Systems Engineer career development. 
  • To adopt and tailor relevant elements of Systems Engineering to the specific needs of the Oil and Gas industry to improve the delivery of engineering, projects and construction.
  • To build a common and shared Systems Engineering expertise and body of knowledge for application by members of the Oil and Gas industry.


  • To provide value-added outcomes to members of this working group through the delivery of products and events that fulfill member aspirations
  • To grow the Systems Engineering community within the Oil and Gas industry, so that it becomes sustainable and gains global reach through
    • Sharing ideas though face-to-face and web-based fora to strengthen the understanding of SE concepts and their direct application to address member needs
    • Providing the platform for members to learn from experiences of INCOSE experts
  •  To build upon the SE technical and management competencies of representatives from other sectors who are part of the working group
  • To support INCOSE's mission to collaborate and partner with other technical working groups to develop Systems Engineering in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • To support the publication of papers, panels, tutorials and round table sessions at INCOSE International Symposiums
  • To hold face-to-face meetings at INCOSE International Workshops


Steering Team

Sub Groups

Value of Systems Engineering (SG1)

Requirements Development and Management (SG2)

Industry Standards (SG3)

Systems Engineering Competencies (SG4)

Working Group Products

Value of Systems Engineering

  • Develop target audience
  • Create SE Value stories for industry use.

Requirements Development and Management

  • Develop open source requirements coaching tool

Industry Standards

  • Pilot 2nd project with API to demonstrate requirements concept 
  • Influence standards bodies (API, ISO, ASTM, etc.) to modify the format and structure of their requirements documents to separately identify:
    • The requirement (shall statement)
    • Rationale or history
    • Verification

SE Competencies

  • Finalize SE Competencies frameworks for use within the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Promote mentoring and SE certification 

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

INCOSE International Workshop 2018 - January 22 & 23

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, City Terrace 12

Monday, January 22

0900 - 1000  Oil & Gas Working Group Introduction
1030 - 1200  O&G Subgroup Introductions & Presentations
1300 - 1500  1st Subgroup Working Session
1530 - 1700  2nd Subgroup Working Session
1800     O&G Working Group Dinner    

Tuesday, January 23

0800 - 1000  3rd Subgroup Working Session
1030 - 1200  WG & Subgroup IW Summary
1600 - 1830  Closing Reception



Planned Presentations at the Next Annual

INCOSE Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and the INCOSE Oil & Gas Working Group present

The 2nd Annual Systems Engineering Conference
in Aerospace and Oil & Gas 

Systems Engineering - a Renewal of Exploration

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Transocean Facility in Greenway Plaza
4 Greenway Plz, Houston, TX 77046


We are seeking presentations related to this theme from both the Aerospace and O&G communities specifically in the following areas:

  • Value of SE / Success Stories in SE – supporting the business case for systems engineering.
    Presentations that provide insight into the benefits of SE in enhancing project execution
  • Requirements development and management – lessons learned and best practices in the full
    range of requirements, from stakeholder initial involvement through detailed specification
    development and maintenance. Alignment with Industry standards and regulations.
  • System Architecting – addressing approaches and methods for synthesizing, assessing,
    revising, and trading architectures during a system development or revision. Optimization for
    Operational Efficiency and Retrofit Applications.
  • Test and Verification – presentations focused on the overarching process for ensuring the
    delivered system addresses ultimate user needs, and on the prototype, developmental,
    qualification, acceptance, or follow‐on testing activities. Proving equivalence in function and
    performance with Industry standards and regulations.
  • System Integrity – Functional Safety Integrity, Design for Maintainability and Reliability,
    Leveraging Model Based Engineering, Enhancing Usability via Human Factors 

The format is presentation only, no papers required. Presentations will be scheduled in 30 minute time slots with 25 minutes for presentations and 5 minutes for Q&A. No proceedings will be published, although TGCC would like to post presentations to our internal web environment, with the permission of the authors. All presentations must be publicly releasable.


  • One Page abstracts due: February 23, 2018
  • Presentations Selected: March 23, 2018
  • Conference date for presenting: May 3, 2018

​​How to Submit an Abstract:
Interested presenters should submit their one page abstract to
For further information, please contact technical program chair, Tasha Penner at