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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 2019 - January 28 & 29

Monday, January 28
6pm O&G Working Group Dinner


Tuesday, January 29
8am-12pm     Oil and Gas Working Group Session - Executive Suite 1634
To introduce the Oil and Gas Working Group, have subgroup sessions, and discuss plans for 2019.

8-8:30 O&G WG Overview
8:30-9:30 Subgroup 3 - Standards
9:30-10 Requirements Quality
10-10:30 ReqIF Interchange Open Discussion
10:30-11:30 2019 Planning
  - Value of SE
  - O&G Competencies
  - 2019 Candidate Projects
11:30-12 Summary and Closing

Planned Presentations at the Next Events