Problem Solver

Brandon Hall

I have been involved in the oil and gas and construction industry since I was a small child. I have a dedication to solving a problem the way the client wants, the fastest, safest and most efficient that me and my team can. I am a very driven individual and will not stop until a perfect solution is reached.

Areas Brandon Hall is Knowledgeable in:

Upstream, Downstream, and Midstream Oil and Natural Gas.
Any area involving motors, pumps, compressors, turbines, etc
Design and fabrication of machines/motors
Trouble shooting of operations, mechanical, and process related issues
Material Science: Corrosion and Failure analysis

Techniques Brandon Hall Uses:

Gain a knowledge of the exact nature of the problem (costs, dangers, issues, timeframe)
Develop constraints that the design or solution must satisfy
Develop a list of possible solutions/designs that will satisfy the constraints thereby solving the problem with my team
Employ solutions from similar problems gained through experience of myself and team members
Rule out solutions based on cost, safety, functionality
Conclude with my team the solution satisfies all the constraints, present the solution.
Test, retest, and finally produce a finalized solution

Problem solving techniques in my experience change from problem to problem, project to project, and require a close relationship and good management from the team leader to effectively and efficiently create a solution.

Brandon Hall's Problem Solving Skills:

  1. Failure Analysis of machine parts
  2. Design and Fabrication
  3. On-Site Construction
  4. Drilling/Rigging/Servicing Wells
  5. LPG/LNG Processing Facilities
  6. Downstream Oil and Gas
  7. Upstream Oil and Gas
  8. Project Planning and Management
  9. Rotating Equipment
  10. Material Science: Corrosion, Coatings

Brandon Hall's Problem Solving Experience:

  1. Axle problems on an Odysey Sand machine. The motor provided too much torque to the drivetrain, causing the axle to break from the chassis. I redesigned the axle mounts, re geared the drivetrain and the machine is fully function without any axle issues.
  2. A oil and gas facility was being decommissioned, and a 1000 bbl tank was to be demolished and removed from site. The work was scheduled for several days, including the use of several welders/ labourers/ crane opertors to dismantle the tank section by section. Along with several others in the field, we constructed a series of skids/ and well placed acetylene cuts. Connected chains to weak points on the tank to a few D6 CATS and the tank was dismantled in one day.
  3. Design of a folding motorcycle trailer. I was team manager as well as chief designer. Our client had two motorcycles that he wished to haul with a trailer, but the suburbs he resided in had a bylaw stating that no trailers could be stored in the driveway. Therefore he needed a trailer that could fold up, and be stored beside his shed. Along with my team we created a perfect solution to his constraints. Currently an American company holds the patent to this trailer design after being sold by our client.
  4. A problem occurred in a remote well, the well was loading up ( drawing water from downwell rather than gas). I oversaw the instalation of my suggested placement of a portable compressor on the well bore. The well after a few days of running with the compressor, produced on a daily average 20 decs more than previously, with no loading.
  5. A project involving the RCMP exxplosives division. Their current problem was safe and environmentally friendly disposal of seized ammunition. I was project manager of a team of three, as well as the chief 3-D modeller. With my team we created a machine that successfully neutralized the ammunition, destroyed in such a way that it was seperated which allowed for easy recycling. The project details are classified, but the machine has been accepted by the RCMP and a prototype is currently being tested.
  6. Corrosion issues in a LPG sour gas processing facility. Specifically, large areas of pitting inside a reboiler. Suggested solution was a metalizing coating applied to the inside of the reboiler surface during shutdown. This process was to take 21 days running 24 hrs a day. I was a relief engineer brought in to assist with shutdown and trouble shooting. After sufficiently analyzing data and analyzing the corrosion inside the reboiler, I suggested that only the top portion of the reboiler be metalized rather than the whole vessel. The type of corrosion was due to a vapour phase reaction on the surface above the fluid line due to an evaporation occuring of the sulfide mixture, below the fluid line was unaffected. This alteration to their existing solution saved 12 days of shutdown, and a very large portion of the shutdown budget.