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Issue 3 / 2011 The FMC Aftermarket Eastern Region internal magazine

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start You might notice a few words that repeat many times in this issue of Work/Over – growth and expansion. Just browse through these pages and you’ll read about new buildings and new hires all the way from Kristiansund, Norway to Aberdeen, Scotland. Indeed, growth and expansion is top of mind at FMC Aftermarket Eastern Region these days. Continuing with our goal of making different units more visible, we include here a highlight of what’s going on at PPS. No surprise that they are also growing! Check it out on page 4. We also want to make our various geographic locations more visible to each. Did you know that we have an office in Krakow, Poland? Learn what to do when you visit and a bit about one of your colleagues there (page 12).

Employees win innovation award Stig Grafsrønningen and Atle Jensen, respectively Project Engineer and Senior Specialist Engineer at FMC PPS, recently received an innovation prize of nok 100,000 for their idea for an improved heat exchanger. Grafsrønningen, who is currently on sabbatical from FMC, and Jensen, who holds a part-time position at FMC in addition to his professorship at the University of Oslo, developed the exchanger as part of Grafsrønningen’s doctoral thesis at the University of Oslo’s Department of Mathematics. They were quite surprised when their patent application resulted in an award from Inven2, which works to

commercialise innovations from the oil from the smaller oil fields. University of Oslo and Oslo University They think they will use the prize Hospital. “We did not even know we money towards further research in were nominated,” says Grafsrønningen. this same area as well for operational costs for further development of Better utilisation / The goal of the heat exchanger. “It’s fun to do this research for his thesis was simply research that gets noticed, and it’s to find a way to better utilise and im- great to be honoured in this way”, prove a heat exchanger for subsea use. says Grafsrønningen. He expects to be Such a model may contribute to mak- finished with his PhD and to return to ing it economically feasible to extract FMC by June of 2012. /

Andreas Helgesen

Communications Manager, Aftermarket ER


New Certification in Bergen The workshop in Bergen is in the process of being certified to perform maintenance on subsea control modules (SCMs). This additional capability will be a great benefit to FMC. Leading up to the final certification, Bergen has had temporary permission to perform level 1, 2 and 3 maintenance. The certification process will hopefully be complete sometime early this autumn. Maintenance Execution Manager Sverre Undeland says, “We have performed receiving test, incoming inspection and level 1 maintenance for a while. At the moment, we have four SCMs in the workshop on which we have begun level 2 maintenance. One or more of these may end up as level 3.” Some 30 - 35 modules are expected to go through overhaul at the Bergen says. “Performing SCM overhauls in workshop in 2012. two locations will provide stability, flexibility and better cover our cusMany benefits / Undeland sees tomers’ demand for a steady flow of a number of benefits to the new cer- overhauled modules. We’ll be closer to tification. “It is smart to do this,” he the end customer and their service or-

What it covers

service mindset and knowledge of performing maintenance makes this a winning solution for the company.”

ganization, thus able to respond faster to changed needs or requirements.” Our workshop in Bergen cooperates extremely well with Kongsberg. Utilizing their tremendous competence and combining it with Bergen’s

Kongsberg / Previously, all SCM maintenance has taken place in Kongsberg. Going forward, Kongsberg will still continue to overhaul SCMs, in particular modifications and maintenance on newer modules. But Bergen will now cover as much of the maintenance on older modules as capacity allows. “We’ll build capacity as we go and learn more,” says Undeland. This new capability in Bergen will also remove some pressure from Kongsberg during peak periods and, for example, when Kongsberg needs to shift course from maintenance, modifications and repair (MMR) to new builds. /

This certification ensures that workshop facilities – including tools, personnel, equipment and test facilities – fulfill FMC’s requirements for performing the specified level of maintenance. Highlights are cleanliness, risk of pollution, test stands, tools for performing maintenance, qualification of personnel, flushing stands, clean rooms with over pressure, air quality in clean room, ESD protection and stable electricity supply.


10 years


Grants for up to nok 50,000

FMC employees who are members of the union Norwegian Engineers and Managers Association (FLT) have access to valuable education benefits. “FLT has Norway’s best grant scheme – they take further and continuing education seriously,” says Lars Christian Nilsen, who is based in Kongsberg and is FLT’s representative at FMC. “The more employees who learn about this opportunity, the better.” Approximately 650 employees at FMC are currently members of the union. These are spread across Kongsberg, Bergen, Krstiansund, Asker and Stavanger, in addition to Technical Service Personnel stationed at bases around the world. User focus / FLT makes a concerted effort to provide solutions that are user centred, making it possible to combine education with full-time

FLT’s financial support for professional development

How to apply for an FLT grant

• Up to NOK 50,000 per year for full-time studies • Up to NOK 37,000 per year for part-time studies • Up to NOK 15,000 for short courses For more information:

1. Fill out the form that can be downloaded from the FLT internet site ( 2. Have the form signed by the FLT contact at FMC, Lars Christian Nilsen. 3. Mail it in to FLT.

employment. Elisabeth Vethe, Senior Planner Customer Support EH in Ågotnes, began her studies via FLT in 2007, initially with a focus on project management, and she has continually taken courses since she began at FMC in 2008. Vethe says, “I am sure that my project management studies had a posi-

Happy Anniversary! On 14 June 2001, FMC Technologies began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a publicly owned company. This June marked the 10-year anniversary of this milestone. Many events and activities were planned throughout the

company – and FMC Aftermarket Eastern Region was no exception! Trygve Arnesen, Director of Aftermarket, Eastern Region, says “Each and every one of our employees across the region plays a part in the company’s tremendous success.” /

tive impact on my being offered my first job at FMC.” Today, she is working on her master in management at BI in Bergen, supported by an FLT grant. “I strongly recommend this grant scheme to my colleagues at FMC. The application process is so easy (see box),” says Vethe. “And the grant

provides a great opportunity for self development, new learning, getting to know new people and meeting your own individual work requirements.” She has also been pleased by the quality of the teachers and small details like having her books delivered in the mail and her expenses covered when she had to travel to Oslo for a course. Free education / The union’s offering is not just about grants – it provides free education as well. Its subsidiary Addisco offers courses free for members, and university-level studies are available at no cost – including a master’s degree worth up to nok 200,000 via FLT’s collaboration with the Australian union APESMA and La Trobe University in Australia. /



What’s going on @ PPS

The Production Performance Services (PPS) department has been called the “undiscovered diamond” of FMC Aftermarket. Head of PPS Yngve Solvang and his team are well on their way to making sure that you know all about them and why their products and services should be included in each and every EPC and Aftermarket contract.

Excellent headway is already being made with that challenge. “We are fast moving towards the Condition Performance Monitoring (CPM) service being bundled with our subsea SPS hardware,” says Solvang, pointing out that DataCollector, the first of many CPM modules, was recently implemented to customer satisfaction on the Gjøa field. The CPM service will also be required for future Subsea Processing Systems as the functionality of this equipment is more complex than traditional subsea hardware. “The overall purpose of what we do in PPS is to maximise reservoir recovery and to minimise downtime,“ he explains. PPS supports this by being quite multidisciplined. The department provides unique competence and tools that enable smarter decisions throughout the entire life of a field, thus maximising return on investment for the producing asset.

“The overall purpose of what we do in PPS is to maximise reservoir recovery and to minimise downtime.“ The PPS department was created one year ago at the same time that FMC Aftermarket was established. The unit represents the merging of the Flow Management Systems and the Condition Performance Monitoring System. This was done to increase efficiency and to better facilitate synergies within the rest of the company.

Yngve Solvang


Service / PPS delivers knowledge-based services, which makes it strongly dependent on its people and the utilization of their knowledge. This means that the recruitment and hiring process is critical and one the important factors during this process is education. Currently, 30 per cent of those in the department have a doctoral degree (PhD), and most of the remaining 70 per cent have a master’s degree.

PPS Areas of Focus • Product Development – develops software • Services – works with maintenance and follow up on installed software on approximately 35 fields with 500 wells • Flow Assurance – works across the company to assure the stream of flow and getting rid of bottlenecks

As a company, FMC Technologies has had an increasing strategic focus on services, an objective that matches well with PPS’s overall aim to be our customer’s “subsea eyes”, providing worldclass services and advice. “Today, FMC only hears from the customer when something goes wrong – a “fix-it-when-broken” maintenance strategy, says Solvang. “With PPS services, the customer receives real-time performance data in a life-offield perspective. This allows for proactive maintenance and faster and more targeted product improvement,” explains Solvang. “This service offering gives FMC the competitive advantage that the company needs to maintain our high market share for years to come!” Growth / Oil companies want more and more of what PPS has to offer. In fact, research shows that customers rank flow assurance as their number one technical concern. New technology, the increasing number of more complex fields in environmentally sensitive areas and a general growing interest in analysis are trends that have all contributed to the rising demand for PPS’s services. In response, the unit is geared up for growth, with the search currently on for engineers for all of its focus areas. From a percentage perspective, PPS represents the biggest growth area within Aftermarket. Total revenue is expected to increase

Current Main Projects

fivefold within five years, which corresponds to an annual growth rate of 30 per cent. Today, PPS has more than 60 employees, with Asker, Norway as the main office and additional staff positioned in Singapore and Houston. Via both organic growth and acquisition, PPS anticipates growing to approximately 150 employees in the coming five years. Targeted international hotspots are Singapore – due to the many large Asia-Pacific gas fields that need flow assurance – and Brazil, where there is currently a simulation project.

Some 2 0 11 Highlights... so far • Condition Performance Monitoring (CPM) contract signed with GDF SUEZ NORGE - the first in the history of FMC and in the subsea industry as a whole • Contract signed with Shell for upgrade of the existing Flow Assurance System (FAS) • First DataCollector put in operation at the Gjøa Field • Record-high flow assurance activity level due to many ongoing EPC and PPS projects

• Gjøa field Condition Performance Monitoring (CPM) • Ormen Lange field Flow Assurance System (FAS) upgrade • Kirinskoye field Metering • CuLong Metering • Ongoing DataCollector projects (7)

This high growth rate presents a big challenge. “We need to manage resources, and we need to train these people.” Solvang is confident they will handle the demand. “We have good cooperation with several universities and the Flow Assurance group has started to explore outsourcing opportunities with, for example, FMC in India. Customers / PPS’s largest customer is Statoil – more than 50 per cent of their wells have installed FlowManager™, a real-time multiphase metering and flow analysis system, and a large flow assurance system is installed on the Vega field. FlowManager™ was developed in collaboration with Statoil (Hydro at that time) for the Troll B field in 1992. Today, FlowManager™ monitors the equivalent of 60 per cent of the total Norwegian oil production. But the client list is not limited to Statoil. It also includes Total, Petrobras, Gazprom, PetroCanada, Shell, Dong Energy, Petro Vietam, Dana, Conoco-Phillips, Husky Energy, Burullus Gas and KNOC. /

Full field analyses are applied to optimise field architecture




To Russia with Love The world’s largest transport plane came to Bergen on 9 September to pick up Tie-in equipment for transportation to the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport in Russia, where it will be installed on the Kirinskoye field, the first subsea development in that country.

Regular transportation services to this Russian airport are unique in that they are only available from South Korea. Trond Løwgren, who is in charge of transport, customs and excise operations in Bergen, explains, “A tight timeframe did not allow the 45-90 days needed for ocean transport from Korea. That meant that we had no option but to air lift the tool package, 107 items with a total weight of 60,000 kilos.”

Kneeling front wheels allow easy access via the nose ramp. Here, Warehouse & Base Logistic Manager Erik Birkeland has a close look at two of the plane’s Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofans. Rated at more than 50,000 pounds of thrust each, they are quite powerful.

Large baskets are no problem for this aircraft. These are 4.3 x 4 metres. The airline personnel do not allow any involvement in their work with securing the flight deck.


A happy project team upon completion of loading, which was on schedule thanks to the efforts of the Ă…gotnes CS workshop and, in particular, warehouse, base logistics and material administration personnel.

Agent Norport expertly handles our tools.

Warehouse Technician HĂĽkon Toppe is finally satisfied after the last piece is onboard. After arrival, the equipment will be prepared and tested in Sakhalin prior to mobilising onto various installation vessels. Tie-in operations offshore at the Kirinskoye field will then begin.

After leaving the Bergen airport, the equipment arrived at the airport in Russia on 10 September and was handed over to the customer on schedule.




Growing Up and Out

Excellent LTI Record

Thanks to a dramatic increase in demand for subsea services in the area, FMC Customer Support (CS) in Kristiansund is growing fast and will shortly need additional space. Established in 1998, this strategically located workshop has just become a full-fledged base. Base Manager Arve Stene says, “In 2005 when I took over as Workshop Manager, there was only one building, one workshop and roughly 12-14 employees.” Today, the facilities are spread across two buildings and three workshops. Over the same time period, the staff has more than quadrupled to 52. “We have become so large that we have outgrown our space,” explains Stene, pointing out that they have had to start using containers for temporary office space for eight employees. Many of the employees hired over the past six months have been mechanics and technical engineers. The planning and material administration department has also experienced growth. “Building up local expertise is important – we need to have competency near the fields, near the equipment,” says Stene. “The maintenance is done here, not in Bergen.”

Workshop / Additional workshop capacity is also in the works, with the option of a new building currently being assessed. Typical workshop projects are: offshore mobilisation and demobilisation, mandatory equipment maintenance, general maintenance of tools and equipment and testing of stack ups, XTs and so on. The additional space would be used for riser maintenance, torque machines and wellheads.

Managing rapid growth / The challenge that rapid growth can put on a working environment has not been forgotten here in Kristiansund. Teamwork and good relationships are a priority throughout all departments – between not only employees but also with customers – and are supported by regular meetings, social gatherings and team activities. These tactics seem to be working, as proven by Base manager / The search was recently com- low employee turnover. Stene says, “The people pleted for another very important employee – a base who started in 2001 or 2002 are still here.” / manager. On 1 September, Stene was selected for the position. Together with senior-level employees, he will be part of the local management team.

Thanks to working very consciously with HSE, FMC CS Kristiansund celebrated an unusual and very impressive milestone in 2010 – 10 years without a Lost Time Incident (LTI). A series of systematic steps and procedures, such as HSE rounds in the workshops, Safe Job Analysis (SJA) and the 5S organisation methodology, have been established, resulting in high HSE awareness. Stene says, “HSE isn’t just about keeping the workshop clean – it has just as much, if not more, to do with caring and daring to speak up when you see that something can be improved.” In 2011, there was a minor incident at the workshop. “I expect that to be our last LTI for many more years to come,” says Stene.

The Four Big Projects The work at FMC CS Kristiansund includes four major projects at four different fields off the coast of mid-Norway. All are impacted by extreme natural conditions that put great demands on the technology used in the project.

Ormen Lange At 1,000 metres is Europe’s deepest subsea development.

Åsgard North Sea’s largest subsea development at the time of completion

Tyrihans Uses a next-generation control system containing a new Ethernet function that allows simple connection to equipment and supports data communication and control within the network

Draugen Its seabed pumps (i.e., system integration of Framo pumps) were the world’s first commercial multi-phase pump installation.



Campaign for Engineers

In 2010, a significant expansion of the engineering capacity at FMC Customer Support Eastern Region began, with goals set for 2011. Here, we get an update on how the process is going.

Why so many engineers?

Since the hiring initiative started, 18 additional persons have joined the team. Today the department numbers 32. “We still are aiming to have 50 persons in the department by the end of 2011,” says Yngve Ekerhovd, Manager Operations, Engineering and Supply Department for Customer Support ER. “But the process has been more lengthy than expected,” he adds. This was due to the amount of time it took to establish the principles and organisation model for optimal cooperation between Customer Support, Aftermarket as a whole and the engineering environment in the product groups. “We are really pleased with the progress so far,” Ekerhovd says. “Although we had hoped it would have been less time consuming, we have learned that the time it took to involve the relevant stakeholders within the whole organisation of FMC was very much needed and very beneficial.” Recruitment plan / Both newly graduated as well as experienced engineers are being recruited. The planned mix of these two levels is 60 per cent new graduate and 40 per cent experienced personnel. The positions that have been hired for so far are: • System engineer • Supply and delivery engineer • Product support engineers • Discipline engineers in design and construction To date, these new hires have only been for the Bergen location but an advertising campaign to also recruit Aftermarket engineers in Kongsberg was set

The motivation behind the hiring campaign is both the ongoing need to strengthen the company’s ability to quickly respond to customers’ first line engineering needs and the plans for expansion into new aftermarket segments. FMC also needs to be well positioned in regards to engineering capacity to best take advantage of the future growth of the subsea market as a whole.

in place in June of this year. Ekerhovd says, “We all FMC products in the workshop and training in have many well qualified candidates for the open theory via the FMC CS subsea school. The training position, both from Norway and from abroad.” concludes with an exam for each product area. In addition the new engineers get relevant training in Training / Training of the new personnel is ex- programs such as TCE and SAP. tremely important – all of these new engineers have “Introducing the new employees to the organian introduction plan for their first six months at FMC. sation is also a priority,” explains Ekerhovd. “This Included in this plan is five weeks of product helps them know where to ask for help if needed / training, which is a mix of hands-on training with


kayak trip

A Kayak Trip in Sweden On the weekend of 19-21 August 2011, 11 employees from Production Performance Services (PPS) took a trip from Asker, Norway to the west coast of Sweden to go kayaking. Here is their travelogue.

Friday / The group left the office and travelled for 2.5 hours to Grebbestad, Sweden. Luckily, the rain stopped as soon as they went into their kayaks around 8:00pm. The wind, however, was quite strong, but even those who had not been kayaking before handled it very well. “The evening sunlight gave us a magic feeling as we were paddling,” says Roger Rekdal Hage, Project Manager/Quality Manager, Services at PPS. They set up camp for the first evening at Porsholmen – one of the many islands outside Fjellbacka. “We were quite excited after having everything go so well so far,” says Hage. They cooked a late – but

delicious – meal and, after a few hours, went to the Eskimo roll –the righting of a capsized kayak sleep in the six tents they brought with them. by using body motion and/or a paddle. While flipping over can be fun, it is an important safety Saturday / Waking with the sunrise, the group skill to have for every kayaker. was met with fantastic weather. After a breakfast After another great meal, they relaxed and of coffee and fried eggs with bacon, they relaxed watched the sunset. in the sun for a few hours before packing their gear into the kayaks. Sunday / The trip continued on Sunday and The group paddled south along the picturesque ended in Fjellbacka. “Exactly when we finished coastline and ended up at another sandy beach, loading our kayaks and equipment back into the this time at Gåsø, where they put up their tents. cars, we felt rain drops – the first since we began Just outside the camp, Daniel Gilje Fonnes paddling on Friday. We were really lucky with the demonstrated his kayaking skills by practicing weather!” says Hage. /

Trip Participants: Dag Alfstad, Pavel Barta, Daniel Gilje Fonnes, Stig Grafsrønningen, Roger Rekdal Hage, Bjarte Hægland, Jon-Erik Loberg, Trine Jelstad Olsen, Hans Pande, Kenneth Pettersen and Marit Sagen.


Smooth Sailing


that carried aluminium and cement between New Orleans, USA; Canada; Nigeria; Liberia and Sognefjord in Norway. I worked onboard as a catering assistant and also a little with cleaning of the cement tanks. Some years later during a few summers, I went back to sea again, in a way, when I took tickets on the ferry between Bergen and Os and as a guide on the veteran tourist ship “Granvin”.

When did you finally get to crew on a boat? During my university years, I rented a sailboat in Antibes in southern France with a group of friends. It was really a special experience – I literally had stars in my eyes as I stood at the helm with the Mediterranean night When did you begin to want your sky around me. This gave me an ap- own sailboat? petite for more of a seafarer’s life! I think I always wanted to own my own sailboat! But it was more of an unconscious wish in the beginning – 10 years ago was the first time I started to admit what I wanted to others. That was really the start of a process during which I had to convince myself and overcome quite a few barriers. And, then, about a year ago, I sat down and made a list of all the small steps I would have to take to be able to be ready to own a sailboat – things like taking the boatman’s drivers test (“båtførerprøven”). When I realised nothing on the list was insurmountDid you become a seafarer? able, I joined the Asker sailing club. Yes, I did! When I was 20, I spent six months on a Norwegian bulk ship Was this when you also took the

mile/stones New faces at FMC Aftermarket Norway Customer Support Erlend Alvsåker – Statoil special projects Fredrik Amundsen – Offshore op intervention Alf Erik Bjåstad – Offshore op intervention Paul Devanaboyina – Operational engineering mgt Arne Holter Eiksund – FMC Subsea Center Arne Halland – Offshore op intervention Helge Martin Håvik– Offshore op intervention Karl Johannes Jensen – Offshore op intervention Stig Øyvin Kårtveit – V13/L8 Ågotnes Hege Christin Olsen – Operational engineering mgt Tommy Olsen – Offshore op intervention Ingeborg A. K. Polden – Offshore op intervention Lea Pål – Workshop Stavanger, Surface Miroslaw Sikorski – Poland Trude Solsvik – Operational maintenance Bjarte Andre Steinsland – Offshore op intervention Jarle Stordal – Training Øyvind Winje – Bldg 17 Kristiansund Julian Zec – Engineering & supply mgt

Just this past year, FMC WIS’s Birgitta Fjøsne had the great pleasure of realising the lifelong dream of owning her own sailboat. Now the HR Training Advisor has a new topic of conversation when she meets her colleagues at the coffee machine at the Asker office.

Did you sail when you were growing up? We had a sailboat and that was our family’s favourite thing to do. One of my earliest memories is when I fell off the boat while I was reading a Donald Duck comic. But my brother picked me up so quickly that the book didn’t even get wet! However, even though I spent many a day on our family boat, I was not allowed to sail. My father had old-fashioned views about gender roles and never let me – or my mother and sister –crew. We were only asked to stay out of the way or to move to whichever side of the boat required weight.



Production Performance Services Arnaud Sanchis – Flow Assurance Competence Well Intervention Services Lars André Berge – Project engineering Kristian Danielsen – Supply chain Geórgia Ellefsen – Project engineering Lene Olsen – Administration Håkon Ringstad – Technical service personnel Raymond Weirud – Technical service personnel

Aberdeen FMC coaching course? Yes, that’s right. The course instructor coached us in asking good questions to help others find their way forward. One of the exercises was to share a challenge with the group – and daring to realise my dream of buying a sailboat was what I chose. The reaction from the group gave me the little push that I needed to move forward. How did you find “your” boat? First I selected the right boat type for me, with great help from my brothers. I was so lucky to find the one that became mine in just the second advertisement that I looked at online. An elderly couple that really loved their sailboat were looking for someone who would take good care of it. They decided that was me, and they were even willing to lower the price to fit my budget. It was such a great feeling the first time I put my key in, started the engine, put it in gear and backed out of the mooring space in my own boat. Now that you have your own sailboat, do you sail alone or with a crew? Both! But first, I put in many sailing hours with my brothers and friends that taught me so many important things – small mistakes can have fatal consequences. This July, I set sail and went out for the first time alone! Now, I have a sign-up sheet at the office where anyone can register his or her interest in being crew for an afternoon sailing. /

Customer Support Robert Carr, Project Coordinator Callum Costello, Workshop Apprentice Francean Gray, Materials Coordinator Adam Grozier, Workshop Fitter David Murray, Workshop Fitter Morag Orr, Receptionist Naomi Rhind, Cost Controller Gareth Southwick, Service Technician

Work anniversaries Norway 10 years Arvid Arefjord Kari Anne Engesæth Atle Njåstad Fjeldstad Jon-Anders Haukvik Kristin Moen Hjeldnes Richard Magne Husa Egil Johnson Anne-Marit Kleppestø Trond Erik Løwgren Bjørn Vidar Sandnes Anne Marie Sangolt Sven Arne Simenstad Roy Wærnes 15 years Roar Finnerud Lars Kårbø Bård Johan Magnussen Stein Åge Mjelde John Mæland Kurt Træet 20 years Odd Gynter Olsen Asle Harald Sellstad Sigmund Vesetrud

Aberdeen 15 years David Gillespie Malachy Smylie Craig Spowart 20 years James Henry Stephen Shambrook David Thomson



who i am

when in

who I am

when in... Krakow

What I do / I’m a 3D designer at FMC Technologies, Poland. I prepare animations of subsea operations for internal and external usage. I’m responsible for the visual part of procedures and technical documentation. I very much enjoy my work – it might look like play to some, but I can ensure you that it really helps people understand and see certain things.

My favourite film / Forrest Gump – starring Tom Hanks (my favourite actor). In my opinion, it’s a tale about chasing dreams – If you want something very, very much, you can get it, even if it looks almost impossible. Just don’t lose your faith!

My favourite musicians / I love rock bands – my first love is Faith No More – Mike Patton is a god of vocal! My second love is Tool – they are so mysterious! The third one is Korn – their sound is a crossover between working bulldozer and a roaring wounded lion. Then Skunk Anansie, Down, Soundgarden…ufff, the list is sooo long! Nevertheless, it’s all about rock.

How I like to relax / I really like going to concerts. Sometimes I have to hunt for a ticket, sometimes it means I have to travel hundreds of kilometers to attend one special gig. But it’s worth every effort and every bit of money. The energy that I get from the stage fills me up for next few weeks – that’s relaxing! The person I would most like to have dinner with is… Sandra Bullock – you guys know why… It would be a romantic dinner with candles, and we could not speak at all. I would just stare into those eyes ;)

SHOPPING The majority of the city’s historic area has been turned into a pedestrian zone with golf buggies, rickshaws and horse buggies, and this area is packed with shops of all types. As an alternative, the shopping centre Galeria Krakowska is just a 10-minute walk from the main market square. RESTAURANT & HOTEL Reservations are smart if you want to try the popular Miód Malina Restaurant in the Old Town. With a cozy, rustic décor and a Michelin Guide recommendation, it offers both Polish and Italian cuisine. Also centrally located, the Radisson Blu hotel is a popular choice for both business travelers and tourists.


Issue 3 / 2011

Publisher: FMC Technologies Aftermarket ER P.O.Box 103, 5346 Å gotnes, Norway Phone: +47 5632 3232 Fax: +47 5632 3235 e-mail: Editor in Chief: Andreas Helgesen Ø M E R KE T ILJ M Editorial Content and Art Direction: Say PR & Communications 1 0 Trykksak 7 Editor: Jennifer Varino Graphic Designer: Daniel Barradas Photos: All pictures property of FMC Technologies, unless otherwise stated. Print: Clarks Grafiske 24

The best and worst thing about my job / Best – Being able to work on the best hardware and software, the possibility for self-development, and a lot of time to do things right! Worst – Sometimes it takes sooo loooong to do things right for everyone! My greatest professional and personal achievement / I’m at the beginning of my FMC career now, so I’ll mention something from when I previously worked as an interior architect. There, my greatest achievement was that old customers came back to me again and again. Personally, my biggest achievement is that I manage to follow so many different creative passions. I’m into hand drawing, 2D and 3D computer graphics, photography and playing guitar and drums. I’m also an interior designer and really enjoying DIY stuff – I build interior elements by myself, especially lamps – that makes me sure that this kind of stuff is unique and original.

My biggest inspiration / Music is my biggest inspiration – it has accompanied me since I was young. As they say, “musica animae levamen” – music is medicine for our souls. My earliest memory / My first abroad holidays with my family. We went to Split on the Mediterranean coast in Croatia. Everything was so beautiful there – high mountains falling straight into the sea, sea as blue as you can imagine and the most important thing for a kid – the best ice cream ever – mmm, delicious ☺ The worst job I’ve ever had/done / I was a catering delivery guy for some time – rush hours, heat, dust and sweat – and no tips! It was really pathetic. My most cherished possession / That would be my photographs – they are like a diary without the need to write. And also my brand new electronic drum set – Roland TD-4KX – If you’ve got a lot of free energy, you should try it My favourite book / I’m not really into books, but recently I got a huge anthology about an old Polish rock band called KULT – I think it will take a year to go through it


Dariusz Wlodarczyk

The culture capital of Poland, Krakow lies in the very middle of continental Europe and is the country’s second largest city and an important economic centre. Situated on the Vistula River, it dates back to the 7th century and features a spectacularly preserved town centre, which is laid out on a grid around its large and lively main market square. MUST SEE Visitors to the local FMC office will find themselves just a few kilometres away from Krakow’s main attractions. Rynek Glowny, the city’s enormous medieval main market square, is filled to overflowing with an abundance of landmarks, restaurants, clubs and cafes. Krakow’s other main point of reference, Wawel Hill, is home to the city’s palace and Gothic cathedral. A bit further away on the outskirts of the city is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a unique attraction that includes dozens of statues and an entire chapel carved out of the rock salt by miners. Both the mine and the historic centre are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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