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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - ENERGY -

ing place, in real life, face-to-face be­tween col­leagues – prob­lem solv­ing in ac­tion.

“It’s paid off, we’ve got more in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the teams now. And peo­ple are work­ing to­gether bet­ter.”

The pay-off amounts to an es­ti­mated 20% growth in the com­pany by the end of this year.

And the bonus is that the firm has re­tained the tech­nol­ogy it needs to keep cus­tomers on the cut­ting edge.

Hunter said: “We see the fu­ture is more in­tel­li­gent and on more de­vices.

“We are al­ready re­search­ing into au­ton­o­mous de­vices that do not need the user at the sur­face or back at the con­trol room to do things.

“There is a lot of talk from the oil com­pa­nies about know­ing more about your reser­voir and hav­ing more con­trol of it. I can pick up my phone and see what is hap­pen­ing with wells in Aus­tralia now.

“With our wire­less tech­nol­ogy, which is pres­sure tem­per­a­ture gauge or down­hole con­trol, be­fore the end of the year we will be able to pick up a phone and see what the data from that is.”

He added: “R&D is hard. Any­one that says it is not, is not play­ing about with any­thing too in­no­va­tive. But when you turn a cor­ner it’s great.

“You spend a year chas­ing the prob­lem round. When you fix it in one place it moves to another. Then even­tu­ally it just all slots into place.”

So if you see Hunter, in his din­ner jacket at an awards bash, he might just be check­ing his phone to see what’s hap­pen­ing on the other side of the world.

And it is an iPhone by the way. Steve Jobs would be pleased.

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