. . stupid ideas are the best’
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.