Career path of one of our Cost Engineering's colleagues

Meet our colleague Richard van Tricht, who once started his career at Cost Engineering in '96 and pursued his career at Shell for the past 15 years. Now he's back as Business Strategy & Alliances Manager!

Meet Richard van Tricht, our Business Strategy & Alliances Manager!

Who are you?

My name is Richard van Tricht, and I’ve been working in Shell and NAM for the last 15 years. Before that, I worked at Cost Engineering Consultancy for five years.

When did you start working at Cost Engineering?

I had the privilege to start in the company when it was founded. This was a really great experience, because we started in Baarn with almost nothing. The founders Chris and Ko had been awarded a very special project at Nerefco premises in the Europoort, for a crude distillation unit.  It was a complete restoration of a revamp, which I was working on as well. It was a very nice opportunity to broaden my experience in the oil and gas business.

How did you develop yourself during your time at Cost Engineering?

At this phase, Chris and Ko really helped me to develop not only my career, but also my education. I went to the Cost Engineering course from the DACE (the Dutch Associates of Cost Engineers) together with Raymond Hagedoorn and Paul Bakker. It was a nice experience to become a certified Cost Engineer. At the moment, I am still liaised to the DACE as the chairman of the exam committee.

What did you value the most about working at Cost Engineering?

I always liked the company because it looked like a small family at that time (and still). Everyone in the company was really enthusiastic about Cost Engineering and the whole software around it. They really want to build a new standard for the industry.

Did you stay in contact with people from Cost Engineering after you left?

Looking back to the past 25 years, we kept working together, and also we spend a lot of time changing out knowledge, data, contracts, types of strategies, and also people. A lot of people that worked for Cost Engineering also worked in my teams in Shell, which is how we grew the business further. We always stayed connected.


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