Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Projects have numerous activities that need to be planned and scheduled properly so that they may be completed on time. Planning identifies what activities are required whilst scheduling determines the sequence of these activities. Planners and Schedulers manage work priorities, schedules, work orders and plan revisions once there are design changes, unavailability of materials or services and other project disruptions. They typically use project controls and project management software to manage these functions.