This paper describes the technical and legal problems have had in the design and construction of several projects in the oil and gas industry in Mexico and propose a methodology in order to avoid that.

Traditionally the people in charge of the projects have been people with a lot of experience in different areas of the company but the knowledge in legal and technical aspects of the projects is limited. These last two aspects are the key in the solution of the common problems.

The proposed methodology is based on the experience through 18 years in the design and construction of several oil and gas installations and it is complemented with the analysis of legal and technical regulations.

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