The fundamental of PC are always same no matter which industry you belongs to. The only difference would be the process and deliverables which you need to understand if you want to venture into new area. Unless you know these, you cant build accurate & realistic schedules and knowhow of it is MUST. Hope this helps.. I;d be glad if there is more to it..
No worries. Well, atleast I am not aware of any such site where you can understand these aspects. Id surprised if these are taught somewhere. One of the way could be you try and read O&G schedules however getting that also would be an issue.. However, if you can lay your hands then that will be great to start with. Another option would be get into O&G environment and make a start at beginners level however i am not sure if that suits in your case..
In the meantime, check with moderators of this site if they can publish certain schedules for ppl like you.. Alternatively, lets see what other users have to say on this aspect.. Even I am curious to know if there is anything more to it.
I have worked in both O&G and Railway.
To my mind the basics are very similar. We have project phases such as Design/Procurement/Construction (Installation et al)/Test & Commissioning/Hand Over & Warranty. It is largely the same process. Naturally there is structural engineering in both industries. Comms, HVAC, much more piping installation in O&G and Civils in Railway. Both have specialist areas such as Permanent Way in Railway. Not too much difference in that they both have Quality and Safety case input, although maybe called different names.
The planning process is the same, the philosophy. The main differences are the constraints, for example access to the railway in order to carry out work (Rules of the Route/Track Possessions/isolations) whereas the commercial constraints of missing First Oil on a platform construction are HUGE, and have no rail equivalent.
Often rail projects span geographical area, from a to B, but then so do pipeline projects in O&G.
I would say that experience as a planner is more important than experience of the industry. Planners or not engineers, they are managers. They dont need to know how to d ostuff, just how to manage it.
Agree with AMR however its not that straight as it sounds to be but not that difficult as well. Procurement and construction (to some extent) may be manageble even if you belongs to other industry however engineering & commissioning would be tricky bit. For instance, we need to be aware of terms/sequence of key deliverables like P&IDs, H&M balance diagrams etc during engineering and when it comes to commissioning, its mostly done by systems and that is where there is a bit of dissimalirty which PC needs to overcome.
Having said above, it all depends upon the individual how quickly he/she picks up different processes. On the side note, i have noticed recruiter/employers are very much hesitant in accepting PCs from different industry which i think needs to be changed for development of cross functional skills.