TRAC Oil & Gas joins lead industry forum HOIS

Adding to our extensive list of approvals and memberships, TRAC has recently become a member of HOIS. Managed by ESR Technology, HOIS is the prime industry forum for discussing inspection issues and utilising improved inspection technology for applications in oil and gas, members also include major multi-national oil and gas companies, key NDT equipment suppliers and national regularity authorities. TRAC shares HOIS’ goals of achieving more reliable and cost effective non-destructive testing techniques in the oil and industry and hence improving operational safety. Danny Hawthorn, Managing Director of TRAC comments:
“TRAC have successfully designed, developed and implemented a number of unique solutions for NDT inspection on applications which were never before successfully attempted.
Joining a forum such as HOIS strengthens our commitment to innovation and our willingness to enter into discussions and share knowledge & improved practice within the industry and our key customers”. For more information on HOIS visit:

New Appointments at TRAC Oil & Gas

TRAC appoints Paul Stephen as Operations Manager & Tommy Van Huuksloot as Shutdown Co-ordinator

Tommy Van Huuksloot started with TRAC as Shutdown Coordinator in June to assist with an upcoming shutdown project. ‘Shutdowns’ typically involve large numbers and rotations of personnel and require strong management, capability and planning skills. Adding to the TRAC team, Tommy was formerly with Cape and MB Inspection as Rope Access Manager. Following a recent restructure Paul Stephen has now been appointed as Operations Manager for TRAC. A Project Engineer and Manager with us since 2004 and a field operative prior to that, Paul brings an encouraging mix of field experience and strong management and leadership skills to this newly appointed role. Paul is now responsible for overseeing TRAC’s service offering and maintaining our core values of Service, Safety, Quality and Innovation for our clients.

Flange Face Corrosion

Practical flange face and corrosion mapping Inspection demonstration

Due to an industry shortfall TRAC held a demonstration of the latest phased array technology for the inspection of in-service flange faces on process pipe work. Flange face inspection is a current industry ‘hot’ topic due to the number of associated failures occurring in this area. Phased Array technology provides a reliable and robust inspection method for this application, allowing better accuracy, repeatability, permanent records and time savings over conventional UT methods. Our customers were invited to view the demonstration and get ‘hands-on’ with the Omniscan Phased Array equipment supplied by Olympus NDT. Stuart Ley, TRAC’s Inspection Manager explained:
“The method of non-intrusive inspection addresses a major industry shortfall. We have developed processes and invested in our staff and equipment to deliver a robust flange face corrosion solution for our customers.”

TRAC safety performance exceeds expectation

TRAC Oil & Gas achieve ZERO accidents or incidents in the first 4 months of 2010

Safety Record – 2010 After achieving an excellent safety record in 2009, our team has continued this success into 2010. During the first 4 months of 2010, we have not only maintained our ZERO LTI record, but have recorded ZERO accidents or incidents of any kind throughout all on and offshore operations. Safety Campaign In 2009, TRAC launched the ‘Think Safety…!’ Safety Campaign, a series of monthly safety presentations covering both pro-active and re-active safety topics, which are delivered to all staff and customers in all locations. TRAC Managing Director Daniel Hawthorn commented:
“We are very pleased with the progress of our ‘Think Safety…!’ campaign and our success in achieving zero incidents to date in 2010 is excellent. Indeed, our last accident, a minor first aid case, was back in July 2009 so we are almost at 1 year accident-free. We are determined to achieve the highest standards of safety, and remain committed to combating complacency and focusing on continual improvement in this area.”

We Have Moved

From 29th March 2010 our Aberdeen operations moved premises. Our new address from this date is: TRAC Thistle Road Dyce Aberdeen AB21 0NN Tel: +44(0)1224 725800 Fax: +44(0)1224 725801 As part of the company’s overall growth and development plans, we will be relocating from our existing facilities at Kirkhill Industrial Estate to a larger facility close to Aberdeen International Airport and the Bristow & Scotia Heliports. The 8,000 sq. ft facility is based at Thistle Road on a stand-alone site, which will provide a positive and comfortable working environment for our staff with larger office accommodation, easy car parking and the capacity for continued growth. This will allow us to continue to provide the highest standard of service to our customers and we aim to complete the relocation with as little disruption as possible. Our telephone, fax numbers and email addresses will remain the same, however please update our postal address. We look forward to working with you all from our new office throughout 2010 and beyond …

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