TRAC exhibited once again at Aberdeen’s Offshore Europe exhibition in September 2011. The event was the largest to date with 1,400 exhibitors attracting 90,000 visitors to Europe’s Oil capital over it’s three day duration. TRAC was able to show off their latest maintenance and inspection offerings including Phased Array technology, Flexible Riser inspection solutions, and Class Approved ROV inspection, alongside a strong focus on our core services and capability. Existing customers, suppliers and staff enjoyed the hospitality laid on and many new relationships were founded both locally and from around the world with potential opportunities arising in UAE, Australasia, South Africa and the America’s. To cap off a very successful exhibition, TRAC Managing Director Daniel Hawthorn, presented a paper on global development on behalf of UK Trade and Investment to a large group of SME delegates, detailing the opportunities and challenges faced by growth focused companies.
TRAC’s efforts in assuring the competence of our NDT technicians involved in the inspection of in-service components, has recently received global recognition by a major international operator. In-service inspection is a key element in continued safe plant operation for onshore and offshore operators, and is the core function of the majority of NDT technicians involved in the oil and gas industry. The ability to ensure that any defects are initially identified, and then correctly categorised, sized and reported is crucial to the overall asset integrity assurance process. Over the years, it has been widely recognised that there was a gap in the skill-set of NDT personnel, in that existing certification schemes tended to focus on use of equipment and the identification of defects in newly fabricated components. They did not equip personnel to identify the corrosion and erosion type defects commonly found in in service process systems. In 2009, TRAC worked closely with The Welding Institute to establish a company based Corrosion Awareness training scheme that built on existing certification to ensure that all our ultrasonic technicians are capable of accurately locating and identifying in-service defects. TRAC has established this as a baseline in competence for all technicians and the scheme, which has been formally accredited within the CSWIP system, is fast becoming an industry recognised standard. More recently one of TRAC’s key customers, a major international operator, who has been formally monitoring the competence of NDT suppliers throughout their global operations, produced a report which clearly demonstrated the success of this scheme, placing the North Sea and UK operations (where TRAC are the key supplier) at the top of their competence league table. Stuart Ley, TRAC’s inspection manager said:
“We have worked very hard and invested heavily over the last few years to establish this new corrosion awareness training scheme, and we continue to promote it as our minimum standard in supplying qualified and competent inspectors for our customers. To get this kind of feedback and recognition really highlights the efforts of the team at TRAC and should give our customers great confidence in our ability to accurately locate and identify any defects”.
After successful assessment, TRAC Oil & Gas achieves the Investors In People standard TRAC is delighted to announce that we have achieved the Investors In People standard in April of 2011. ‘Investors in People’ is a UK recognised business improvement framework that focuses on a company’s most important asset it’s people and their development. The framework has been developed by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills and Scottish Enterprise over the last two decades, drawing from some of the world’s most successful organisations and giving users access to world class best practice. In line with TRAC ’s ongoing growth & development plans and recognising the importance of our people in achieving these, we have invested heavily in providing clear opportunities for career, skills and personal development. Having established a growth framework, it was decided that the Investors In People award would reinforce TRAC’s commitment to staff and recognise their achievements in delivering to customers. Acknowledging this, Daniel Hawthorn, Managing Director of TRAC said:
“Gaining the Investors People standard is great news for TRAC. We aim to be the best at what we do and really deliver for our customers, and our people are fundamental to the success of this. We’ve got a great team here at TRAC, both positive and successful, and gaining this award is a reflection of this. I look forward to being part of the team over the coming years”
TRAC has recently qualified on the Norwegian and Danish JQS supply-chain management system After a successful pre-qualification process TRAC has now joined ‘Achilles JQS’ (Joint Qualification System) the Norwegian and Danish supply chain management service part of the Achilles Group. TRAC is also a member of another Achilles supplier management system: FPAL; the UKCS supply-chain management tool. Already active in Norway and Denmark, TRAC will now automatically prequalify as a supplier for Energinet, Dong Energy, Noreco, Hess, StatoilHydro and Shell as well as a number of other oil and gas companies and operators. Having already experienced the benefits of subscribing to an Achilles supply-chain management web-based tool such as FPAL, TRAC Managing Director, Daniel Hawthorn remarks on Achilles JQS: “As well as allowing us to connect with potential buyers; Achilles JQS is another valuable management tool of supplier information for building and supporting buyer/supplier relations in our industry sector. TRAC is delighted to be one of the companies collaborating with others to reduce supply-chain risk and to make our business practices and performance more visible to a network of potential and existing clients in the Norwegian and Danish Sectors.”