Latest News from TRAC Oil & Gas


Successful Protective Coatings Lunch & Learn Event

TRAC worked with one of our suppliers, Sherwin Williams, to deliver a Protective Coatings lunch & learn on 30th July 2014

TRAC builds positive working relationships with all its clients and suppliers and has worked with Sherwin Williams (formerly Leigh’s paints) for many years.  TRAC and Sherwin Williams have a strong commitment to innovation in their respective fields.  This was recognised recently when both companies were shortlisted in the EIC Award for supply chain excellence, albeit for different innovations. protective_coatings_presentation The lunch and learn included practical demonstrations and covered some of the latest innovative developments in Protective Coatings & Fabric Maintenance:
  • CUI protection solutions (Heat-Flex Hi-Temp 1200)
  • Optically Activated Pigments (Opti-Check®) and Epoxy linings with return to service in as little as 24 hours (Fast Clad® ER)
  • Non-isocyanate Topcoats which achieve full coverage in a single coat application (Acrolon 1850)
protective_coatings_demo Paul Stephen, TRAC Oil & Gas Operations Manager said
“We had a really positive reception from clients attending this event, the programme ran twice through the day to accommodate demand.  We would like to thank our clients for attending and Sherwin Williams for delivering the presentations.  A practical demonstration proved the capabilities of the protective coating products and the quality of service TRAC offers when providing Fabric Maintenance campaigns.”
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Announcement of Shortlisting for Supply Chain Excellence Award

Receiving a shortlisting for the EIC Award for Supply Chain Excellence, TRAC has displayed a commitment to innovation and supply chain performance

rov_services_eic_award TRAC has been shortlisted by an independent judging panel of industry experts for the prestigious EIC Award for Supply Chain Excellence, entries were said to be of an exceptionally high standard, with the awards ceremony to be held in the national museum of Natural History in London.  The shortlisting emphasises TRACs excellent capabilities providing superior supply chain service performance, with a relentless focus on delivery, utilising the innovative technology of  mini-Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Recent investment in a fleet of mini-ROVs represents innovative use of innovative technology.  This allowed TRAC to achieve an industry first when a workscope to gain a full vessel class certification (including use of ultrasonic thickness measurement gauge) was engineered by TRACs qualified Project Managers and carried out on an FPSO by ROV Pilots and NDT inspectors.  Detailed defect reports could then be produced, complete with a visual record to assist in continuous monitoring. rov_services_eic_award Mini-ROVs offer a safe, efficient, flexible and versatile means of visual inspection for a variety of workscopes including water ballast tanks, shell plating checks and mooring chain checks, reducing risk and providing a cost effective solution.  There are also applications in the inshore industries and aquaculture.

TRAC Oil & Gas Operations Director, Gordon Cook, commented

“We are very pleased to be shortlisted for this award, TRAC is currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary year and this latest innovation contributes to the company’s continued success.  We would like to thank our staff who were involved in the nomination process and those who engineer and carry out the workscopes.  I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other companies shortlisted and wish them the best in the next stage of judging.”

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Appointment of New Technical Manager

Bill Brown joins TRAC

TRAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Brown as Technical Manager.
A Chartered Engineer with PCN & CSWIP Level 3 certification, Bill has over forty years experience in the Rope Access & NDT industry.Bill holds a first class honours degree in NDT from the University of Northampton. Over the past twenty years, Bill has held senior management positions within the Rope Access / NDT contracting and NDT / Inspection training businesses. Bill joins TRAC Oil & Gas’ Senior Management Team to contribute to the current high standards of inspection and testing service provision. The development of formal in-service Inspection / NDT techniques together with relevant formal personnel competence levels, technical procedure writing and process evaluation are very much in keeping with the TRAC philosophy. Bill has always been a very active Member of the British Institute of NDT. Recently elected to Council and as a member of the General Technical Committee of the Institute, he has made a significant contribution to the development of training and certification of personnel within the industry. Originally for many years with the Scottish Branch in Glasgow, in the early eighties, he initiated the North East Scotland Branch in Aberdeen and, as Hon. Branch Secretary, contributes to the organisation of the many technical and social events of the Branch. TRAC looks forward to the development and expansion of their global capability that this appointment brings to the company.

Inspection Capabilities Bolstered

New inspection appointments and investment in equipment add to global growth aspirations

As TRAC embarks on the next stage of our strategic  business plan, we recognise the need to further prepare for our continued growth, aiming to become the market leading global provider. International growth continues following the opening of our Australian operational office in 2012. We are on schedule, despite the World Cup activities, to open our business in Brasil later this year. New premises are under construction in Macae, a prime location at the centre of the Brasilian offshore oil & gas industry. Further, we fully recognise the importance of employing local personnel as key to our success in this region. NEW APPOINTMENTS To support the continued growth of the company TRAC has recently employed new staff in key positions. We are delighted to soon welcome Bill Brown as Technical Manager. Bill has more than 30 years experience providing the highest level of inspection and testing services to the industry. A Chartered Engineer with PCN Level 3 qualifications and holding a 1st class honours degree in NDT, Bill will assure personnel competence and provide TRAC with vast technical expertise to strengthen our global capabilities. TRAC is also pleased to announce that Richard Allison has been appointed to develop our ROV services. Richard is an experienced offshore ROV pilot and brings his extensive experience working in oil & gas, aquaculture and other offshore & inshore industry sectors. INNOVATION & RESOURCES TRAC continues to identify and invest in new technologies to assist in service provision and bolster the already established inspection capabilities. As part of a commitment to innovation, TRAC provides the most up-to-date equipment and has invested in a range of mini ROVs for quick and effective visual inspection of tanks and subsea items. There is also the intention to develop business in various other industries, including aquaculture. Overall, TRAC has developed internal capability to carry out more specialised services, including Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD), Phased Array (PAUT), Close Proximity Radiography and mini-ROV inspection and continues to search for innovative solutions. inspection_capabilties_rov_innovation_trac


Gordon Cook, TRAC Operations Director comments
“This year TRAC has seen success across all business sectors, April 2014 was our busiest trading month in 15 years of service provision, and we continue to maintain our renowned excellent safety and delivery levels. Thank you to all our valued Customers, Suppliers and Staff for helping us achieve this level of success.”

Tough Mudder 2014

tough_mudder Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit. Tough Mudder is probably the Toughest Event on the Planet. Probably… On the 14th of June 2014, the TRAC team braved the 11.7 mile obstacle course in the countryside of Dalkeith (Edinburgh). The team would like to express a huge thanks to all those who contributed to the total of £696.43, raised for the Help For Heroes charity.  The team completed the course utilising the teamwork value TRAC prides itself on and with great resilience everyone bested the Tough Mudder gauntlet… Bring on next year! The TRAC Team was : Ali Hardy, Allan Robertson, Andy Higgins, Billy Noble, Emma Young, Lauren Stammers, Jack Bruce, John Sim. Tough_Mudder Tough_Mudder

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