Over the last decade, worldwide shale production has expanded, producing more than 40 billion cubic feet of dry shale gas per day, according to research from BP. The search for clean alternatives to coal has pushed demand for gas across the globe. Established shale producers may soon need to scale up in order to meet the demands of this growing market.
In order to ensure their place in this growing market, shale providers should consider the following industry problems and solutions:
1. Equipment and technology demands.
By developing advanced drilling technology and techniques small energy companies that wish to take advantage of the healthy shale market and scale up their workflows must pursue similar strategies. Tracking the cost and productivity of old and existing equipment can help companies make informed decisions about what should be upgraded, and when. When it comes to meeting customer expectation, equipment management is paramount, and centralized control of maintenance schedules and downtime tracking ensures that providers will meet production obligations and avoid costly downtime due to equipment failures.
2. Supply chain and vendor management.
Shale industry supply chains differ from those associated with more traditional energy products. Upstream workflow components center on complex infrastructure and require wide degrees of support, including specialized waste management and transportation services. The average shale pad contains more than 20 moving operational parts, all of which must operate together.
Configuring supply chains of this magnitude is no easy task. Constructing processes on an as-needed basis can institutionalize inefficiencies and cause problems down the road. Communications solutions that push for point of contact cooperation with vendors and suppliers go a long way to developing effective processes that foresee future growth, and management resources that build upon vendor feedback capitalize on provider expertise and promote mutually beneficial relationships.
3. Workforce training.
Specialists from a variety of industries must collaborate to get shale extraction sites up and running. From the construction teams to drill operators, these workflows are critical to operations. Companies ramping up their shale operations need to cultivate and expand their talent pools to meet the needs of this industry niche.
In the current employment market, upskilling existing talent maybe the only workable solution. Oil and gas organizations can divert workers from verticals with declining prospects and retrain them for work in shale production teams. This move allows energy firms to boost their shale output without investing immense amounts in hiring and recruitment. Internal solutions that standardize training procedures and ensure constant upkeep of current training demands can weaponize a company’s current employee pool to meet the market and consumer demands.
Together, these strategies can help businesses in the oil and gas industry take advantage of the continued acceleration and intensification of the shale gas revolution. To find out how Accupoint Software can help maximize your company’s growth potential, please contact us today.
Regardless of the industry you work in, calibration is one of those things you simply cannot overlook. Inspection equipment needs to function reliably and accurately. Calibration ensures consistency and is a requirement of quality management standards across the globe. In this week’s blog will examine four key steps to ensure that your organization is ready for your next audit.
The Calibration process does not have to be time consuming. With the right systems in place, you will be prepared for any audit, as well as have the peace of mind that comes with protecting yourself from liability. For more information on how Accupoint Software can help simplify the calibration process, contact us today.
The foundation of a profitable petroleum company is sound training management. This is best achieved through a customized training management program and continuing education for managers. Effective training management programs should cover quality assurance, workplace safety, risk assessment, and the importance of ongoing education.
Key Areas of Focus to Cover for Training Management
Designers of training management programs for companies in the petroleum industry realize that trainers are often solely responsible for ensuring that all company employees are effectively trained in the following areas:
Accordingly, training management programs should be comprehensive in design to help managers achieve excellence in these areas. Managers, in turn, can use newly acquired information and skills to provide training to their staff. The end result is more competent employees and a higher level of customer satisfaction.
Critical Platform Design Components
Not all training management participants possess the same degree of experience and learning speed. Additionally, compliance training material can be dry, making it difficult to stimulate the interest of employees. Accordingly, an effective training management program should be flexible and should engage trainees. Effective platforms are typically marked by the following features:
The Importance of Ongoing Education for Training Managers
The fields of medicine and law are notorious for emphasizing the importance of continuing education and training. Other industries, including the petroleum industry, have not kept pace in this area. This provides a significant opportunity for improvement, especially since training managers are often responsible for training senior sales staff and entry-level personnel. Participation in ongoing training will help your company gain an edge in the petroleum industry by arming your managers with the latest knowledge and tools to maximize profits.
Choosing the Best Training Management Solution
Selecting a training management solution that meets or exceeds all of the qualities outlined above can be challenging. Since 2007, Accupoint Software has been a global provider of management solutions that help companies streamline their training management and improve their efficiency.
Please contact us to find out how we can help you increase your company's profitability by enhancing your training management. We are delighted to provide you with a free demonstration of our innovative training management solutions and will answer any questions that you may have about our tools for success. We look forward to hearing from you!
Business success and operational excellence rely on many things. Realistic and far-reaching company goals and the right business systems are key ingredients for this success. But at a more basic level, success is traced to one corporate asset: people.
The competency and dedication of an organization’s personnel are the biggest reasons for its success or failure, which is why the API Spec Q2 standard addresses the training and competency of personnel from the start. Training & competency is an important part of every successful organization’s mission, and the Q2 spec formalizes the development process. Documenting skill assessments and tracking training milestones ensures that a competent workforce remains focused on the quality of their actions and outcomes.
It makes sense; a well-trained employee will assess risk in a systematic and logical manner. This activity carries on through the service and process design review, and into contingency planning, where competency is critical for proper prevention, mitigation, and communication during an unplanned event.
The Q2 spec also requires tight controls on the supply chain and service quality planning functions. Trained personnel need to be competent in assessing suppliers, developing methods for qualification, controlling subcontractors, and documenting plans. The Q2 spec clearly defines requirements for quality management in these subjects for personnel to follow, as well as for preventive maintenance, change management, and other areas.
Success in these areas still comes down to one thing - people - personnel who know their functions, and understand their process. Accupoint’s SAM Q2 platform can help streamline all of the API Spec Q2 requirements, starting with training & competency. To learn more, please contact us.
Training increases the knowledge base of employees, increasing performance and positively impacting the bottom line. However, training is becoming very complex with the growth in technology and learning styles. Understanding the needs of your business and employees is crucial in having effective training.
To that end, we have listed 4 best practices to help improve your training process:
For more information on how Acupoint can help your organization meet the needs of API Spec Q2’s Training and Competency requirements, give us a call at 800.563.6250 or click here for more information.