Maersk Oil has become the first to adopt an exclusively electronic competence system.
Developed by Atlas Knowledge, the Competence Assurance Management System (CAMS) is an online assessment and training system that will allow Maersk to track employees’ knowledge and minimise risk in the oil and gas sector.
By using the system, the company can build a background on each employee’s level of competence based on three criteria: knowledge, skills and practice. All of the documentation gathered can also be centralised in one secure place and accessed through the cloud, so that staff in different locations across the world can utilise it.
Atlas has signed a three-year contract, worth a six-figure sum, after a successful pilot in Qatar in 2014. It will see the CAMS technology rolled out across the UK, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
The system has been described as “fully bespoke,” and the project has seen Atlas Knowledge work in partnership with Maersk Oil to develop the programme which mirrors the specific job descriptions and responsibilities of frontline operational positions.
Commercial director at Atlas Knowledge Kevin Short said: “Efficient systems are a priority for oil and gas companies, especially when costs are high and budgets are tight. This contract gives a clear indication of the desire within the industry for a better way of tracking competence and raising the bar on safety across the workforce.”
Development of the CAMS technology was based on feedback from a cross-industry advisory group incorporating operators including Maersk Oil, industry bodies and representation from across the supply chain.
Mr Short added: “The barriers to effective competence management were identified as outdated, inflexible and labour-intensive paper-based systems which are laborious to maintain and impossible to move around in the same way the international oil and gas workforce does.
“The industry wanted all data surrounding employees, from training requirements to monitoring staff performance, to be tracked and optimised in a simple and flexible way while at the same time cutting down on administration, travel time, and the time and effort spent by candidates submitting evidence. This is what CAMS delivers.”