Last month, Jamie Armitage, Site Operating Manager at our Cassel site in the UK, was one of 76 speakers at this year’s Petrochemical & Refining Congress (PRC) in Budapest, Hungary.

Jamie attended with safety software specialists and the event’s Principal Sponsor, RAP International, joining over 200 other companies from 30 countries.

Pictured: Jamie Armitage delivers a talk at PRC Europe 2019.

Describing the background to attending the event, he says:

“Our Cassel site has been working with RAP International since 2006. They provide the electronic work control system which both at Cassel and our Newton Aycliffe site. Personally, I have been working with RAP since I took responsibility for Safe Control of Work at Cassel in 2012.

“We work together to improve how we utilise the system, ensuring we have the right controls in place for any work we do and helping us work more efficiently in this area. Because the team at Cassel have worked with RAP for such a long period, I was asked to give my input on the Safe Control of Work system we use on site.”

Pictured: Jamie Armitage [second from right] with the RAP International team.

What were the key messages delivered?

The key messages I gave were around how we use the data stored within the RAP system to get information on how we work and how we used this knowledge to best prepare ourselves for the Cassel site’s major overhaul in 2018.

“This helped us in a few ways. We could predict with accuracy how many permits we’d need to issue and therefore the resource needed to facilitate this. This helped us understand the level of people development we needed to carry out within our team. Then, during the overhaul, we could track progress each day and take action to address any issues where needed.”

“Elsewhere at PRC Europe 2019, there were lots of presentations and conversations about digitisation and some insight into using data to deliver business improvement.”

Mark Carter, Managing Director at RAP International, commented:

“Jamie’s talk was very well received. In fact, several people said they would give it top rating in the feedback. I think they were especially pleased to hear a real-life story of how maintenance costs can be reduced whilst increasing safety standards”.

Regina Chislova, Project Director at organising company BGS Group, added:

“It was a great pleasure for us to welcome you to the Congress. We believe that these two days were productive and highly informative for everyone.”