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David Howells

David moved into freelance writing after specialising in music journalism. He now enjoys tackling a wide variety of subjects.

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How to measure ROI from project management training (News)

24-02-2014

Training can be a valuable way of not just getting a workforce up to speed, but also making them feel as though their employers are really investing in their development. As such, it can make for a happy, productive and switched-on workforce that is well-equipped to complete any task set of it. Despite all this, training is something which many business owners approach with suspicion. After all, many of the benefits sound good on paper,...

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How to become PMI certified (News)

25-11-2013

There are countless reasons just why it's wise for project managers to be PMI certified. Among them is, quite simply, the fact that one fifth of the world's entire GDP is spent on projects. This equates to more than $12 trillion (£7.5 trillion) every year. Looking at it in a more localised fashion, the 2012 PMI Pulse of the Profession report found that organisations where more than 35 per cent of staff members are PMI certified are...

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Aberdeen welcomes the ECITB Conference (Blog)

04-10-2013

This year's ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Conference saw representatives from the oil and gas industries take over the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre for one day of presentations and workshops. The event, which is aimed at bridging the knowledge gap between technical engineers and those with project management skills, was this year tasked with challenging the "critical behaviours and non-technical competencies demanded in delivering North Sea projects today." As such, the event was given the...

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Who benefits from blue sky 'pipe dream' projects that never happen? (Blog)

20-09-2013

People have long had a fascination with so-called 'pipe dreams'. Back from the dawn of engineering, through to 'Tomorrow's World', sci-fi movies and all the rapid expansion going on in the world of technology, there has been plenty to fire up the imagination. With it we have had hover boards, time-travelling cars, light-speed trans-Atlantic travel and even a widely-believed spaghetti tree spoof. It's understandable why these projects attract so much attention: they are believable, almost tangible and could revolutionise...

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Strong earthquakes can prompt tremors at fracking sites (News)

12-07-2013

Large earthquakes taking place around the world could then trigger smaller shocks at US gas fracking sites, researchers have warned. A new study conducted by researchers from America's Columbia University discovered that earthquakes as far away as Japan could impact US sites where wastewater from gas drilling is injected back into the sea bed, spectrum.ieee.org reports. The basis of the study was a 4.5-magnitude earthquake which hit western Texas in 2011. Despite occurring six months after the catastrophic...

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How the oil and gas industry will benefit from NASA partnership (Blog)

05-07-2013

Oil and gas companies around the world have found themselves to be benefactors of friends in very high places, with US space agency NASA announcing it is to help with the provision of advanced risk-management services. NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is certainly best known for its work winning the space race and sending man to the moon, not to mention a whole host of other stratospheric ventures. Now, following a scaling-back of its space operations,...

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Skills gap in oil and gas industry a "genuine" worry (News)

04-06-2013

The HR director of Subsea 7 has lamented the skills shortage currently present in the oil and gas industry, brookson.co.uk reports. Steve Harvey has warned that continuing in the current vein is a "genuine" worry and that North Sea oil and gas could suffer as a result. He noted that such a gap has long been established, but is now reaching a "tipping point" that could cause real damage to the industry. To combat the issue,...

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