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Joe Elvin

Joe, a freelance writer, tackles a variety of topics. When he's not doing that, you may find him catching up on his favourite TV programmes.

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North Sea still has "billions of pounds" worth of oil and gas (News)

11-10-2013

There is still billions of pounds worth of oil and gas available in the North Sea, according to the Scottish National Party (SNP).  SNP members have challenged former UK chancellor Alistair Darling to withdraw his comments suggesting that this wasn't the case.       In an interview with snp.org, SNP minister Kenneth Gibson pointed out a number of errors in Darling's observations.  He said: "Alistair Darling's interview was a catalogue of errors and gaffes, but the most...

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Innovation tipped to be key for Scottish oil and gas industry progress (News)

09-10-2013

Innovation will be key to progress in the Scottish oil and gas industry, it has been claimed. David Rennie, who is head of oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise, has claimed that more innovative projects like the Inflation Support Tool will be needed to prevent a sharp future decline. In an interview with ft.com, Rennie argued that it was particularly crucial to find more efficient methods of extracting oil. He said: "It seems obvious but innovation...

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Knowledge management explained (Blog)

07-10-2013

Knowledge management (KM) is a concept that was popularised in the 1990s and there is still some confusion as to its exact definition. It means a lot of things to a lot of different people, although the most widely adopted definition was penned by the Gartner Group in 1998. It reads: "Knowledge management is a discipline that promotes an integrated approach to identifying, capturing, evaluating, retrieving, and sharing all of an enterprise's information assets. These assets...

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Offshore workers stranded in North Sea (News)

16-09-2013

More than a dozen offshore workers were forced to remain on a North Sea platform overnight, after the helicopter due to take them home developed a fault. Although the fault with the Super Puma was not serious, the decision was made not to fly until it had been checked by engineers.  It's the sort of scenario that many project managers may have to go through during risk management training in this sector. One worker told...

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Integrated online/offline security products on the way for oil and gas industry (News)

29-08-2013

Security products which protect oil and gas companies in both the online world and offline world could soon be utilised across the world. A new report by MarketsandMarkets has suggested that integrated products like this represent the next step forward for security in the oil and gas industry. What's more, it was suggested that major tier 1 companies were already looking at introducing such products to companies in the sector in the near future. With...

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Modern project manager "needs basic business skills" (News)

09-08-2013

The modern project manager needs more than qualifications in order to succeed, it has been claimed. Paul Naybour, a project management consultant who regularly blogs about trends in the industry, has claimed that basic business skills and the ability to lead employees has become just as important as PMP certification. . In an article for projectaccelerator.co.uk, he explained that managers were now expected to liaise with more departments across a bigger range of projects.     "As a result, it...

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Oil and gas workers divided on impact of Scottish independence (News)

07-08-2013

Oil and gas workers are heavily divided over how Scottish independence could affect their careers, according to a new survey. In a poll issued by recruitment firm NES Global Talent, 54 per cent of industry employees believed that independence could be good for the sector, potentially creating more jobs for those with project manager skills and others in lower positions. However, 53 per cent of those respondents shared concerns that there might be negative effects for the industry brought on...

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