Our hope is this CMS will serve the end users (operating companies and service provider companies), working professionals, regulators and all training organisations.
Operating Companies: these are required by HSE law to assure the competence of the people they deploy, particularly in safety critical roles, such as those occupied by any operational geoscientist. Many will already have put in place their own systems as a result. The benefit of this system is it will be independently verified, common to end users and suppliers and will remove the need for each company to develop, operate and maintain their own system. It is a well established principle that competence can only be assessed by the competent. For smaller companies who may not have in house expertise in operational geoscience this independent system will provide a greater degree of assurance than they could provide on their own.
Service and People Providers: operating companies are increasingly looking to their contractors and sub-contractors to provide assurance of the competence of their people. Each company establishing, verifying, applying and maintaining their own system is an expensive option that then presents multiple solutions to the end users and added work trying to compare across the different systems. An effective, fully accredited, industry wide solution would be more cost effective.
Regulators: The HSE have a brief to assess company competence assurance systems. A CMS for operational geoscientists, developed by and assured by the most experienced practitioners in the industry, would be of significant benefit to their work. Unsurprisingly, in meetings with HSE Inspectors to date, they have been wholly supportive of this initiative.
Practising Professionals: A single, industry wide CMS, will enable practitioners to get their skills and competence profile assured once, rather than needing to go through multiple processes for each contractual arrangement they work through. The CMS will also provide a career development road map, a means of doing a gap analysis on their own skill set and means to support them through out their career in the CPD system that will be part of it. Having their competence assured is expected to help individuals to compete for opportunities on a fairer basis than the present systems employed commonly in our industry. Finally, by brining together the expertise to make this happen, it is hoped and expected that this will promote greater sharing of learnings than currently exist for operational geoscientists.
Training Organisations: the existence of the CMS should open up opportunities to develop new training tools and courses, fully informed by the collective know-how of the operational geo-science community. It is envisioned that body brought together to put the CMS in place will also sponsor accreditation of courses and other training tools. It may also act as a conduit for University departments to get access to operational expertise for teaching purposes, thereby launching the next generation into the work place better equipped than the current generation.