RGU and AVEVA present findings on health and safety report


Panel debate will discuss key findings of research focusing on Oil and Gas Industry

Cambridge, UK, 30 June 2011: AVEVA (LSE: AVV), a leader in engineering design and information management solutions for the plant, power and marine industries, today announced that the findings of a research project conducted by Robert Gordon University (RGU), will be debated during a panel discussion at an event in Aberdeen on 1st September.

Using both quantitative and qualitative responses, the report will seek to gain a better understanding of the role information management plays within health and safety environments for the Oil and Gas Industry. It goes on to explore how organisations achieve improvements in health and safety performance based on factors that range from culture to technology.

The panel discussion, chaired by Jeremy Cresswell, editor of the Press and Journal’s ENERGY supplement and honorary Professor at RGU’s Business School, and featuring key opinion formers within the industry, will debate the report findings, discuss their own experiences and speculate the future direction of health and safety issues within the Oil and Gas industry.
“Some of the early findings from the report have challenged our preconceptions. The qualitative analysis will help us to delve deeper and better assess the final conclusions”, said Steve Tongish, VP of Marketing at AVEVA. “We commissioned this research from RGU because we wanted to better understand the health and safety issues that our customers’ struggle with on a daily basis. Improving information management plays a key role in meeting health and safety requirements for the Oil and Gas industry and we believe that the research from RGU contributes to this important debate”.

Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University added, “This research is important both for the Oil and Gas industry and for health and safety management more generally. It throws light both on the practices in the industry sector but also illustrates the extent to which effective access to reliable and timely information is vital in dealing with critical incidents. Initial analysis of the survey findings show that 35% of respondents were aware of instances where either they or their colleagues had not reported information on incidents which had occurred”.

The full report will also be available via the AVEVA website and available at Offshore Europe between 6-8 September. Should you wish to attend the panel discussion, please register your interest at www.aveva.com/RGU.  


Media Contacts:
Kate Magill
Communications Manager
AVEVA Corporate
Email: kate.magill@aveva.com
Tel: +44 1223 558204

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
Email: a.c.youngson@rgu.ac.uk
Tel: 01224 262389

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About Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen Business School has around 5,000 UK and international students on its programme of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The School is managed by the Faculty Senior Management Group and there are more than 250 members of staff within the school.

Founded in 1965, the Aberdeen Business School continues to build on a firm foundation with its formidable reputation for a pragmatic approach to higher education. The School is part of Robert Gordon University (RGU), which has regularly been acclaimed as the top university in Scotland for graduate employment and is currently ranked 10th across all UK universities.
The Good University Guide 2010, published by The Times, ranks the university as the best modern university in the United Kingdom. The Times report says, "Among the generation of new universities, The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, is the best placed at 54th (out of 113 overall)". The University has also recently been named Scottish University of the Year 2011 by The Sunday Times. Aberdeen Business School is ranked 15th Best Business School in the United Kingdom (Guardian).

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