Contractor Safety Module

by Tom Drake on October 22nd, 2009

The MESHsystems contractor safety module provides outstanding capabilities not provided in any other system.

Contractors log in to the contractor module with their name/password and add/edit their Pre-qualification Information which is viewed by the company.This is a very convenient method for contractors to  provide and update their information.

Companies can add/edit Project information specific to the contractor for viewing by the contractor. This communicates project details such as safety, meetings and other important requirements of the project.

All information is then saved in

2nd Annual CCPS Latin America Process Safety Conference Postponed

by Tom Drake on August 18th, 2009

The conference has been postponed until June 21-24, 2010.

Tom Drake will be presenting “Managing Data for Critical Indicators and Metrics” at the 2nd CCPS Latin American Process Safety Conference and Expo on October 21 – 23, 2009 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The conference is presented by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (Abiquim), and the Brazilian Association of Chemical Engineering (ABEQ).

Combustible Dust Explosion Course

by Tom Drake on August 1st, 2009

The Drake Group recently developed an 8-hour course in Combustible Dust Explosions for the Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX) under the Harwood grant from OSHA. The course is undergoing final revisions and should be ready in Fall, 2009.

The course covers the causes of some of the most recent dust explosions and provides an understanding of how dust explosions occur. Preventative methods and safety systems are discussed.

Process Safety Culture Course

by Tom Drake on August 1st, 2009

The Drake Group recently produced a course for Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX) for Process Safety Critical Indicators. The course was sponsored under a Harwood grant from OSHA and is going through final editing now and should be offered in Fall, 2009.

The 4-hour course focuses on culture and how it significantly affects process safety operations. Culture has been a topic of much discussion, especially after the BP Refinery explosion in Texas City.  It can also be traced to all other disasters as a leading issue so is a topic that needs to be a high priority for all companies dealing with hazardous chemicals and processes.

Process Safety Critical Indicators Course developed for TEEX

by Tom Drake on August 1st, 2009

The Drake Group recently produced a course for Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX). The course was sponsored under a Harwood grant from OSHA and is going through final editing now and should be offered in Fall, 2009.

The 8-hour course focuses on Leading and Lagging indicators and provides examples of methods and techniques for developing metrics for tracking critical indicators.

Managing Contractors

by Tom Drake on August 1st, 2009

The new “Contractor” module has some very unique and exciting capabilities. By providing contractor login capabilities, contractors can enter the information for the PreQualification form directly online and maintain it. I know of companies who have staff assigned to performing this function….I was one of them and the time spend in this activity was very costly. The company can view contractor PQ information in a very efficient and searchable system.

The other exciting company/contractor capability is the managing of projects. The company can enter all information for a project and the contractor can login to view the project information and record information specific to that project.

This is true interactivity and efficiency in managing the sometimes difficult world of contractors. By effectively communicating in this way the result will be a better experience for the contractor and for the company that will prevent incidents and create the all important “paper trail” or as we call it the “data trail.”

MESHsystems in Flex

by Tom Drake on June 15th, 2009

When we decided to upgrade from ASP.NET to Adobe Flex, we knew this would be a major undertaking. We also knew the effort would be well worth it and it is meeting and exceeding our expectations in every way.

Now MESHsystems can run on all operating systems and all browsers because it uses the Flash player. We run it on the Mac OS and use FireFox, Safari and others. This is a huge benefit!

The other reason for this technology change is for speed. When running an application across the Internet, speed can vary depending on the connection. Having a marginal connection and a slow application is not fun at all. A Flex/Flash application is blazingly fast and operates like the high-end websites in speed and performance.

Now what do you do when you do not have a connection at all? We offer MESHsystems modules in “Adobe Integrated Runtime” or “AIR.” This means the application can run natively on your desktop as if on the online system. Speed is instantaneous and any work done in AIR is automatically synced when a connection can be made.

ASSE PDC San Antonio!

by Tom Drake on June 8th, 2009

Hope to see you at the ASSE PDC in San Antonio. The Drake Group/MESHsystems will be exhibiting in Booth 1627 and will be demonstrating the new MESHsystems EHS Enterprise System with Flash/Flex technology.

Tom Drake will be presenting this year and the title is “The Bleeding Edge of SMS/PSM Technology” and is Session 731 on Wednesday July 1 at 11:00.

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