David Orphey

Document Control Lead from Houston, USA - expatriate in Lumut, Malaysia

 Can you tell us a bit about you? 


My name is David Orphey, I am a tenacious 33 year old Houstonian from USA, working as an expatriate in Malaysia for almost two years.


When it comes to work/life balance during my downtime I’ve developed a strong penchant for a wide range of activities such as; all genres of music, photography, inspirational quotes, foreign languages/cuisines, parasailing, hiking, voiceover training,... 



I consider myself a very proud uncle of 10 nephews, 7 nieces, loving brother of 5 siblings, grateful son of 2 parents and countless number of cousins, fraternity brothers and friends from all 4 corners of the world. 


What is your current role? 


I currently serve as Document Control Lead for a LNG Project with a major global contractor - I’m responsible for supervising, maintaining and supporting document management work processes for a major scope on the project. I lead an integrated team of 20 staff members, comprising of 7 nationalities, working in two international locations. Daily execution of project activities; coordinating, collaborating, and expediting documentation related to the needs/goals of the project including all phases i.e. construction, retention, turnover, closeout and ultimately handover.  


Can you describe your professional experience? 


Since graduating with 2 Bachelor degrees in Business Management & Marketing from Grambling State University (Class 2007). I’ve embarked on a myriad of career experiences totalling to over 17 years  I have executed some form of Document Control throughout numerous areas/dimensions of my life; 2 continents, 5 countries, 25 states, and 5 industries. I’ve held positions from Territory Retail Sales Representative Representative (with a top confectionary company)  to Document Control Technician, Senior, Lead and Manager with various EPCM companies. 


Which Consepsys course did you attend and when?


Without hesitation, I attended both courses Document Controller and Lead Certification Training during fall 2015 in Singapore while on my vacation as a personal investment in my career. My objective was simple as I wanted this for myself, a chance to prove that I still have the skills, knowledge, and energy to run with the best in the business. 


What did you think about the Consepsys course? How did it help you in your current role and career development?


It’s absolutely amazing and first class from start to finish. This course was certainly refreshing in meeting, and exchanging experiences with like minded professionals from all corners of the world. Sort of like a private “think tank” as we could literally use the Document Controller jargon without having to breakdown or provide explanations while debating a hot issue.  During my time at this workshop I fostered great friendships with some of the world best and brightest in this industry.  The discussions are very engaging, informative, and entertaining.  In addition the Certification Exams are no frills, jokes or free lunches literally with a duration of 3 hours long; multiple choice, fill in the blanks, essay questions and actual examples of transmittals or Work Scope planning Exam for the Lead role.  Consepsys makes sure you “earn” your right to say to the world you are a Certified Document Controller/Lead with Consepsys.   


Besides the camaraderie, DCC training templates and constant support Julie (Course presenter) continues to engage and provide support after the workshop. The course offers you something not too many courses can provide, a sense of achievement, inspiration & pride to be a Document Controller.  As we all know Document Control is usually considered an afterthought or necessary nuisance until an audit fails or something catastrophic happens in construction, then we “transform” into miracle workers.  Since attending this course I’ve become rejuvenated, motivated and elevated as this course was definitely a sound investment for myself professionally and personally.  


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