Lead Document Controller for Seaway Heavy Lifting in the Netherlands
Can you tell us a bit about you?
My name is Emily Dolan. I am 28 years old and from Calgary, Canada.
I moved to the Netherlands 3 years ago with my Dutch boyfriend. We have enjoyed our time in the Netherlands immensely but are now in the process of moving back to Canada to start a new adventure.
I try to take any opportunity I can to travel. I also like to ski, spend time with my friends and family and eat good food in my spare time.
What is your current role?
Until recently I was the Lead Document Controller at Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), a leading offshore Contractor in the global Oil & Gas and Renewables industry. I worked on an EPCI project where our scope included the design, fabrication and installation of foundations for an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
As the Lead Document Controller I was responsible to ensure the quality and consistency of everyday document control tasks carried out by my DC team. I also liaised with and balanced the needs of the many project stakeholders (internal project team, Client DC, and Subcontractor DC) with the established DC procedures.
Can you describe your professional experience?
I began my professional career in 2013 as a Project Administrator in Calgary for a large EPC company. Although this was not a document control position I worked alongside the document controllers ensuring the quality and accuracy of work packages supplied by the engineers.
In 2015 I moved to the Netherlands and began my career in document control. I first worked as a project document controller in a company which had never had document control before.
This was a challenge as I also had limited document control experience. By working with the Client DC I was able to establish a reliable document management system that the project team and Client were both happy with. I then joined an oil and gas company to assist as DC on a number of as built/final packages.
Since 2016 I have been with SHL. I began as a document controller and in mid 2017 I became a lead document controller.
Which Consepsys course did you attend and when?
I attended the Lead Document Control course in November 2017 in London and also the Advanced Document Control course in May 2018 in Amsterdam.
What did you think about the Consepsys course? How did it help you in your current role and career development?
The knowledge I gained from the courses is invaluable and I wish that I had attended them earlier in my career.
They reinforced my understanding of DC fundamentals and taught me how to best apply these fundamentals to my project and within my DC team. I was able to use what I learned immediately on my project.
I think that an added benefit from the Consepsys courses is that many of the skills learned there are also applicable to other roles and functions outside of document control.