Sarhang Bajalan 

Document Control Supervisor at Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

 Can you tell us a bit about you? 


My name is Sarhang Bajalan. I was born in 1988 in the city of Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. I moved with my family during early childhood to Norway and completed my studies over there.


When it comes to maintaining a work-life balance, I enjoy travelling in order to see new sights and experience different cultures.  I’ve also built a strong interest for a range of activities such as: graphic design, web development, and enjoying a wide variety of music genres.


What is your current role? 


I am a Document Control Supervisor in Gulf Keystone Petroleum, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. 


My responsibility is to manage the overall administration, implementation, control and coordination of activities related to document and information management of design (FEED), construction, engineering, drilling, operations, maintenance, production and contractor technical documents. 


I have also implemented an Engineering Document Management System (ProArc) in the company, and a technical document repository. I have further developed and implemented various sets of key procedures, guidelines, workflows and numbering systems governing document control.


My responsibility also includes the management of reporting, internal trainings and the supervision of personnel.


Can you describe your professional experience? 


I have more than 10 years of experience related to data management in various disciplines. In the beginning of my career, I worked in an investment and construction company. Then I moved to the energy sector, and later the aviation industry where I was responsible for aircraft maintenance records.


I started working for Gulf Keystone Petroleum in 2015 as a document controller and have been working on various projects related to the Shaikan field development; one of the largest oil discoveries in Kurdistan Region.


Which Consepsys course did you attend and when?


I attended the Certified Document Controller Course in Amsterdam in 2015, the Certified Lead Document Control Course in London in 2016, and the Advanced Document Control Course in Houston in 2017.


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


The training courses I attended through Consepsys have improved my understanding of document control requirements and processes. It has also improved my productivity and adherence to quality standards. I have learned how to better monitor, and quality check our contractor documentation, to create repositories for my users that can systematically locate documents related to our facilities.


Through constantly attending courses, it made me capable and ready to take on new employees in document control and to provide them with required training. 


No matter how experienced you are, there is always something interesting and useful for your career in the training programs provided by Consepsys

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