Plans were unveiled last month for a major initiative which we hope will shine a new light on the success of the oil and gas industry at a UK level.
The times they are a-changin' - so said Bob Dylan and, not surprisingly for a political, social, philosophical and literary commentator, he wasn't wrong.
Much like the industry itself, the last 12 months were a time of great change and positive momentum for Opito, writes group CEO David Doig.
Following the tragedy that was Macondo, the global oil and gas industry and all its regulators and stakeholders have been self-critiquing, reflecting, measuring and analysing in an effort to learn from, improve and prevent the recurrence of past failings.
With so many voices out there, the landscape has become confusing for those trying to get into the industry, writes David Doig.
Building a safer, more competent workforce, from the North Sea to West Africa, Iraq to Malaysia and everywhere in between, is the moral duty of all of us who work in the oil and gas industry.
Here we are again, a new year stretching out ahead of us, bringing with it a wealth of fresh opportunity to influence, impact and change our industry for the better.
I have spoken many times over the years about the importance of establishing one common set of industry standards for safety and competency in oil and gas around the world.
It must be many a small boy's dream to become an astronaut: to explore the unknown, to use fantastic technology and gadgets and to push the boundaries of man's capabilities.
Skills, training and workforce safety are at the heart of the oil and gas industry, no matter which role you play or country you work in.
The oil capital of the world, Houston is a key destination for a huge number of organisations within our industry.
GOING into 2012 we are at a complex and challenging crossroads.