A Better Way
It was the mid-1990s and the Internet Revolution was just getting under way:
- Businesses and individuals began creating things called “Web sites;”
- “Surfing” provided information available previously only in libraries;
- People suddenly had access to mainframe computer power on their desktop.
Archie Thompson, a senior oil and gas industry executive with a quarter-century of operations experience, asked himself a question:
What’s one of the industry’s biggest headaches?
To Archie, the answer was obvious: How do you really know in real time if your field operations are compliant with local, state and federal regulations? Do you have to experience an incident before you find the answer? From personal experience, Archie knew that tracking and managing the thousands of tasks and requirements associated with process efficiency and regulatory compliance were being conducted by an increasingly less experienced workforce.
He left corporate America and formed SEMPCheck in the summer of 2000. His objective was to build solutions and services utilizing the Internet as the conduit. The business was immediately successful and experienced moderate growth for over a decade.
Then came Macondo with an increased focus on process safety management. Business nearly tripled as SEMPCheck worked with clients to meet the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) standards—complex and newly made mandatory federal process safety management requirements in all federal Outer Continental Shelf theaters of operation.
As the U.S. onshore upstream and midstream industries transition to a more volatile product scenario, SEMPCheck is responding to demand from these very active sectors for Process Safety Management (PSM) solutions and boots-on-the-ground ancillary services such as Infrared inspection of critical equipment and devices.
Today, with offices in Houston and Lafayette, SEMPCheck serves clients across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.