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Technology and Expertise: Raising standards for project logistics

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GAC-new24 July 13 – New standards of value and efficiency are being set by
logistics providers who use technology to plan project movements – and Per
Thornblom, Group Project Logistics Manager for the GAC Group, is embracing
them with enthusiasm.

In his speech at the PowerLogistics Asia 2013 conference this October, he
will outline the key advantage that dedicated software brings to the
planning of heavy lift projects, and how the smart application of
technology facilitates the engineering of detailed solutions to ensure
timely, safe and on-budget execution.

Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) is emerging as a vital element in planning
how to load and store complex shipments. Lashing calculations identify the
best way to secure cargo on a vessel. And onboard stability and weather
routing software help plan a safe and efficient voyage.

“Project logistics is a diverse and demanding field, in which having the
right skills, knowledge and experience is essential, ” says Thornblom.
“Project skills are built on practical experience and a solid background
in shipping and logistics – and we now have new tools to enhance that

Many of the world’s leading project forwarding professionals and their
clients from the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction], oil & gas,
energy and mining sectors will gather at the Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands
Hotel for PowerLogistics Asia 2013. Participants from throughout the
Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Australia will include industry
giants such as Chevron, Technip, Jacobs Engineering, Mammoet, Jumbo
Shipping, SAL Heavy Lift, Panalpina, JAS Forwarding and many more.

Attracting talent to the project logistics sector will also be a key topic
at the conference. Finding the people with the right skill-sets is
important, but so too is utilising specialist staff already within the
organisation, says Thornblom.

“Staff with a practical background, who have served at sea or who have
been involved in heavy lift logistics operations, are always a good fit, ”
he adds. “Within GAC, wherever we can, we aim to bring existing employees
into the heart of project logistics operations – as and when required –
and train them in the specific skills they need. Our staff can also
enhance their knowledge through a range of theoretical and practical
courses offered by the GAC Corporate Academy.”

For more about PowerLogistics Asia 2013, go to

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