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Case Study: UTEC

Case Study: UTEC


In August 2021, survey, positioning, and data management specialists, UTEC, a Geo-services brand in Acteon’s Data and Robotics division, was looking to move away from laborious spreadsheets and an outdated manual online system to better manage global workforce planning and personnel logistics.


With limited visibility of regional movements, and clunky, manual forecasting, it was time to put operational visibility at the heart of the business. Onboard Tracker™ provided full control of data, empowered, and connected global operational teams and enabled better informed crewing decisions.


Our Implementation Consultants worked closely with the UTEC Operations & Resourcing team to closely manage the ‘onboarding’ process. As well as streamlining operational and logistics processes and transferring to the new system, the Onboard Tracker™ team also tailored ongoing changing requirements to support challenges caused by Covid-19. This included developing tailored functionality to track global vaccinations, quarantine status and certifications.

Within a matter of weeks, the UTEC teams saw huge operational efficiencies as they transferred to Onboard Tracker™. Tasks which would previously have taken three days, were now achieved in 30 minutes.

“We were so impressed with the demo, Onboard Tracker™ practically sold itself. The software is so efficient that we have stopped using our old spreadsheets and transferred to Onboard Tracker™ completely.”
Gareth Jones, Operations & Resources Manager


Onboard Tracker™ not only delivered a smarter way to track and manage global workforce planning, crewing, training and certification, the software also brought teams together. Teams from the UK, Norway, UAE, Asia, Australasia and Americas were soon connected, and accessing real time data from across the organisation, improving communications and decision making.

Three finance systems were also made redundant as Onboard Tracker™ centralised all financial processes. Additional efficiencies were seen with the workforce gap analysis and planning functionality, not to mention deep visual insights and forecasting dashboards and versatile, accurate reporting capabilities.

With 65 operational users spanning Project Managers, Surveyors, Logistics Personnel and Operations teams, plus a further 170 field users accessing personal data, Onboard Tracker™ has streamlined global operations.

The whole organisation has embraced the new software and the connected team approach, providing real-time, accessible data using one fully integrated system.


From an operational perspective, the implementation of Onboard Tracker™ has delivered a time saving of 25 manhours each month for data entry alone. The easy-to-use, agile software paid for itself within the first year by removing these wasted manhours spent manually creating utilisation reports and allocating resources.

All legacy processes are now consolidated into one software and teams can efficiently track workforce movements and assign the right people to the right jobs with a few clicks of the mouse.

The scalable system has the ability to flexibly evolve and support UTEC’s growing operations and the step change in operations continues to provide efficiencies through improved reporting, visibility and communication across the business.

“Onboard Tracker™ has been a complete game changer for our operations allowing us to focus on proactive strategic improvements instead of being buried in data.”
Gareth Jones, Operations & Resources Manager

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We are attending OGV Energy’s the Data-Driven Energy Transition Event! 

We are attending OGV Energy’s the Data-Driven Energy Transition Event! 

We are attending OGV Energy’s the Data-Driven Energy Transition Event!

The event will take place on the 28th of April at TECA focussing on how data-driven strategies and implementation of new technologies are advancing the energy sector towards a more sustainable future.

The team look forward to the discussions and debate from industry leaders regarding how the energy sector should utilise data and technology in preparation for the transformation to zero-carbon industry by 2050.

Onboard Tracker offers paperless, cost-effective crew management via a cloud-hosted platform – significantly reducing the number of on-prem servers required to power our client’s operations and reducing carbon emissions between 30-90% per user (according to a recent Accenture survey).

As energy sector leading software, we pride ourselves on our commitment to a greener future and with a recent focus on ESG reporting – it’s clear our clients feel the same.

Find us on stand 20 and see how Onboard Tracker can transform your crew management – there might even be a prize up for grabs

To find out more about the event click 👉 https://bit.ly/3Oh2zeD

Introducing our Business Support Graduate, Zoe!

Introducing our Business Support Graduate, Zoe!

We are delighted to welcome Zoe Prentice, our Business Support Graduate.

Zoe joins our team on a yearlong placement in collaboration with Opportunity North East (ONE), who fund training for SME’s taking on graduates.

As part of her placement, Zoe will spend time going round the Solab and Onboard Tracker teams to provide support and learn about the various roles within the business. Zoe will also attend classes at ONE on digital marketing, finance, and project management throughout the year.

On joining the team, Zoe says:

“I am excited to finally apply my skills and knowledge I gained from university into the ‘real world’. I am particularly looking forward to my placement in the Onboard Tracker team where I can join sales calls, carry out research and network with people at Energy Events and Conferences.”

Kevin Coll, our Managing Director says:

As a company that is forward-thinking, it’s only natural to help nurture future talent, and we are thrilled to have Zoe join us.  We have worked with ONE for a while now and are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with them throughout Zoe’s placement and beyond”.

Onboard Tracker are Exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2022

Onboard Tracker are Exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2022

We are delighted to be exhibiting at Global Underwater Hub’s Subsea Expo event on 22nd-24th February at P&J Live.

With Subsea Expo being the world’s largest exhibition and conference of its kind, it is a crucial event for companies like ourselves who are operating in the underwater sectors.

In the last two years, we have experienced a significant growth in subsea and marine adopters choosing our online hub to centrally manage global Personnel Logistics & Planning, Crew Rotations, Training, Certification, Competence and more.

You will find us on stand 148, right next to our neighbours ATPI (stand 147).  Both our teams recognise the many benefits of collaboration and we have partnered with ATPI to seamlessly transition your offshore crews from ‘Door to Deck’ through integrated Crew and Travel Management.

We are particularly thrilled to see so many of our Subsea Onboard Tracker clients confirmed to attend, and look forward to welcoming you all onto our stand. Make sure to come by to find out about our latest and greatest subsea updates – from vessel planning to saturation diving logs.

See you there!

Get Onboard, Bilfinger UK has!

Get Onboard, Bilfinger UK has!

Get onboard like Bilfinger UK!
Tired of data being everywhere?
Frustrated with duplication of effort, and lack of reporting?
Are your old tracking, operations and certification systems fit purpose?
Onboard Tracker, developed by Solab IT Services is the answer to all your frustrations. Our sophisticated modular portal is used around the world by clients in the energy and maritime industries, helping to keep your workforce safe and assures contractual and HSE compliance.
Scalable and simple to use, Onboard Tracker is a proven all-in-one business tool that puts operational visibility at the heart of your business.

Don’t take our word for it. Hear what Stephanie Broadley , Training & Competency Advisor at Bilfinger UK has to say in the video below and discover how Onboard Tracker can get you back in control…

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Case Study: Blaze

Case Study: Blaze


Blaze Manufacturing Solutions was launched in Laurencekirk in 2006 and is a leading provider of fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for harsh and challenging environments.

Using Onboard Tracker, Blaze streamlined processes and procedures across its operations to provide a single platform to manage all offshore and on-site operations, personnel logistics, competency, emergency response, certification, training and HR ensuring the safety and compliance of its workforce.


As a small, but multi-national company working in a number of cross-sector industries including oil and gas, renewable energies, nuclear, mining, commercial and industrial, Blaze was experiencing challenges with tracking personnel both on and offshore.

With a workforce of just 25 employees, Blaze is a tight-knit, family run firm that is skilfully competing in an international arena. However, proficiencies were being compromised with the use of legacy systems and a multitude of spreadsheets that were no longer fit for purpose resulting in poor visibility and duplication of effort.

Blaze recognised a need to modernise critical business systems to further strengthen operations. As part of a digitalisation strategy, an agile system was required to fully integrate operations across various departments including HR, Logistics and Training and Competency to ensure a digitally connected approach.

“We were looking for a system that offered the whole package and, more importantly, we needed to be able to manage it centrally. Onboard Tracker is all of that and more.”
Jamie Johnson, Operations Director, Blaze Manufacturing


The move to digitalise operations across the company led to the implementation of Onboard Tracker in 2018 which has introduced Blaze to a new and improved way of working. The software supports the company to efficiently and accurately track operations, whilst providing onshore and office-based staff with a robust, easy-to-use and intelligent system to ease day to day activities.

The Blaze team now input, track, and administer all crew rotations, absences, holidays and personnel data whilst centrally managing training and competence matrices, expiries, and related documentation to ensure compliance.

“Onboard Tracker has truly transformed the way we do business and has given us connectivity and consistency across all sectors of the company. This is the best system of its kind and is a game-changer for many businesses, particularly SME’s, who are competing at an international level.”
Andrew Johnson, Head of R&D, Blaze Manufacturing

Results & Benefits

The implementation of Onboard Tracker has aided and enabled Blaze to not only keep their workforce safe, well trained and competent but also progress digitally to maintain competitive edge and bolster their international growth and diversification strategy.

Streamlined Processes:  All departments link seamlessly to ensure quick, user-friendly access to the most up to date, accurate information to improve efficiencies across the business.

Increased Visibility: All previous systems are now consolidated into one platform with all of the workforce able to access their records from home, office, on the rig and when mobile.

Improved Reporting: The user-friendly system provides real-time data allowing efficient and informed decision making which supports improved operational performance.

“We now have a digitally connected, bespoke package that is cost-effective with no hidden extras. The team at Onboard Tracker have a genuine desire to support businesses in their journey towards digitalisation.”
Jamie Johnson, Operations Director, Blaze Manufacturing

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