Implementing an Operations Management System will help you mitigate risks, manage compliance and improve safety


SPAN specializes in the design and implementation of Operations Management Systems specially tailored to Oil and Gas operations and other high risk facilities and activities.

SPAN provides an end-to-end solutions for an Operations Management System, or OMS,  based on common management system regulations and standards such as CSA-Z662, CER OPR, API RP1173, and the numerous ISO Management System standards. SPAN provides services for: 

  • Initial gap assessments and leadership awareness sessions
  • Mapping regulatory requirements and standards to the management system
  • Design of management system requirements, processes and roles and responsibilities
  • Company-wide implementation, training, assessment and continuous improvement

"Management of a system requires knowledge of the interrelationships between all of the components within the system and of everybody that works in it."
W. Edwards Deming


Why Implement an Operations Management System?

An Operations Management System is an integrated set of requirements, responsibilities and business processes that will continuously improve performance and help you achieve your goals. We find most companies have many overlapping goals that can all be addressed by the Management System:

  • Incident prevention
  • Enhanced safety culture
  • Risk identification and management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Operational performance
  • Organization collaboration
  • Stakeholder management


Implementing an OMS In Your Company

You already have many policies, processes and procedures required for a Management System, so many of the OMS building blocks will be in place. SPAN helps you take what you've got and align it with the requirements you need to meet including standards such as CSA Z662, CER OPR, API RP 1173, or ISO standards. We then help you put a robust implementation plan in place following our proven 4-Stage Implementation Process to ensure your OMS gets implemented correctly. 

SPAN's proven 4-Stage Implementation Process provides an efficient and cost effective way to implement your Management System. We provide you the process and then guide you through each step to implement your OMS.


Capturing and Managing your Management System Data

A key component of our implementation process is the use of Octane, our Operations Management System implementation tool. Octane is used to conduct gap assessments in a collaborative way with your teams, and then manage the workflow of gaps and actions to ensure improvements are made. Octane's robust reporting and analytics also allow you to see and report on Management System performance in real time without the need for time consuming spreadsheet work. Without Octane you run the risk of accidentally losing or contaminating valuable data or breeching company data security requirements which is commonplace with spreadsheets and email.


Our Management System services cater to your company no matter what stage of development you're at. We find that all companies need to go through the same fundamental steps, which we guide you through and customize to meet your needs. 

James Ullyott, Management Systems Practice Lead, SPAN

What our clients say

"Our member companies were concerned that their information could be unsecure, and we were concerned we couldn't scale up our systems as our programs grow; we are solving both by implementing Octane."


VP Performance, CEPA - Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

"Our clients are often shy to speak publicly, but I can say that they commonly rave about our people and how easy we are to work with. As an owner I am proud to claim that we have a 100% client satisfaction rate and I encourage you to ask for references to hear those stories for yourself."


Principal and Owner, SPAN Consulting

"I'm glad we have Octane. I can't imagine doing these assessments with a spreadsheet."


EVP - Plains All American Pipeline

Case studies and resources

A Business Case for Successful Management System Implementation

Learn what’s required to be successful, and how to avoid common failures that can cost you success.

Read The Business Case

Implementing a Pipeline Safety Management System in field operations

In 2015 Plains Midstream Canada implemented their Management System across all field operations. 

Download Case Study

SPAN's Top 10 Gap Assessment Best Practices

We have created a list of best practices to make sure you get the maximum value out of your Management System Gap Assessment.

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Bring your Management System to life with Octane

This video demonstrates how Octane can be used to enable your Management System and improve performance and collaboration in record time.

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A sample of our specialists

James Ullyott

Management System Practice Lead

James Ullyott

Management System Practice Lead

James Ullyott - Management System Practice Lead, Senior Consultant


Ten years experience in consulting, focused on process development and management system design and implementation for large organizations in the pipeline, midstream and upstream oil and gas industries.


James approaches business problems from a technical perspective, and has a passion for ensuring the solution is practical, fits the business environment, and produces defined business value.


He has worked on large OMS, program and process implementations, including providing technical input to design and managing the needs of multiple stakeholders. In changing business environments, he has adapted to ensure objectives are met.

MacKenzie Meens


MacKenzie Meens


MacKenzie Meens - Consultant

With an infused background which combines business and sustainability, MacKenzie develops strategies to drive success and long-term value for clients.


MacKenzie is a Operational Management System (OMS) Project Manager with successful program implementation encompassing corporate and field-based stakeholder groups and is an accomplished professional with a track record of delivering results, meeting deadlines and achieving corporate goals in dynamic, competitive, environments through sustained self-motivation and leadership.

Alex Eddington


Alex Eddington


Alex Eddington - Principal, Co-Founder, Management System Expert


Alex has spent his career of over twenty years designing, implementing and auditing management systems in pipelines, midstream and upstream oil and gas, along with utilities and municipal operations.


Alex has led the design and implementation of multiple Pipeline Safety Management System and Operations Management System implementations and supporting processes such as risk management, regulatory management, Health & Safety, Asset Integrity, Process Safety and Safety Culture to name a few. Alex is also a certified management system auditor and typically supports most SPAN projects as a technical expert and advisor.  

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