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A new information management system being developed in partnership between Teesside-based Datum360 and Teesside University will provide unique capabilities to improve information management in the process industries.

The software and services provider, which specialises in information management services and solutions for the oil and gas sector, has established a two-year knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) to access University expertise to help develop new class library management system software.

Datum360 was formed in 2009 by founders Steve Wilson and David Mitchell, and provides services and solutions to improve engineering information for capital-intensive projects and assets in the oil and gas and process industries.

The company ensures that the right information is delivered to the right place at the right time, improving project efficiency by increasing information quality, eliminating duplication of effort; reducing delays and errors because of low quality or missing data and so reducing data handling costs.

The KTP associate is Michael Hodds, a Teesside University Computing graduate who is based full-time with the Datum360 team. He said. 'This KTP is giving me real experience of working in industry and putting my academic knowledge into practice on a live project. In doing this I am gaining the experience I need for my future career.'

This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing £300m investment.

The project will make a major contribution to the ambition of the ERDF Competitive Programme 2007-13 and by increasing the numbers and survival of business start ups in the region and increasing business productivity.

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