About: Gaye Francis

Gaye Francis

is an experienced risk and due diligence engineer and highly effective project manager, with a diverse range of project experience collected over 15 years of consulting activities with R2A. Gaye has worked with both private and government clients across a wide range of industries including road, rail, marine, mining, aviation and water.

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On 19 January 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced an independent review of Victoria’s Electricity Network Safety Framework, to be chaired by Dr Paul Grimes. On 5 May 2017, the Minister announced an expansion to the review's terms of reference to include Victoria’s gas network safety framework. Read more
Gaye recently attended the second meeting of the Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee (PBSC) at Energy Safe Victoria (ESV). As set out in the Committee Charter, the purpose of the PBSC is to provide the Director of Energy Safety (DoES) with comprehensive expert advice to support ESV in its administration of the Electricity Safety (Bushfire Mitigation) Amendment Regulations 2016 (the regulations) and.
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Law as Engineering, a recent publication by English legal academic (and former MP) Professor David Howarth of Cambridge University, documents a major change in legal philosophy. Professor Howarth notes that these days, approximately 80% of lawyers don’t litigate. Rather, they design social constructs such as contracts, companies and wills to facilitate their clients’ social needs. This is similar to how engineers.
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The primary reason for the judicial rejection of target levels or risk or safety appears to hinge around the notion of uncertainty. When a risk expert says something is safe because the likelihood of its occurrence is around 1 x10-6 pa or 1 x 10-7 pa, they are really speaking of an inspired guesstimate or characterisation of uncertainty. That level.
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One of the more interesting presentations at the recent (5th and 6th November) Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group’s conference was regarding concerns about racing pigeons and the desirability of keeping pigeon racing away from airports. An aircraft arriving at Brisbane airport had struck of flock of pigeons. They were only discovered to be racing pigeons when a metal foot.
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Due diligence is a legal concept.  From the Concise Australian Legal Dictionary, due diligence is, a minimum standard of behaviour involving a system which provides against contravention of relevant regulatory provisions and adequate supervision ensuring that the system is properly carried out. The concept of due diligence has been captured in Corporations law, Environmental Law and now the model Work.
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I was recently part of a panel discussion on electrical energy security and the role of nuclear energy in Australia for the Electrical Energy Society of Australia. The panel consisted of five industry experts covering topics on energy security, nuclear energy, and risk and policy determination. A question and answer session followed the presentations. The opening address was by Senator Sean Edwards.
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It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is almost here.  As part of our end of year wrap up, here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you.

The year started with drinks and canapes to launch the updated version of the 9th edition of the R2A text, Risk & Reliability: Engineering Due Diligence.  The event was well attended by industry colleagues and provided an overview of the general state of affairs in industry.

Richard and I will host a similar event on 10th February 2015 to launch the 10th edition of the text. The 10th edition will include a new chapter on Sustainability Due Diligence as well as expansion of our Project Due Diligence and Safety Due Diligence chapters.

We would love to see you there so pencil the date into your diaries. 

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