Energy Safety Report Released

Richard RobinsonALARP & SFAIRP, Safety Due Diligence

Energy Safety Report, R2A Article

The Release of the Final Report and Government Response – Review of Victoria’s Electricity and Gas Network Safety Framework has occurred and is available at https://engage.vic.gov.au/electricity-network-safety-review. R2A is quoted a number of times in the report. Two of the key recommendations, supported in principle by the government, are: 34   All energy safety legislation should be consolidated in a single … Read More

Australian Standard 2885, Pipeline Safety & Recognised Good Practice

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence, Risk Management, Uncategorized

Australian Standard 2885, Pipeline Safety and Due Diligence

Australian guidance for gas and liquid petroleum pipeline design guidance comes, to a large extent, from Australian Standard 2885. Amongst other things AS2885 Pipelines – Gas and liquid petroleum sets out a method for ensuring these pipelines are designed to be safe. Like many technical standards, AS2885 provides extensive and detailed instruction on its subject matter. Together, its six sub-titles … Read More

Risk Engineering Body of Knowledge

Richard RobinsonALARP & SFAIRP, Due Diligence, Education, Risk Management, Uncategorized

Risk Engineering Due Diligence

Engineers Australia with the support of the Risk Engineering Society have embarked on a project to develop a Risk Engineering Book of Knowledge (REBoK). Register to join the community. The first REBoK session, delivered by Warren Black, considered the domain of risk and risk engineering in the context risk management generally. It described the commonly available processes and the way … Read More

Role & Responsibility of an Expert Witness

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

Role & Responsibility of an Expert Witness

Arising from a recent expert witness commission, the legal counsel directed R2A’s attention to Makita (Australia) Pty Ltd v Sprowles [2001} NSWCA 305 (14 September 2001), which provides an excellent review of the role and responsibility of an expert witness, at least in NSW.

Engineering As Law

Richard RobinsonConsulting, Due Diligence, Professional Development, Risk Management, Risk Management Process

Both law and engineering are practical rather than theoretical activities in the sense that their ultimate purpose is to change the state of the world rather than to merely understand it. The lawyers focus on social change whilst the engineers focus on physical change. It is the power to cause change that creates the ethical concerns. Knowing does not have … Read More

Engineering Due Diligence Workshops

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

Engineering is the business of changing things, ostensibly for the better. The change aspect is not contentious. Who decides what’s ‘better’ is the primary source of mischief. In a free society, this responsibility is morally and primarily placed on the individual, subject always to the caveat that you shouldn’t damage your neighbours in the process. Otherwise you can pursue personal … Read More

Witness Box Whiteboards?

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

Witness Box Whiteboards / R2A Due Diligence Engineers / Legal Counsel / Engineering Consultants

Engineers tend to think problems through as visual concepts, particularly as a concept sketch or design. This is reflected by a lawyer trained CEO of a water authority: Now that you mention it, I have noticed that if I get between the whiteboard and my engineers they do tend to go mute. That is, for an engineer a picture really … Read More

Engineering Due Diligence Workshop

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

R2A EEA Workshops / Due Diligence / Courses & Training

The learning method at the R2A-EEA public workshops follows a form of the Socratic ‘dialogue’. Typical risk issues and the reasons for their manifestation are articulated and exemplar solutions presented for consideration. The resulting discussion is found to be the best part for participants as they consider how such approaches might be used in their own organisation or projects. Current … Read More

Legal vs Engineered Due Diligence

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

Legal vs Engineered Due Diligence / R2A / Due Diligence Engineering Consultants

The rise of the model Work Health and Safety legislation, and the need for officers to demonstrate due diligence to ensure that their business has all reasonable practicable safety precautions in place, has been interpreted in different ways.