Managing Critical Risk Issues: Synthesising Liability Management with the Risk Management Standard

Gaye FrancisALARP & SFAIRP, Critical Risk Issues, Risk Management

Managing Critical Risk, R2A Article

The importance of organisations managing critical risk issues has been highlighted recently with the opening hearings of the coronial inquest into the 2016 Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy that killed four people. In a volatile world, boards and management fret that some critical risk issues are neither identified nor managed effectively, creating organisational disharmony and personal liabilities for senior … Read More

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

How did it get to this? Project risk versus company liability

Tim ProcterDue Diligence, Engineering Consultants, Risk Management, Risk Management Process

Disclosure: Tim Procter worked in Arup’s Melbourne office from 2008 until 2016. Shortly after Christmas a number of media outlets reported that tier one engineering consulting firm Arup had settled a major court case related to traffic forecasting services they provided for planning Brisbane’s Airport Link tunnel tollway. The Airport Link consortium sued Arup in 2014, when traffic volumes seven … Read More

The Art of Communicating Engineering Judgement

Tim ProcterConsulting, Education, Professional Development

Tim Procter shares his experience as a graduate engineer developing engineering judgement and his approach to communicating this knowledge to various stakeholders. This article was originally published at Engineering Education Australia. As a graduate engineer (some years ago) moving from university to the workplace I was surprised to discover just how vast and varied engineering knowledge actually is. After completing … Read More

2017: The Year in Review

Gaye FrancisEngineering Consultants

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close and 2018 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.