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

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

2016 The Year in Review

Tim ProcterConsulting

2016 is almost over, and a new year is fast approaching. R2A has had a great year. Below are some highlights we would like to share with you. In early 2016 we launched the 2016 update of the R2A text, Engineering Due Diligence, at our annual function. This included Richard’s discussion of one of the first prosecutions of an officer … Read More

R2A Event 2017 – Law As Engineering

Gaye FrancisConsulting

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 … Read More

Specialist, Manager or Innovator?

Richard RobinsonConsulting

“The analogy with music is useful because nobody can dispute the fact that there are three types of musician: the composer, the performer and the conductor.  Nor can anybody disagree that there are world-famous musicians who are outstanding in one of these three professions without having outstanding talent for either of the other two.  If we agree on this, we … Read More

Timeline of Key Australian Risk Concepts and Events

Richard RobinsonConsulting

R2A’s recent work on dam safety led us to develop a timeline of key risk and due diligence concepts and events as they have appeared and influenced Australia. This goes some way to explaining the current divergence between the AS/ISO 31000 hazard-based risk management approach, and the common law and WHS Act precaution-based due diligence approach. In essence, both approaches … Read More

Recommended Reading List

Tim ProcterConsulting

R2A maintains a focus on our directors’ continued personal and professional development. One key area of this is exploring new and historical ideas from the wider engineering context. We often find interesting ideas in our reading, with relevant ideas for engineers, especially as they relate to due diligence and good decision-making. Our recent blogs have discussed titles such as: A Field … Read More

Law as Engineering

Richard RobinsonConsulting

A recent book Law as Engineering by English legal academic Professor David Howarth of Cambridge University documents a major change in legal philosophy in the last 10 years or so.  Essentially he notes that these days most (80%+) lawyers do not litigate.  Rather, they design social constructs like contracts, companies and wills to facilitate their clients’ social needs, just like … Read More

When does SFAIRP = ALARP?

Gaye FrancisConsulting

The primary reason for the judicial rejection of target levels of 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 … Read More

RMIA Conference resources

Kerrie CourtsConsulting

RMIA Conference resources We hope that you enjoyed the RMIA conference. Here is Richard’s presentation and Conference paper. If you would like more information or to attend the R2A workshop on the new Health & Safety Act, visit the Workshop page. For more information about the key requirements of the Work Health & Safety Act, read our Whitepaper.