Engineers Australia November 2014

Gaye Francis

“Understanding the WHS dilemma: Don’t be a test case” The underlying assumption in ‘The WHS dilemma for design engineers’ article is that ‘risk’ is a wholly scientific concept. View the article.

Sourceable Articles

Gaye Francis

Richard regularly publishes articles on Sourceable, a platform that connects the world’s professional by delivering a comprehensive online vehicle to learn, interact and share. “Explaining Engineering Judgement” “Regulators Put Cost Before Safety” “Scientific Management and the AER” “Design Safety Decisions Don’t Disappear” “Engineering’s Golden Rule” “Everyone is Entitled to Protection – But not Always the Same Level of Risk” “Legal … Read More

Operations Due Diligence // Best Practice Model

Gaye Francis

Senior decision makers are always seeking improvements to efficiency and productivity in operations, including mines, plants and other systems. Staff are encouraged to present them. But the value of the proposed upgrades is often not transparently presented in a way that can be readily interpreted by management, shareholders, boards, accountants and lawyers. Operations Due Diligence has been successfully applied by … Read More

Safety Due Diligence // Work Health & Safety Act 2012

Gaye Francis

In reality, to be safe means to be free from harm. In court, safe means that, despite something apparently unsafe having happened, due diligence has been demonstrated. In engineering terms this means that to be safe requires managing the laws of nature in a way that is consistent with the laws of man and in that order. Through the R2A … Read More

Project Insights // Identifying Potential Show Stoppers

Gaye Francis

Critical to Australia’s continued growth is the delivery of large infrastructure projects and the procurement of fit for purpose plant and equipment in a timely and cost effective manner. But many fail to deliver. There are many reasons cited including: Lack of clear links to strategic outcomes Lack of effective stakeholder engagement Lack of senior management support Specialist groups within … Read More

Tunnel // Risk Assessment & Mitigation Strategies

Gaye Francis

In Australia, there appears to be no single agreed approach to tunnel design and fire protection. Even within the states there are different criteria and approaches. Over the years, R2A have been engaged to complete risk studies for a number of tunnel projects. We believe that the process successfully applied to the Tugun Bypass Tunnel in Queensland, is best practice.

Critical Infrastructure Review

Gaye Francis

Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) commissioned R2A to undertake a critical infrastructure due diligence review to ensure that all reasonable practicable precautions were in place to provide adequate water supplies to GAWB bulk customers. The review identified critical infrastructure, key threat scenarios and the possible precautionary options.

Rockfalls In Cuttings

Gaye Francis

Large rocks falling onto tracks in cuttings are a major hazard that affects many Australian railways. A train colliding with a large rock can potentially result in significant loss of life and major service interruptions. Railcorp, in trying to resolve the rock fall issue at Lapstone Cutting, initially took the traditional hazard based approach. This was unable to solve the … Read More

Airspace Collision Risk Model

Gaye Francis

Following on-going safety concerns, the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Association labelled Taupo airport in New Zealand a ‘black star’ or critically deficient airport. At the time it was the only black star airport with 11 special operating procedures in the world. R2A were engaged as part of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) study team to complete a generative and … Read More