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.

Update on Victoria’s Energy Safety Framework Review

Gaye FrancisEngineering Consultants

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. The interim report was released in October and can … Read More

Scientific Management and the AER

Tim ProcterEngineering Consultants

Scientific management appeared as a formalised concept in 1910. In its idealised form it involved observing workers performing tasks, identifying potential efficiencies that could be gained in time or effort, and implementing changes. This was followed, of course, by scientific management consultants invoicing businesses for these services. This approach (including the invoicing) seems to have been first implemented by Frederick … Read More

Engineering Coming Into Focus

Tim ProcterDue Diligence, Engineering Consultants

Doctor Iain McGilchrist will soon be in Australia to present to the 2017 Annual Conferences of Judges of the Federal and Supreme Courts of Australia. Dr McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and a former reader in English at Oxford University. Dr McGilchrist’s most recent book, The Master and His Emissary, has been discussed in an illustrated TED talk and is also … Read More

Engineering’s Golden Rule

Tim ProcterEngineering Consultants

The Golden Rule, or the rule of reciprocity, states that one should treat others as one would wish to be treated. It is an astonishingly widespread maxim, appearing in some form in virtually every major religion and belief system.

Are Australian Standards Becoming Irrelevant?

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a standard is “an authoritative or recognised exemplar of correctness, perfection, or some definite degree of any quality.” Of course, this is but one of several definitions, and there seems to be at least five types of ‘standards.’

Engineers Ethical Standing

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

A recent edition of the SFPE (Society of Fire protection Engineers of the USA) magazine had an interesting study on professional ethics.  Possibly the most arresting image is shown above on the public perception of honesty and ethics. The result is from a Gallup poll where respondents were asked to rate the honesty and ethics of the groups concerned with the … Read More

Hazards Fester whilst Precautions Boil

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

One of the most interesting aspects of the precautionary approach to safety risk is that innovation is encouraged, whilst with the hazard based approach using tolerable or acceptable risk levels, innovation falters and festers. The reason is simple. Having demonstrated that an acceptable target level of risk or safety has been achieved, annual safety reviews become a chest beating exercise … Read More