Workshop and symposium identifies and establishes new collaborative research opportunities
On Oct. 18-20, the third annual Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments Workshop and Symposium was held in St. John’s.
Hosted by The Centre for Risk, Integrity and Safety Engineering (C-RISE), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, in collaboration with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB), delegates identified and discussed potential solutions to operational challenges in harsh environments.
The workshop and symposium was a huge success with approximately 150 leading experts from industry and academia coming together to share knowledge and experiences to identify and establish new collaborative research opportunities relevant to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area and other harsh environments.
“The workshop and symposium provides an international platform to share knowledge on safety, risk and integrity management,” said Faisal Khan, founder and director of C-RISE. “Through the sharing of knowledge, we are strengthening our beliefs and taking important steps to developing innovative solutions to prevent failures, incidents and accidents, thus improving safety and integrity. Furthermore, the workshop and symposium is an opportunity to enlighten our understanding of harsh environments and develop a collective action plan to ensure safer designs and operations.”
Dr. Daryl Attwood was one of the keynote speakers at the event. He has worked for various branches of Lloyd’s Register for 27 years, and currently as a senior programme manager with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity established in 2012 which funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life and property. LR is a maritime classification society that specializes in offshore installation and ship rules, which include harsh environment requirements. He spoke about the importance of a flexible, goal based approach and appropriate tools to manage the impact of such environments from design to operations and maintenance of offshore and marine facilities.
“I found the workshop to have been exceptionally well organized, interesting and informative,” said Dr. Attwood. “The variety of speakers and break-out sessions provided an excellent opportunity for individuals to understand the latest thinking in their areas of specialization and also to get an overview of other related areas. I look forward to the next conference, which I understand will be in summer 2019.”
The workshop and symposium also included a special panel focused on the tragic sinking of the Ocean Ranger.
“The panel on the Ocean Ranger was a fitting tribute to such a significant tragic event in the history of our province,” said Dr. Dennis Peters, acting dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, in his remarks at the conference. “This event has, of course, had a lasting impact on Newfoundland and Labrador and has inspired many of the developments in safety practices that we see today. I believe that the people of our province are well-positioned to lead in the development of processes, techniques and technologies to enhance safety in harsh environments, and the work presented at this symposium is a significant part of that. Congratulations to Dr. Khan and the organizing committee on the continuing success of this very important workshop and symposium.”
The next Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments Workshop and Symposium is planned for 2019 in St. John’s.