Announcing the sixth and seventh speakers at CRA’s annual Risk Forum on 5th & 6th October 2016 in Stratford upon Avon.
Speaker: Tim Ingram from MMI
Topic: The culture and infrastructure required to automate nuclear processes
Since the inception of the nuclear industry there has been a cyclical dependence and distance from reliance on SQEP operators to undertake tasks. This has numerous effects; however Tim will limit his discussion to a few key examples which serve to demonstrate the impact of reliance on automation to throughput processes and overall plant availability. He will discuss the current trend in the decommissioning sector towards a greater reliance placed upon the operator. This discussion will be balanced by a critique of approaches and standards used in other industry sectors, all of which have a constant trend to automation, and show how the decommissioning sector may learn from this.
Tim is a System Engineer with broad experience supporting operational facilities, as well as those currently being designed across several sectors including the nuclear and defence domains. Tim started his career working on Sellafield’s Mixed Oxide Fuel Plant (SMP) and THORP as a System Engineer responsible for balancing the maintenance, improvements and production requirements. This included a variety of automated systems including centreless grinders, mechanical handling systems; visual recognition QA equipment and dust extract systems.
Tim has also provided Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) for numerous defence projects across land, sea, air and nuclear domains for Urgent Operational Requirements (UOR’s) and Core Programmes. In addition Tim has provided direct support to influence all levels of nuclear and defence supply chains including Army HQ and ONR.
Speaker: Les Ainsworth of CRA/ Synergy
Les is a Human Factors specialist who obtained his PhD in Applied Psychology at Nottingham University in 1975 and has been practicing or lecturing ever since. He has been on the staff at Aston, Cranfield and Ulster Universities and also headed the ergonomics team at Vickers where he was responsible for human design interfaces for Trident. Les was a founding director of Synergy Consultants and now splits his time between Synergy and CRA where he is the highly respected Senior Ergonomics Practitioner.
Topic: The Automation Myth
The Automation Myth will cover the necessity to integrate automation with an operator’s other tasks. Failure to do this can decrease the reliability of the operation and also make it more difficult for an operator to take manual control of a function when needed. This can largely be due to operator boredom and lack of awareness. Les will give guidance upon the level of support needed to ensure a reliable operation of the task.
Les will also take time to explain Performance Shaping Factors (PSFs) which can materially affect the reliability of task performance.
When not improving human practices, Les is a keen rock climber. He spends much of his spare time climbing locally in the UK, but given the chance he is in the Alps or Dolomites. He has also written many climbing guidebooks. He is a honorary member the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) and has played a major part in obtaining access to and environmental protection of many climbing sites in the North West. In 2010, Les was one of 15 people presented with a national Torch award for sport volunteering by the Duke of Gloucester.
The early bird discount finishes at the end of July, so only a few more days to book your place at the reduced cost.