CRA Senior Consultant, Anthony Bell, shares his thoughts on the 10th Annual CRA Risk and Safety Forum.
CRA held its 10th Annual Risk and Safety Forum on 2-3 October with the theme ‘People, Plant and the Planet: How will Risk and Safety Analysis evolve over the next decade?’ For the second year running it was held at De Vere Cranage Estate in Holmes Chapel.
The event was the 8th CRA Forum that I’ve attended and for many reasons I would say it was the best.
The presentations were varied in their content and came from a variety of companies and industry sectors. The Forum attracted international delegates and speakers, providing diverse insights, broader perspectives and fuelling interesting discussions during the networking breaks.
Picture: Tony Rice from Rolls-Royce Submarines
Day 1 topics included:
• Risk in Deterministic Assessment,
• Outage Planning,
• Residual Risk in Extreme Events,
• Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Extreme Environments,
• CAST (Causal Analysis based on Systems Theory) Accident Analysis Overview,
• An Introduction to The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and
• A very useful desktop PWR simulator running in Microsoft Excel.
There were also panel sessions and opportunities to raise questions.
I especially enjoyed the Robotics and AI with exciting Virtual Technology (VT) presentation and the PWR simulator. The simulator needed to be seen to be believed, specifically that it could be produced in that software (and have the graphical output it did).
Day 1 was rounded off by a very enjoyable drinks reception, dinner and networking.
Picture: Q&A during the Risk & Safety Forum
Day 2 covered topics including:
• How to make judgements with a lack of data,
• The benefits of sharing engineering data,
• Uncertainty of Human Factors data,
• The role of Architect Engineering,
• Information flow in a crisis,
• Executive level Safety Dashboards,
• The UK Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK HPR1000 design,
• Safety Case strategy for Hinkley Point C (HPC) and
• Some examples of Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) application from the US.
The presentation on information flow had some mind boggling (and sobering) numbers regarding the frequency and impact of cyber attacks. The nuclear new build sessions gave food for thought on projects that are at two different stages of development.
Picture: Deborah Yates from the Open Data Institute
It was pleasing to be informed about the continuing development of some risk and safety analysis methodologies and techniques across industries. A more rounded and transparent understanding of both is essential if we are to achieve the technological and environmental goals we strive for.
The Forum was two days well spent and I would recommend anyone in the risk and safety industry to attend.
Speaker presentations from the CRA Risk & Safety Forum 2019 are available for download: CRA Risk & Safety Forum 2019 presentations.
Visit https://crarisk.com/forum/ to see the full agenda and speaker list.