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30 Years On

  • Engineers Australia WA Auditorium 712 Murray Street West Perth , Western Australia , 6005 Australia (map)

Reflections on Piper Alpha and the significance of 30 years in relation to major hazard facilities today.

About the Speakers:

Ian Stephenson operated and managed major hazard facilities for 45 years. He experienced the Alexander Kielland (1980) and Piper Alpha (1988) emergencies first-hand, gave expert evidence to the Cullen Inquiry and investigated the Petrobras P-36 accident (2001) at the request of the UK government. He has not spoken publicly about his experiences before now.

Brendan Fitzgerald (CEng, FIChemE) has spent 38 years in chemical and process safety engineering across most industry sectors and he is a recognised authority in the disciplines. He attended much of the Cullen Inquiry in support of the legal team for a major equipment supplier. He led the team that disproved one of the two main theories of the accident. He has spoken regularly about what that experience means to him.

Gerry Burke (CEng, MICE) formally qualified and trained as a safety engineer in the nuclear industry in 1984 and is a subject matter expert in major hazards, with 27 years spent exclusively in offshore oil and gas. He had a key role in delivering the world’s first offshore safety cases, and many more since. He speaks to student engineers about the 30-Year catastrophe theory in engineering.

Refreshments provided.

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