R2A Blog

October 10, 2016
Specialist, Manager or Innovator?

“The analogy with music is useful because nobody can dispute the fact that there are three types of musician: the composer, the performer and the conductor.  Nor can anybody disagree that there are world-famous musicians who are outstanding in one of these three professions without having outstanding talent for either of the other two.  If […]

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October 3, 2016
Timeline of Key Australian Risk Concepts and Events

R2A’s recent work on dam safety led us to develop a timeline of key risk and due diligence concepts and events as they have appeared and influenced Australia. This goes some way to explaining the current divergence between the AS/ISO 31000 hazard-based risk management approach, and the common law and WHS Act precaution-based due diligence […]

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September 21, 2016
Should Vic Parliament Cool the Planet to Protect Melbourne?

One of the more interesting philosophical issues arising from the introduction of the model WHS legislation is the question of whether the precautionary principle incorporated in environmental legislation is congruent with the precautionary approach of the model WHS legislation.

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September 7, 2016
Are Australian Standards Becoming Irrelevant?

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.’

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August 30, 2016
Swinburne 2016 Wrap-up

The post-graduate course R2A presents at Swinburne became a core unit in 2016. Over 80 students enrolled in first semester. The course is based around the 2016 edition of the R2A Text. Presenters from R2A included Gaye Francis, Tim Procter, Richard Robinson and Adriaan den Dulk. The enrolment numbers were a step up from previous semesters, […]

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August 16, 2016
Recommended Reading List

R2A maintains a focus on our directors’ continued personal and professional development. One key area of this is exploring new and historical ideas from the wider engineering context. We often find interesting ideas in our reading, with relevant ideas for engineers, especially as they relate to due diligence and good decision-making. Our recent blogs have discussed […]

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July 22, 2016
Engineers Ethical Standing

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 […]

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July 6, 2016
Mixed Messages from Governments on Poles and Wires

According to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), unexpected events that lead to substantial overspend by owners of poles and wires is capped to 30 per cent. The rest can be transferred through to the consumer. That is, it does not have to be budgeted for.

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June 22, 2016
Implications of the Model WHS Legislation

The consequences of the model WHS (Work Health and Safety) legislation on electrical safety are quite startling, but they have not yet been realised.

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June 7, 2016
When is a hazard not a hazard? Or, the issue of failed precautions

… their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel within a wheel. (Ezekiel 1:16) “It’s turtles all the way down!” (Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time)  R2A consults to a wide range of industries. We advise our clients on topics as diverse as safely emptying a 40-metre-tall sugar silo, procuring a […]

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