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November 18, 2015
Racing Pigeon Airport Airspace Flight Controls

One of the more interesting presentations at the recent (5th and 6th November) Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group’s conference was regarding concerns about racing pigeons and the desirability of keeping pigeon racing away from airports. An aircraft arriving at Brisbane airport had struck of flock of pigeons. They were only discovered to be racing pigeons […]

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September 23, 2015
Safety in Design - A Due Diligence Perspective

Due diligence is a legal concept.  From the Concise Australian Legal Dictionary, due diligence is, a minimum standard of behaviour involving a system which provides against contravention of relevant regulatory provisions and adequate supervision ensuring that the system is properly carried out. The concept of due diligence has been captured in Corporations law, Environmental Law […]

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June 18, 2015
Precautionary Principle vs Precautionary Approach: What's the Difference?

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. The precautionary principle is typically articulated as: If there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental […]

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May 18, 2015
Risk vs Due Diligence: Why a Finnish community lobbied for a backyard reactor

I was recently part of a panel discussion on electrical energy security and the role of nuclear energy in Australia for the Electrical Energy Society of Australia. The panel consisted of five industry experts covering topics on energy security, nuclear energy, and risk and policy determination. A question and answer session followed the presentations. The […]

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April 20, 2015
Risk Management Standard Squabble

An interesting article in the European Commercial Risk Europe discusses the squabble between the use of ISO 31000 and the COSO ERM Cube shown below. COSO ERM Cube Essentially the point being made is that the failure to adopt a single approach creates confusion and loss of traction in the market place. From R2A’s perspective, […]

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February 13, 2015
What is Due Diligence Engineering (part 2)

A previous blog noted that due diligence engineering is the reverse engineering of the decisions of our courts.  The overall context to this observation is worth exploring. 

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February 12, 2015
Client and Colleagues Event Details 2015

Gaye and I are pleased to host the next R2A client and colleague event on 10th February 2015. We will be launching our 10th edition text at the event as well as outlining the outlook for 2015 in light of recent publications such as the safety case guidelines. The 10th edition will include a new […]

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November 19, 2014
2014 The Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is almost here.  As part of our end of year wrap up, here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you.

The year started with drinks and canapes to launch the updated version of the 9th edition of the R2A text, Risk & Reliability: Engineering Due Diligence.  The event was well attended by industry colleagues and provided an overview of the general state of affairs in industry.

Richard and I will host a similar event on 10th February 2015 to launch the 10th edition of the text. The 10th edition will include a new chapter on Sustainability Due Diligence as well as expansion of our Project Due Diligence and Safety Due Diligence chapters.

We would love to see you there so pencil the date into your diaries. 

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October 26, 2014
Project Due Diligence

Each year, the R2A Board reviews the R2A practice, what it is and how it achieves.  The Board notes that the directors always feel that what they and the practice do ‘makes a difference’, not just to our clients but to the overall way business is conducted in Australia.

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October 23, 2014
Implications of the model WHS legislation post the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program

The consequences of the WHS legislation on electrical safety is quite startling, but not yet realised.  The legislation requires that risks to health and safety should be eliminated, so far as is reasonably practicable. 

For instance, a bane of electrical regulators is the home handyman working in a roof space and fiddling with the 240V conductors.  The deaths arising from the home insulation Royal Commission also spring to mind.

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