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Solent Branch

Welcome to the SaRS Solent Branch home page

Forthcoming Events

The 2017/2018 Solent Branch event calendar begins in September.

Next Talk:

15th January 2019 at 1800 for 1830 stary (2000 approx finish)

Speaker: Ian Travers

Venue: BMT Defence & Security, 1600 Parkway, Whiteley PO15 7AH

Layers of Protection Analysis

Layers of Protection Analysis studies, LOPAs, are commonly used to decide on the suitability of the protection provided by safety systems and particularly programable electric systems which have a certified level of performance or Safety Integrity Level, SIL.

Complex and detailed analysis studies such as LOPA are fraught is difficulties and pitfalls. Ian will reflect on his 30 years’ experience in HSE major hazards regulation to take a step by step walk through of the key stages of a LOPA study to highlight the important decisions needed and the opportunities for significant mis-judgements

Please contact Alan Bennett for more details:

Date Speaker Topic Venue
16th October 2018


4 speakers from local companies and Universities SaRS Developing Practitioners Event BMT Defence & Security, 1600 Parkway, Whiteley PO15 7AH
November 20th 2018


Bob Wealthy (Solent Sky Museum) Museum Visit and talk on the Saunders Roe Princess Flying Boat Project  Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, SO14 3FR
January 15th 2019


Ian Travers Layers of Protection Analysis  BMT Defence & Security, 1600 Parkway, Whiteley PO15 7AH
February 19th 2019


Simon Stevens (ZFConnekt) Cyber Security  BMT Defence & Security, 1600 Parkway, Whiteley PO15 7AH
March 19th 2019


Iain Davison (Atkins) Reliability & Maintainability Modelling Best Practice  Atkins, Royal Pavilion Aldershot, GU11 1PZ
April 16th 2019

(+ AGM ?)


Rob Smithers (Atkins) Blockchain in Defence  Atkins, Royal Pavilion Aldershot, GU11 1PZ

These events are open to non-members and visitors, who are most welcome. Evening talks will commence at 1830.

As with all SaRS branches, the branch covers a wide range of industries and organisations which include marine regulation, naval design and support, Air Traffic Management (ATM), navigation and avionics manufactures, airports operators and defence industries.

SaRS Solent Branch covers central southern England below the M4 corridor from Dorset and Wiltshire in the West, to Sussex and outer London in the East.

Lectures address topics which are of relevance to Safety and Reliability Professionals and are an excellent method of keeping informed of current developments; additionally the meetings are an ideal networking opportunity.Since its formation Solent Branch has each year held a series of evening lectures, these lectures are normally held on the third Tuesday of the month between September and May each year. These events are open to non members and visitors are most welcome. The branch events calendar year runs from September to May each year. 

Who to contact for more information   

For further information on the Solent Branch (including events), please contact the secretary, John Pearce:

Tel: 01252 738567

Recent events run by the Branch have included:

  • Rich Wilby from BMT discussed “Airline safety culture and the introduction of new aircraft”. For more information, please see the flyer.
  • A presentation on Modelling of Service Availability by Iain Davison
  • A visit to and presentation by Ordnance Survey


Chairman: John Blake

Secretary: John Pearce

Treasurer: Mike Sleath