The Safety & Reliability Society (SaRS) webinar programme is brought to you by the SaRS Webinar Working Group (WWG) with the objectives of: Providing high quality cross industry learning on interesting safety and reliability (S&R) topics, Promoting the message of a safer and more reliable world, Encouraging greater participation in the development of S&R across all industries, Providing presenting, career development and CPD opportunities to individual S&R practitioners, Broadening the reach of SaRS and encouraging more S&R professionals to get involved with the Society, Helping to meet the charitable aims of the Society

As with all SaRS groups the WWG consists enthusiastic S&R professionals who volunteer their time to help promote S&R across all industries. The members of WWG are: Simon Burwood – Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd., Jibril Okin – Process/Technical Safety Engineering Consultant, Colin Dennis (Chair) – SaRS, Louise Whiting – Barberton Ltd, Harry Moss – formerly with BP, Samia Jelley-Shaikh – WSP and Wayne Leikertas – Jacobs

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1. London Branch – A ‘Chadwick’ to solve today’s building miasma

Tuesday 7th December 2021 at 18:00 UK time. To register for the webinar please click here

Covid has shown that our current buildings are not developed to ensure the health of their occupants.  We now need to find the ‘Chadwick’, ‘Snow’ and ‘Bazalgette’ for building ventilation and occupant health. An example of this need is a recent BBC programme ‘How good ventilation dramatically reduces the risk of inhaling tiny airborne pathogens’:

For those who have not followed this long running story, Edwin Chadwick is renowned for his work, starting a huge change in urban sanitation and public health (but believing the cause of the illnesses was miasma). His work led to the Public Health Act 1848. John Snow realised that it was dirty water that was to blame not Chadwick’s miasma, and clean water supplies were needed.  Joseph Bazalgette was then involved in building the sewers that served much of London until very recently.   To learn more watch

Join us for what promises to be an interesting and wide ranging meeting when our three speakers will talk about the three miasma related subjects of building risk management, building ventilation and train ventilation.

The webinar will be presented by:

Paul Waldeck – PP-L Biosafety, Peter Bell – Marlowe Group and James Wright – RSSB

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2. Midlands Branch – Incident to Improvement – RESCHEDULED

Thursday 9th December 2021 at 17:30 UK time. To register for the webinar please click here

Mandatory reading for all signal engineers is Red For Danger by L.T.C Rolt where it can be seen that the majority of change to the railway has been reactive. In this presentation Peter Sheppard will talk through a number of key accidents where changes made were hoped to prevent a recurrence. Peter will discuss where there were emergent properties and “Boiling Frogs” that have caused improvements to incur (including making a cuppa at the wrong moment!)

In essence the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment requires safety engineers to consider “all reasonably foreseeable hazards” this presentation considers some hazards that have occurred but were not “reasonably foreseeable” but still occurred!

The webinar will be presented by:

Peter Sheppard CEng., FSaRS, FIET, FIRSE. Peter has been a signalling engineer for 43 years and spent the last 35 years as a safety engineer looking at both signalling systems and products. He has been fortunate to be involved with (in the railway industry at least) what can be considered “leading edge” including Birmingham Maglev, the original Docklands Light Railway signalling system, Manchester Metrolink and the first major application of axle counters (300+ sections) on Network Rail to name but a few,. He has worked in the UK, but also on many projects abroad. He semi-retired in June this year and now runs Sheppard Safety Engineering Consultancy.

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3. Solent Branch – Spares Optimisation for Multiple Maintenance Regimes

Tuesday 14th December at 18:00 UK time. To register for the webinar please click here

This presentation outlines the approach taken to improve spares inventory management and define sparing requirements within a client’s computerised maintenance management system. Reviews of materials for each equipment item (bills of materials) were necessary, and where required the client’s master list of materials was updated to capture attributes and specifications of missing materials. Having established the completeness of the bills of materials, maintenance procedures were used to identify relevant spare parts required for planned maintenance at each equipment location. The final stage of the project involved optimising spare material quantities using analytical methods, to minimise under- or over-ordering for maintenance materials. To carry out this analysis, equipment criticality ratings needed to be determined using a high-level failure modes, effects and criticality assessment (FMECA).

The project covered three maintenance regimes. Two of these maintenance regimes are carried out at pre-defined intervals determined by the client’s operations and maintenance strategy, namely preventive and on-condition maintenance. Ad-hoc replacement of parts following failures are also considered in the analysis, using historical work order data to account for corrective maintenance.

The webinar will be presented by:

Philip Xenakis, Atkins. Philip is a chartered chemical engineer with safety and reliability experience across various domains, including the nuclear and petrochemical industries. He has carried out a variety of quantitative risk assessments for onshore and offshore projects, including consequence modelling for processing facilities as well as pipelines. He has also constructed RAM models to determine overall system availability, leading to identification of design weaknesses and subsequent modifications suggested to clients to improve system performance.

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4. Solent Branch – Designing a mandated, proactive, reliability process customised to the railway infrastructure in Britain

Thursday 27th January 2022 at 18:00 UK time. To register for the webinar please click here

Kevin Rayment from Network Rail will outline the mandated Design for Reliability (DFR) process that has been created and introduced to give increased levels of confidence in the reliability of new or modified products being introduced onto the Rail infrastructure in Britain. He will explain why this was introduced, the challenges faced, the process steps and how the process has been made scalable for different situations.

The webinar will be presented by:

Kevin Rayment, BEng(Hons) MSc CEng FIMechE. Kevin is an IMechE Fellow who gained his passion for continuous improvement at Ford Motor Company. His MSc in Advanced Automotive Engineering gained him a patent for an intelligent system which identifies squeak and rattle issues using frequency finger-printing. As part of Ford’s world class Engineering Quality Improvement Programme, he trained and supported engineers and managers in Total Quality Management tools such as SPC, Design of Experiments, FMEA, Problem Solving, Quality Function Deployment and Robustness. This allowed him to build an extensive portfolio of successful projects, including winning Ford’s prestigious President’s Customer Driven Quality Award twice. Kevin was on the first waves of Ford’s Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt training and then headed up and deployed Six Sigma into foundries, V-Engine plants, Automatic Transmission Design and Diesel Engineering. Following time as the Quality and Reliability Supervisor for European Diesel Engines fitted into Jaguar vehicles, Kevin joined Network Rail to deliver their Maintenance Six Sigma Programme leading to very significant signed-off savings. To gain non-engineering, transactional experience, Kevin became Senior Business Improvement Manager in Contracts and Procurement and reducing a process from 3 days to 18 seconds. A role as Reliability Improvement Manager for Signalling, led him to identify the need, write and gain stakeholder approval for Network Rail’s mandated Design for Reliability Standard, integrating reliability tools into the design process. He has briefed and taught this to Network Rail, suppliers and European Infrastructure Management companies. Kevin received a Network Rail Technical Fellowships at level 2, for experience and knowledge in the fields of quality and reliability. He is also Deputy Chair of the IMechE’s Safety and Reliability Work Group.

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