Thursday, 30 May 2013

HAZOP Chairman / HAZOP Training

A hazard and operability study or HAZOP is a "what-if"procedure for checking the safety of a proposed design prior to commencing construction.

I have done a good amount of HAZOP training and teaching, as well as some HAZOP chairman work, and I have received enquiries this week for both HAZOP training and HAZOP chairman roles in the Gulf region in Autumn 2013.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Expert Witness: New Instruction: Package Plant

New instruction today regarding an expert witness report for a packaged effluent treatment plant installed at a pub, combining several things which I have seen many times before:

1. Foaming
2. Fats, oils and grease
3. Inept installation
4. Inept specification
5. Monkeys passing themselves off as engineers

The level of ineptitude at this site is however quite special...

Friday, 10 May 2013

Expert Witness : Joint Statement

The joint statement I have been preparing with the water plc's expert under CPR Part 35 rules goes into the court today.

It has been interesting to note the apparent difference between the logic of engineering and the sort of things which a court can find pertinent. 

The essence of the complaint is to do with whether a plant is causing odour, noise and fly nuisance, and whether any such nuisance has occurred as the result of  poor design or operation of the plant.

To an engineer, what matters is the propensity of the particular technology on the site to be prone to such nuisances, how well the plant was operated, and how well it was designed.

To the court, it seems that there are other considerations, which an engineer might classify more as rhetorical than logical.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Package Plants Again...

Just got off the 'phone for a representative of the management company who have taken over the plant under a playground we modified and recommissioned a while back. Still running well, according to his account. We're going to offer them ongoing support.

We have done quite a few of these upgrade/ recommissioning jobs now on undersized/ badly specified package sewage treatment plants, and they are all still working well. As far as I know, we are the only ones offering this service.

We've also had an expert witness enquiry to do with package plant problems, as is so often the case specified and installed by monkeys who went bust not long after taking the client's money.

If you want to save yourself money, involve an expert at specification stage. Salesmen for package plant companies are not generally speaking any more professional engineers than the guy on the yard at Jewsons. You should not assume that their opinion will count as professional advice in court, and you will in any case find that they aren't actually guaranteeing anything. Neither should you assume that they will still be in business to deliver on any promises they might make.