We are in the process of designing and building a new control room at the refinery.
This will replace the building built in the 70s and the control system that has an user interface that doesn't look particularly different from the photographs of when it opened.
I am spending some time this evening preparing for the first Disastrous Dinners talk that will be given tomorrow night.
I believe that about 10 to 15 people have signed up.
Not a massive number of people but hopefully a good number to encourage discussion and socialising after the talk ...
Firstly, apologies for the last minute planning here. The first
Disastrous Dinners Event will be on the 15th of January (a week on
Tuesday). The reason for trying to get it organised in such a short
period of time is to consider with the 100 year anniversary of the
Since the survey has been shared with IChemE members, there have been a over 70 responses, the vast majority of which have been very supportive.
There seems to be a great deal of interest for such an event, mixing both a technical aspect and social setting.
It was also ...
Today has been a day of DIY, mostly painting in the downstairs toilet.
This was a good opportunity to catch up on podcasts and I spent most of the time catching up with the DisasterCast back catalogue.
I don't have much to add except that I found it an ...
While driving around some of the back roads of Connecticut I noticed that in some places they have installed a rumble strip in the centre of the road when there are double white lines signaling that no overtaking should take place.
I decided not to post this on the day of the incident but wait till more was known. There have been too many occasions where comments made in the immediate aftermath of an incident are ultimately unhelpful. A week has passed now and I feel that my comments are still ...
I have recently been thinking on the improvements to safety when self driving
cars become popular and well used.
People generally accept that (given time) these cars are going to be safer than
human driven cars because they won't get distracted.
The worry is that you won't see ...
I am not normally the most health and safety conscious person however I am
uncomfortable with the layout of the classroom I am currently in. All the chairs
and desks are over to the one side of the room and there is a huge amount of
space at the far ...