IET And ESAS 2018

The IET Functional Safety TPN has been a partner organisation for the 2018 Environment & Safety Assurance Symposium, the UK MOD's flagship equipment safety and environmental protection event.  Held at the Defence Equipment & Support headquarters at MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol, it is attended by around 200 people from the MOD, industry and academia over two days.

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Disruptive World Challenges
ESAS hosts MOD and industry delegates.  The 2018 theme is “Disruptive World Challenges” – focusing on agility in Defence safety and environmental decision making and considering the effects of disruptive technologies in a disruptive world.

Topics included:
•    Autonomous systems
•    The future of regulation – using new technologies to promote safety
•    Safety and sustainability post Brexit
•    Digital assurance cases
•    Learning lessons from Defence accident investigation
•    Proportionality and complex systems
•    Safe and secure data systems
•    Human factors in the digital world
•    Risk reduction judgement tools and techniques
•    Contracting for safety and sustainability
•    Environmental Defence standard
•    Cyber safe & secure infrastructure
•    Safety of systems using artificial intelligence

Keynote speakers included:
Air Marshal Julian Young CB, OBE, FREng, Chief of Materiel (Air), MOD
Dr Sam Healy, MICRS Corporate Responsibility Director, QinetiQ
Paul Skinner, CBE Non-Executive Defence Board Member and Chair of the Defence Equipment & Support Board
Jonathan Cook, PhD MSc MBA Bsc CEng Corporate Engineering Function Manager, DE&S
John Allan, Technical Head of Quality Safety and Environmental Protection, MOD

ESAS 2018 Environmental & Safety Innovation Awards
Sponsored by the IET and IIRSM, the Safety and Environmental Management Awards were a new aspect introduced at the 2016 ESAS conference.  This year's awards were presided over by Paul Skinner CBE, Chair of the Defence Equipment & Support Board and a non-executive member of the Defence Board, with the IET presenting the award for ‘Innovation in Safety’ to an individual or team.   The competition for the 2018 defence environmental and safety management innovation awards received a high number of submissions and was tough to judge, but the panel agreed unanimously on the winner.

Safety Innovation Category Winner - Sponsored by the IET
Title - Foreign MOTS Stores Certification Tool Set
Winning Team - Frazer-Nash Consultancy and DE&S Airworthiness Team (DAT)

Frazer-Nash in conjunction with the DAT have developed a standardised integrated approach to regulatory compliance and certification for foreign Military off the Shelf (MOTS) stores. The novel approach was developed for the P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft and exploited for the AH-64E Helicopter. The method is being integrated into the DAT's generic airworthiness tool set (ASPIRE); this will help provide a DE&S route map through the various aircraft and stores regulations when needing to use United States stores evidence. This tool kit also improves collaboration and risk understanding across the defence domains.

Representatives from Frazer-Nash and the DAT receiving the IET
Innovation in Safety Award from Brian Penfold, Chair IET
Functional Safety TPN

IET Representation
The IET Safety TPN were also heavily involved in the conference through our volunteers in their day jobs.  James Inge (Vice Chair) was chairing the session on Tools and Techniques in his role as Deputy Head, QSEP for DE&S, Dr Nektarios Karanikas (Executive Team Member) was speaking on 'Assumptions in System Analysis' from the Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Dr Mark Nicholson (Executive Team Member) was representing the University of York and the Safety Critical Systems Club, Brian Penfold (Chair) was representing the IET on the stand and speaking on Professional Registration and Andy German (Executive Team Member) was there with SNC Lavalin Atkins as the key partner and event organiser. 

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James Inge,  IET Safety Vice-Chair                            Nektarios Karanikas, IET Safety Exec Team Member

Posted by Lynsay Callaghan on Sep 20, 2018 10:49 AM Europe/London


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