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Plenary #5: Executing an Effective Risk Management Program
Risk management is critical to all industries, as well as laboratory environments, but unfortunately it sometimes requires a disaster to remind us of this fact. Each and every individual is in the risk management business, and each person must take responsibility to identify and recognize the elements of risk in their respective operations or activities. No one can afford to ignore the risks in their activities or assume that someone else will address the risk exposures. Once risk is identified, we all have a responsibility to understand the consequences associated with the failure to address the risk by finding economically viable solutions that either eliminate the risk, mitigate it, or find a way to manage it to an acceptable level.
Commander (retired), U.S. Navy
Norman Ritchie (Moderator)
Director, vPSI Group, LLC
Breakout Session #6A: Suicide and Fatigue in Construction & Other Industries—Something We Need to Talk About
This panel is set to discuss mental health, depression, and suicide in various industries. A great place to begin approaching the topic of well-being is simply just that: start the conversation. Encourage a new era of dialogue around mental and physical health, and ask for everyone to take ownership of their own well-being and to keep an eye out for any concerning signs and symptoms in their workmates and colleagues.
Owner and President, Brent Darnell International
Brent Darnell is the pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the construction industry. He began teaching it in 1999 before the AEC industry knew they needed it. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record-breaking program that “transforms alpha males into service-focused leaders.” In 2017, he also won the volunteer of the year award for AGC Georgia for his work in training and development. Darnell is a third-generation construction guy. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his dad. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1981 and spent 18 years managing projects such as the Brooke Army Medical Center and housing for athletes in the Olympic Village in Atlanta. The impact of Darnell’s unique programs spans the globe to 20 countries from the US to places such as New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Cape Town, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Prague, London, and as far away as Hong Kong. He has worked at the national level with AEC support organizations, and he has authored many books geared to the construction industry such as The People Profit Connection and The Tough Guy Survival Kit. Darnell has recently developed the world’s first online e-learning courses on emotional intelligence and soft skills for the AEC industry.
Campbell Institute at National Safety Council
Breakout Session #6B: Incident Investigation
The importance of conducting effective incident investigations is to prevent future incidents by understanding and learning from past experiences, including incidents and near misses. An effective incident investigation program includes: timely and accurate reporting and classification of safety events; understanding what happened; identifying the root causes and contributing factors; discussing recommendations and follow-up actions; and sharing of lessons learned to prevent recurrence. The underlying facts, root causes, and contributing factors of events over time, or across sites and organizations, must then be analyzed for trends in an effort to identify potential broader, systemic implications for things like procedures, design standards, and practices.
Shakeel H. Kadri (Moderator)
Executive Director and CEO of the Chemical Process Safety Center (CCPS®)
As a world leader in process safety, Shakeel H. Kadri, Executive Director and CEO of the Chemical Process Safety Center (CCPS®), brings nearly 40 years of broad industry experience, with a strong focus on improving process safety. Kadri came to CCPS in January 2015 as executive director. CCPS is an industrial technology alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In nearly five years at CCPS, Kadri has been expanding CCPS globally and driving the CCPS mission to minimize significant process safety incidents globally. Before this role, Kadri spent 36 years at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. In his most recent role there as director of Global Process Safety and Risk Management, which he held for twelve years, Kadri was instrumental in building their global process safety team, raised company’s process safety risk awareness and focus globally, revitalized process safety performance measurement culture and developed a strong industry engagement. Prior to this role, Kadri also held leadership positions in Process Engineering, Technology, Operations, Quality and HSE. Kadri is a Fellow of AIChE and a Fellow of CCPS. He is very engaged with the industry and its stakeholder. Kadri has actively served on process safety committees of the American Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum Institute, the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, the International Council of Chemicals Associations, the Compressed Gas Association, the European Industrial Gases and Association, and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association.
Director of Safety for Kirby Corporation, Distribution and Services
Tom Knode, SPE, is the director of safety for Kirby Corporation, Distribution and Services. He previously worked for vPSI Group, Athlon Solutions, on contract for Statoil, and before that, he was with Halliburton for 25 years. Knode has had regional and global responsibilities for the oversight of HSE and introduced programs to improve performance through enhanced HSE leadership and technical requirements. He was the technical director of health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility for SPE from 2008 to 2011, has been co-chairperson of five SPE HSE conferences, and has coauthored more than 20 technical papers and articles. He is a member of the SPE Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) Editorial Committee representing HSE. Knode holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Texas Christian University and master’s degree in geology from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Adjunct Professor, Stanford University
Richard Sears is adjunct professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He began his career as a geophysicist in Houston with Shell Oil Company in 1976. During his 33 years with Shell Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell, Sears acquired significant domestic and international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, holding technical and managerial positions including exploration geophysicist, technical instructor, economist, strategic advisor and planner, and general management. In 2010, he joined the staff of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling as senior science and engineering advisor and chief scientist and is a co-author of the Commission’s Chief Counsel’s Report which details the technical and managerial failures leading to the blowout and spill. Sears is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Gulf Research Program, a 30-year, science-based research program administered by the National Academy of Sciences that is focused on offshore energy system safety and the protection of human health and the environment. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering Committee reviewing the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s offshore oil and gas facility inspection program. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degree in geophysics from Stanford University and is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas.
Breakout Session #6C: Identifying Critical Issues During the Review of Lift Plans for Cranes and Alternative Lifting Methods
This will be a facilitated panel discussion on identifying critical issues that can be found during the review lift plans that may affect safe crane and rigging operations. Focus will be on topics such as tandem lifts and upending operations, ground bearing and load spreading, use of hydraulic gantries and lifting frames, use of hydraulic platform transporters, rigging selection considerations, and lifting with ship’s cranes. Discussions will highlight critical items that can be incorporated into a prepared jobsite pre-lift checklist to ensure a safe lift. In addition, the panel will discuss key ideas for the sensor technology and the benefits and challenges related to the use of sensing systems.
Technical Director, Industrial Training International
Joe Kuzar has 22 years of experience in overhead and mobile crane operation and inspection, light and heavy equipment operation, rigging applications and rigging gear inspection, lift planning, safety management and crane and rigging accident investigation and auditing.
Human-Machine Engineering Manager, Transocean
Travis McGuire leads the Transocean team developing engineering solutions for human-machine interaction, including a drill floor safety system. He previously served as an assistant rig manager for five years and notably delivered the best-in-class Deepwater Conqueror drillship from the shipyard. He joined Transocean as a projects engineer in 2010. Prior, he worked at CB&I. Travis holds an MBA from University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering from The Ohio State University.
Interim Executive Authority, U.S. Chemical Safety Board
Timothy (Tim) L. Parker, PE, PMP, M.ASCE is a civil engineer that has worked in the rigging and heavy transportation industry since 1982. Parker is the chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Institute’s Crane Safety Sub‐Committee of the Construction Safety Committee. Since 2008, as principal at Parker Consulting Engineers, LLC, Parker has specialized in rigging and heavy transportation engineering, mainly in the power generation sector. He has designed and managed projects worldwide that utilize heavy transport by ship, barge, rail, and truck, as well as heavy lifting with cranes and alternative lifting methods. Parker is a licensed Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Washington. In 2018, after 36 years, Tim retired as president of Parker Rigging Company, Inc., a rigging, crane rental, steel fabrication and erection company. Later that same year, he accepted the position of District Mechanical Engineer for the South Carolina Department of Transportation District 6 where he oversees the District’s fleet of equipment and shops, capital improvements and serves at the District Safety Coordinator. Tim in an adjunct instructor for The School of Engineering at his alma mater, The Citadel. Tim is a member of Specialized Carrier and Rigging Association (SC&RA), Structural Engineers Association (SEA), and American Welding Society (AWS). Besides being a PE, Tim also holds a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He also maintains his certification as a mobile crane operator and certified welder.
Lunch Break and Networking
Plenary Session #7: The Role of Technology & Innovation in Improving Safety Performance
Over the years we have seen a dramatic improvement in safety (and environmental) performance through the implementation of new technologies. While some of these technologies help mitigate the outcome of an incident such as seat belts and air bags, others help prevent the incident or take the worker out of a harmful situation. We have developed vehicles that can be remotely driven or piloted to conduct inspections and replace workers at height and in hazmat gear. Innovations such as robots to maneuver heavy equipment can help with safety and quality in manufacturing. What innovations are in the works and what should we expect to see in the future that will help improve safety in our working environment? We also must ask, what new risk might we introduce with these new technologies?
Human-Machine Engineering Manager, Transocean
Chenn Qian Zhou
Founding Director, Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation and the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Northwest
Chenn Qian Zhou is the founding director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation and the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, as well a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University Northwest (PNW). She joined PNW in 1994 after three years of industrial experience. Zhou has more than 38 years of experience in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, combustion, energy, multiphase reacting flows, and air pollution control. She is on the cutting edge in the integration of computer simulation and AR/VR visualization technology to provide innovative solutions for solving real world issues related to energy, environment, safety, and training in steel and other industries. Zhou has conducted a large number of funded research projects totaling over $21 million and collaborated with many experts from over 140 organizations including academia, national laboratories, and industries, resulted in more than 350 technical papers and over $40 million savings for companies. Zhou has been a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 2003, and a Fellow of the Innovation Society since 2005. She has been very active in professional societies. Zhou received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in power engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
Global Process Safety Technical Advisor, Baker Hughes
Terrance Sookdeo is the global process safety technical advisor for Baker Hughes. He has over 26 years of industry experience. After spending 12 years working at the wellsite as a senior engineer he moved into operations, reliability engineering and risk management. Terrance is trained in industrial engineering, Lean Six Sigma, and business administration.
Breakout Session #8A: Preparing University Students for Industry
The transition from a university environment to industry can be an eye-opener for students—unless they are prepared in the advance for the challenges they will face. This session will explore what can and should be done to effectively prepare students to enter the workforce from a safety perspective, as well as how modern technology can be applied in industry to improve safety. This session will also explore what lessons from industry can be applied to improve safety and instill a safety culture at the personal level, for those who are working in a university or laboratory environment.
General Secretary, National Academy of Construction
Wayne A. Crew, P.E., NAC, is the general secretary of the National Academy of Construction. Prior to his current position, he was the director of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the renowned research institute based at The University of Texas at Austin. He has over 45 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry and has worked for both owner and contractor firms as well as in research. Early in his career, he served in project management and engineering positions for two large owner companies, Amoco Chemical Corporation and Michigan Chemical Corporation. Later he served in executive positions at engineering giants Technip USA, KBR, and B&R. His roles in research included serving as director of research at CII and then as director of CII. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Houston and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan. He is active in the ACE Mentor Program, serving on both the group’s national board of directors and the Austin, Texas, board of directors. He also has served in many capacities in his church and with the Boy Scouts of America. Wayne has a keen interest in improving the engineering and construction industry through development and implementation of best practices. Working with Virginia Tech faculty in the aftermath of the tragic 2007 campus shooting there, he created a graduate best practices class taught by industry lecturers and practitioners. That course is now offered to the industry at large through the Construction Industry Institute (CII).
Sunstate Chair in Construction Management and Engineering, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and Professor, Arizona State University.
Edd Gibson is currently a professor and holds the Sunstate Chair in Construction Management and Engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University. From 2010 to 2018, he served as SSEBE School Director, overseeing significant growth in its programs and rankings. In addition to ASU, he served on the faculty of North Carolina State, University of Texas at Austin and University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. His educational background includes a B.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. Gibbson has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $10.5 million worth of funded research in his career with research and teaching interests that include front end planning, safety leadership, performance and systems, prevention through design, organizational change, asset management, alternative dispute resolution, knowledge management, earned value management systems, and risk management among others; he has received many awards for excellence in research and teaching, including both the CII Outstanding Researcher (1996, 2004) and Outstanding Instructor (1998, 2014) twice. He is the developer of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Project Definition Rating Index (the entire suite of five tools) and FEED MATRS tools, has consulted with over 70 organizations, and taught over 210 short courses to industry. He has facilitated front end planning risk assessment sessions on over 150 projects. He is also an expert in educational leadership, having held a variety of successful academic management positions over the past 19 years. He has been active on many national committees, among them several National Research Council committees, Department of Energy Committees, the Architectural Engineering Institute, and also served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Norway in Fall 2004. Dr. Gibson has several years of industry experience, served as an Army officer, and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Construction and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was awarded the 2016 ASCE R. L. Peurifoy Award for outstanding research and served as a Visiting Academic Fellow at Cambridge University in spring 2019.
Breakout Session #8B: Case Studies - Challenges in Learning from the Past
Aligned with the theme of learning from the past, one of the most effective ways to do this is to share learnings stemming from case studies and incident investigations. This session will discuss the barriers to sharing and improving within an industry sector and across industries.
Chair, Safety Congress 2020; 2018 President, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum (AIME) Engineers
Roland Moreau is the program chair of Safety Congress 2020, a trustee on the board of the United Engineering Foundation, and retired safety, health, and environment manager in the Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing and Upstream Ventures business units at ExxonMobil. He was also the 2018 president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers and former board director for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He remains active on various SPE initiatives. He retired from ExxonMobil in August 2014 with 34 years of service. He began his career with Exxon Company, U.S.A. as a project engineer at the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey in 1981. Since that time, he has held various technical, supervisory, and managerial assignments for Exxon, and then ExxonMobil, in the Upstream production, development, and research organizations. Prior to ExxonMobil, Roland also worked for five years in the naval nuclear industry. Roland received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. Roland also completed the Certified Financial Planner program at Rice University in 2015.
Engineering Leader, 747 Program; and Boeing Commercial Airplane Team Lead, Air Force One Program, The Boeing Company
Steve Murphy graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1986 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1987. He joined The Boeing Company in 1987 as a structures analyst in Boeing Aerospace and then moved to Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) a year later. Since then he has worked on all BCA airplanes including the 737NG & MAX, 747, 757, 767, 777 & 777X and fifteen years on the 787 in a myriad of roles. As well as programs, he has held numerous functional roles in Loads, Structures, Production, Propulsion and Knowledge Based Engineering. He also spent nine years in the process and tool world including the implementation of CATIA V5 and oversaw the entire BCA Computing System. As part of his duties he led the team that brought the groundbreaking Hybrid Laminar Flow Control (HLFC) into production. He spent two years leading the 787-10 Aft Body Engineering team in Everett and South Carolina, while also leading the 787-9 Multi Spar co-cured box in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Foggia, Italy. Murphy is currently the engineering leader for the 747 Program and leads the BCA teams in support of the new Air Force One program. He is very active with the University of Washington as the Boeing focal for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is a founding member of the Boeing Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is currently the Boeing American Society of Civil Engineers Executive Focal as well as a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council (ILC). He leads the Safety Committee for the ILC.
Breakout Session #8C: Interfacing Workers and Machinery in an Industrial Environment
Every year, the injury statistics continue to highlight the risks when workers and machinery work in the same environment. Workers and machines interact and affect one another daily in many industries, and it is not a combination on equal terms. The worker has the intelligence and ability to be flexible in their interaction decisions, where the machine does not. Tragic consequences may result from workers moving into the path of the unforgivable machine. This session is designed to provide attendees with the latest information on what efforts lower the risk of this interface through the use of awareness training, equipment technology, work place designs, and more.
MineStar Technology Representative, Caterpillar, Inc.
Mark Dowsett has been with Caterpillar 12 years. Over his career he developed several Safety Leadership & Custom Communication training programs for a consulting company—eventually purchased by Caterpillar. He since has helped leverage those tools to help guide safety culture transformation within the enterprise and as a service to global Caterpillar dealers and customers alike. Currently, Dowsett fosters those assets with a focus on helping customers proactively mitigate and manage risk exposure associated with fatigue and collision avoidance by leveraging the last layer of protection—technology.
Safety Chair, National Slag Association; Division Safety Manager, Edward C. Levy Company
Samantha O’Saben is employed by the Edward C. Levy Company (“Levy”) in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and currently holds the title of division safety manager for the Steel Mill Services division. Her leadership and collaborative effort in safety with operations have led to an impressive redesign of their safety and health program resulting in an 80% reduction in the division’s total recordable incident rate as well as other major safety and health performance improvements. She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and safety management, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master of Science degree in safety sciences. She earned her Certified Safety Professional certification (CSP) in 2018.
S. Camille Peres
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
S. Camille Peres is an associate professor with environmental and occupational health at Texas A&M University, and she is also the assistant director of human systems engineering with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. She does collaborative research on human factors and high-risk processing industry such as the oil and gas industry, chemical processing, and emergency response. She is currently involved in investigations regarding performance implications for procedure design and use; understanding human robotic Interaction in disaster environments; and measuring team performance in emergency operations.
Plenary Session #9: Planning & Preparedness for Safety and Health Emergencies
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on society and the way we conduct business. What lessons have we learned, and what do we continue to learn, to make our responses effective? The panel will explore some health strategies of organizations, examine their efficacy, and discuss potential improvements to ensure a sustainable and resilient approach going forward. The panelists will discuss the health and safety issues around COVID-19 and the latest thinking of how we manage disease now and in the future.
Dinner with Keynote Speaker : "The Power of Collaboration to Improve Safety"
In the mid-1990s, the fatal accident rate in U.S. commercial aviation, after declining significantly for several decades, had begun to reach a plateau. The industry’s response was a collaborative safety improvement program called CAST, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team. CAST brought together the key industry participants – airlines, manufacturers, pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, airports, and the regulator – to collaborate. Their work would (a) identify safety issues; (b) prioritize those issues, since more issues would be identified than there were resources to address; (c) develop interventions for the prioritized issues; and (d) evaluate whether the interventions were producing the desired outcome. CAST has been successful beyond all expectations. Although many safety experts thought that the fatal accident rate in the 1990s was already exemplary, CAST reduced the rate by more than 80% in less than 10 years, while also improving productivity. This presentation is about the transferability of CAST to improve process safety in other potentially hazardous industries, including nuclear power, petroleum exploration and refining, chemical manufacturing, and healthcare, to name a few.
Founder, Hart Solutions, LLC; Chair, Washington Metrorail Safety Commission; and Former Chair, National Transportation Safety Board
Christopher A. Hart is the founder of Hart Solutions LLP, which specializes in improving safety in a variety of contexts, including the safety of automation in motor vehicles, workplace safety, and process safety in potentially hazardous industries.
Hart is also chair of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, a three-jurisdictional agency (MD, VA, DC) that was created to oversee the safety of the Washington, D.C. area’s mass transit subway system. He was also asked by the Federal Aviation Administration to lead the Joint Authorities Technical Review that was created to bring together the certification authorities of 10 countries, as well as NASA, to review the robustness of the FAA certification of the flight control systems of the Boeing 737 MAX and make recommendations as needed to improve the certification process.
Until February 2018, Hart was a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In March 2015, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be chair, which he was until March 2017. Prior to that he was vice chair, after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 and 2013. The NTSB investigates major transportation accidents in all modes of transportation, determines probable cause, and makes recommendations to prevent recurrences. He was previously a member of the NTSB in 1990, having been nominated by (the first) President Bush.