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Meetings in 2003

Information is provided on this page by the speakers of meetings held in 2003 and generally includes Acrobat .PDF files or PowerPoint slideshows.  E-mail and web-site contact details for the speakers are also included.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with these presentations are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of ICE or OES or any other organisation.  ICE and OES makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.

4 December 2003

Film Evening

Dr Ray Hobbs (Chairman of OES) presented the Fourth Annual Film Evening and showed films from the early days of the North Sea to the present day project of Barracuda-Caratinga.

Under the North Sea;
The world’s greatest oil rig;
Barracuda – Caratinga Project

25 November 2003

Making Penguins Fly

Nigel George of Shell Expro

Joint meeting with the I MechE

Click here for a pdf file of the presentation slides

5 November 2003

ISO International Standards for Offshore Structures

David Galbraith (Galbraith Consulting Ltd)

Click here for a pdf file of David's presentation

9 October 2003

UK's New Deep Ocean ROV Technology

Joint meeting with RINA

Click here for a pdf file of the presentation

24 September 2003

Structural dynamics of offshore wind turbines

Joint meeting with SECED

Click here for report on the meeting

15th May 2003

Mediating offshore oil & gas contract disputes

Peter Cassidy, Masons Solicitors -

Click here for a PDF file of Peter's presentation.

2 April 2003

Safety in the offshore industry: Paying lip service or paying attention

Helen Bolt (Bomel Ltd) -

Helen's talk considered engineering challenges such as threats to safety from extreme events and the need for ongoing integrity assurance. It examined occupational safety problems such as slips and trips or falls from height. The talk was illustrated with examples from recent BOMEL studies which combine data with the experience and judgment of industry practitioners to provide insight and understanding to accident causation. Drawing on construction studies, a pan-industry view of work at height and specific offshore examples, there are important lessons to enable us all to take action on safety, whether as design engineers or engineers providing operational support.

12 March 2003

Seminar on the Use of High Explosives in Offshore Decommissioning

Stephen Miller

A highly entertaining talk was given by Stephen, complete with demonstrations samples from tests and explosive effects (earplugs were an asset). His talk explained in some detail how explosives work and how they can act as tools to cut clean through steel members such as plate girders and tubulars.

Click here for a PDF download of the presentation.

27 February 2003

Offshore Wind Farms: Why appropriate site investigation will reduce uncertainty, costs and risks.

Six papers from this conference can be viewed in PDF format via the following links:

Hydrosearch SI :: Arup :: Fugro :: Seacore :: BWEA :: Hydrosearch Risk

A review of the meeting published in UK Power in March 2004 attached here: UK Power

15th Jan 2003

Pollution, Environment and the Offshore Engineer

Professor Peter Read, Parsec

This joint meeting with RINA was extremely well attended and Peter Read gave an interesting and thought provoking talk on the concerns of pollution in the offshore industry. Issues of hydrocarbon, atmospheric, and mineral pollution were discussed. Some examples of the way pollution is tackled including examples of creating global problems whilst trying solve local issues made us realize that many global aspects should be investigated when formulating the environmental policy for an offshore production facility. T

The presentation slides may be viewed in this PDF file: Pollution.pdf