At this next round of our Real Projects series, we are collaborating with the Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS) to bring you this joint seminar and SaRS membership event, titled: ‘There is Safety in Numbers – True or False?’. The seminar will be presented by no less than the current Chair of the Safety & Reliability Society, Dr Emma Taylor CEng FIMechE FSaRS

About the Talk

The Talk will feature interactive discussions around:

– Where do the challenges lie in achieving safety?

– What is the broader picture around the technical assessment of risk (vis a vis Quantitative vs Qualitative risk assessment) that informs the ALARP demonstration?

– What do we need to know in order to manage risk? What do we not yet know?

Personal quote from Speaker:

“As Chair of the Safety and Reliability Society, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to engage directly with the AFBE community in Aberdeen and share the best of what we do, our thinking …Quantitative Risk Assessment is a mainstay of many high hazard industries. But is it always the most suitable way to build an ALARP argument? Building on the experience of our expert Safety and Reliability Society community, this event will set out the arguments for QRA, and against. Expect lively discussions, differing views and an interesting debate.”

SaRS Membership

There will also be a team from the SaRS membership committee at the event who will be taking applications from any interested in joining the Society. This represents a rare opportunity for anyone working in engineering from any relevant background who is considering joining SaRS and becoming registered with the Engineering Council for CEng or IEng to meet the SaRS membership team. SaRS offers a unique and supportive mentoring service, providing feedback to CEng candidates. Membership applications will be assessed on the day and information about the pathway to Chartership and other benefits will also be given.

As always, attendance at this event is free, but do register using the link provided. Also, for anyone wishing to join SaRS as an Associate member, member or Fellow, please bring along:

1) The completed and signed first page of the application (available at: https://www.sars.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/appmember2016-v1.docx)

2) A comprehensive CV showing evidence that you meet the membership criteria, initialled by your sponsors as appropriate.

For any clarifications (e.g. who can be my Sponsor? what sort of experience counts? etc) please contact either of the following:

Jibril Okin CEng, MSaRS – 07920100282; jibrilokin@hotmail.com

Kasi Usani CEng, MSaRS – 07943861545 kasi_usani@yahoo.com

Speaker Profile

Dr Emma Taylor is the National Chair of the Safety and Reliability Society. Emma graduated from the University of Oxford in 1993 and the University of Aberdeen’s MSc in Safety Engineering in 2008. She is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years of STEM experience, in Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Rail.

Emma’s specialities include: working as a technical diplomat for the advancement of safety through system safety engineering, risk analyses, regulatory assessment, and standards. She is also an experienced, innovative and engaging mentor.

Emma is currently listed in the Telegraph Top 50 Woman Engineer and has won or been finalist at various Awards, including: WISE Woman in Industry, TechWomen100 winner, and the Venus award for Professional Excellence.

Please register for this event here.

The ethics of ethnic diversity: We Mean Business

Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 11:45am – 2pm
Venue: The Aberdeen Altens Hotel

Join us to hear from speakers John Tomlinson of Grampian Regional Equality Council Limited (GREC) and Ollie Folayan from the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers.
GREC’s mission is to advance equality for all people and from the beginning GREC has played a leading role in the North-east in advancing equality for the region.
John will discuss how they are tackling discrimination and promoting good community relations in the North-east.
The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) are actively involved in promoting public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in engineering.
Ollie will be focussing on the oil and gas industry in the region.
Find out more: AGCC

You are invited to attend:

Real Projects: “Decommissioning of Offshore Oil & Gas Infrastructure”
On Thursday, March 28th, 2019 from 6.30 – 8.00PM.

Join us again at AFBE-UK Scotland Real Projects. This month we will be discussing Decommissioning of Offshore Infrastructure, with Elizabeth McAlpine. The talk will cover:
• An Overview of Decommissioning
• State of the art in decommissioning practices, and
• Decommissioning skills requirements and future challenges

Speaker Profile
Elizabeth is a Decommissioning Consultant and training provider with several years’ experience working in the North Sea Oil & Gas industry. She provides training and consultancy services on decommissioning and other areas to oil & gas operators in the UK and overseas. She holds a Master’s degree in Decommissioning from the University of Aberdeen.
Elizabeth is the Secretary of the AXIS Network, a not-for-profit organisation focused on increasing gender balance within the Aberdeen Energy Industry.

About this Event
The rapid decline in oil price that began in 2014, and the challenge to move towards cleaner fuels and energy, was a wakeup call for the oil and gas industry. A few Oil & Gas Operators recognised that this was not ‘just another downturn’ that can be managed by the conventional business-as-usual approach, but rather called for a paradigm shift, a new era of transformation, and more nimble methods of working.

At the end of this month AFBE-UK Scotland’s Real Projects series is bringing you a seminar that examines the journey undertaken by one such company operating in the UK North Sea. You will hear from a key member of the company’s modernisation and transformation (M&T) team about the motivation behind the change initiative, the strategic decisions and actions taken, as well as the key learnings and results achieved so far.

The key areas that the presentation will cover include:

  • The 3 pillars of the M&T agenda – Agility, Mindset & Digitalisation
  • The elements to consider for a successful transformation program
    Workforce engagement & motivation strategies
  • The success story – the impact that the adoption of agile ways of working had on plant Availability and production rates.

Guest Speaker
Mopelola Lamond (or Lola as she’s popularly called) is a project services manager at BP with a background in Mechanical Engineering. Mopelola graduated with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aberdeen in 2003 and has for over 15 years worked for a number of service providers and Oil and Gas majors including Chevron, Marathon Oil and BP in operations and project roles. Mopelola holds an MBA from the Aberdeen Business School (2009). She is an active supporter of many international charities championing various causes including Time to heal, a charity that campaigns against violence towards women, Lions Club and MeAL. Mopelola lives in Aberdeen with her two children and writes poetry in her spare time.

Event Details
Date And Time:
Thur, 31 January 2019
18:30 – 20:00 GMT
New Kings Building (Rm NK14)
University of Aberdeen
Please register for the event on Eventbrite.

Happy New Year, and congratulations for making it into 2019! 2018 was quite an eventful year for us at AFBE-UK Scotland and we hope to carry on in the same manner this year.

We would like to kick 2019 off on a cheery note, therefore we are inviting you to join us at Shell Woodbank House in Cults on Saturday, 26th January, for an afternoon of nibbles, drinks and some chit chat.

This is an opportunity for you to meet members of the team and get to find out how you can be part of our exciting project. We will also take the opportunity to outline our plans for this year.

Please bring your friends & colleagues along – the event is free to attend, but we ask that you register in Eventbrite to help us with the arrangements.

Come One, Come All!!

Event Details
Date And Time:
Sat, 26 January 2019
13:30 – 16:00 GMT
North Deeside Road
AB15 9PN

End of Year Reception Scotland

About this Event

AFBE-UK Scotland would love to see you for a final gathering this year at the Nargile restaurant for a festive three course dinner on Thursday 20th of December at 7 PM.

Let’s come together to celebrate our new members, the successful gala awards and fundraiser, achievements in NextGen, Transition and Real Projects and look out to highlights of the next year.

Event Details
Date: Thursday 20 December 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Nargile Restaurant 
77-79 Skene Street
AB10 1QD
Event Organiser: AFBE-UK Scotland
Event type: Reception
Contact: Ollie Folayan
Cost: From £15
AFBE-UK Gala 2018

The AFBE-UK Scotland Gala Dinner and Awards celebrates the impact of AFBE-UK on the engineering landscape and our contributions to diversity in the industry over the last 11 years in the UK and 7 years in Scotland.

This black-tie event brings together business leaders, government officials, professionals and students for an evening of inspiration, celebration, networking and multicultural entertainment.

The event which will begin with a drinks and networking reception. It will also include a keynote address from Deirdre Michie, CEO Oil and Gas UK, a three-course meal accompanied by wine and soft drinks, and the AFBE-UK Scotland Awards recognising individuals and organisations making a significant contribution to the engineering industry in Scotland.

Guest Speaker
Deirdre Michie was appointed CEO of Oil & Gas UK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and has extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas industry covering upstream, downstream and globally. She is a member of MER UK – a government and industry forum – and is also on the UK Treasury’s Oil Industry Fiscal Forum. Deirdre is a board member of Opportunity North East, a non-executive board member of Scottish Water and chair of Common Data Access Limited. Deirdre is also a member of the Women’s Business Council – a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth – and is also sponsor of AXIS. In June 2018 she was recognised as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the industry and made an OBE.

Before joining Oil & Gas UK, Deirdre worked for Shell’s downstream operations in various roles before moving to Shell’s upstream operations as a senior commercial negotiator. Her next roles were as external affairs manager for Shell’s UK upstream operations and communications manager for its European business, contracting and procurement manager for Europe, and from 2011 to 2013 she managed a global team delivering a multi-billion annual strategic sourcing programme.

Deirdre is married with two sons and enjoys reading, cycling, skiing, running, watching ballet and rugby.

Note: Early Bird Ticket sales end on 30th September 2018.

AFBE-UK Transition 201810S

Transition is a career workshop designed to equip students and recent graduates with the skills required to scale through the employment process at the most sought after companies.

Iain Lewis, Finance Director at TAQA Europe will be sharing his Transition story at this event which will also include a CV review session, a mock interview session and an assessment center. Lunch will be provided on the day.

Please note that registration is required to attend this event.

AFBE-UK RP201809

Join us at this Real Projects event as we review the state of industrial cyber security and offer recommendations for organizations to improve their cyber security posture in a holistic and sustainable model.

In this presentation we will share insights on the ways governance, technology, and business requirements intersect and illustrate ways organizations can leverage digitalization opportunities to better manage increasing risks. We will also break down these risks to help your organization address these sometimes overwhelming challenges.

Guest Speaker
Ben Dickinson is a Cyber Security Consultant with ABB and helps clients secure their systems from the threat of cyber-attacks. He joins ABB from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, a world leader in the field of Cyber Security, where he spent time building an excellent reputation with owners and operators of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) by advising them in preparing for, detecting, responding and recovering from cyber-attacks.

Ben brings a wealth of experience from his time with GCHQ and specialises in understanding the unique challenges posed by securing Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Security from the University of Liverpool and has studied courses such as “Assessing and Exploiting Control Systems” by Justin Searle, “SANS 515: Industrial Control System Active Defence and Incident Response” by Rob Lee and “Hardware Hacking” by Grand Idea Studio.”