Hazards from Ageing Infrastructure


At Thomas Ashton Institute, University of Manchester

Across many industrial sectors and public services there is infrastructure that is showing the signs of ageing related deterioration or where after many years of service the true current condition is not fully known. Where such ageing infrastructure is part of a high hazard installation, such as a nuclear plant or an offshore platform, or where there is the capacity for a major public accident such as a bridge collapse, the management of ageing becomes a high priority for the duty holders. These Hazards Forum events will address the hazards from ageing infrastructure. There will be an afternoon Research Workshop in addition to the Evening Forum, and you are invited to attend one or both.

The afternoon Research Workshop will help identify research projects that can make a real impact in improving the safety of ageing infrastructure. This session will be run by the Thomas Ashton Institute, a partnership of the University of Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive. Following a short introduction from UoM /HSE, break-out groups with a UoM/HSE lead will discuss different topics for research. These will include the treatment of old materials in fitness for service assessments, new methods and technologies for the simulation of hazards/incidents resulting from ageing, how new materials (e.g. composite wraps etc) can aid life extension, and the uses of data mining to support life extension or end of life decisions.

The Evening Forum will then provide perspectives on how the challenges of ageing infrastructure can be managed from three speakers. David Glass from the Health and Safety Executive will present his view on the importance of leadership in managing ageing and asset integrity, particularly in preventing hazards from loss of primary containment, and the campaigns that regulators are using to ensure duty holders are managing ageing appropriately. Professor Philip Irvine from Cranfield University will look forward to how ageing infrastructure could be better managed through increased surveillance and real-time monitoring with big data analysis, drawing on his knowledge of how the civil aerospace sector manages ageing aircraft and estimates remaining service life. Bruce Wilson from Sellafield Sites will discuss how the need to reduce the risk from an ageing redundant stack at Sellafield necessitated its demolition and the challenges that ageing brings for decommissioning in the nuclear sector.

The Hazards Forum is a Membership-based Charity for the public benefit to mitigate and reduce hazards and disasters, both natural and man-made, and thereby reduce injury or loss of

life and property and minimise distress and damage. Its events tend to attract senior engineering personnel and practitioners concerned with hazard and risk management in a range of disciplines. The aim is to foster sharing of knowledge, experience and networking between engineers across industry sectors.





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