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Webinar: Buncefield – 15 Years On: Advancements in the Predictive Aspects of COMAH (GMT/ UK Time)

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm GMT


November 18
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm GMT
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+47 55 57 43 30

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About the Webinar

The Buncefield explosion was one of the most intense accidental explosions in recent times, the overpressures generated by this event had never been seen in such circumstances. This event triggered a lengthy investigation into the explosion mechanism and subsequently led to significant advancements in knowledge on the topic. However, many research papers documenting turbulence with small diameters were available prior to Buncefield and therefore, the advancements were perhaps in awareness rather than knowledge. Buncefield highlights the issues in relying solely on past history to define future events and also demonstrated that small changes in layout can have significant impact on consequences.

This webinar session discusses the current techniques applied in the predictive aspects of COMAH, and the limitations associated with these widely used methods. We aim to provide better understanding of when and where advanced modelling techniques should be applied and demonstrate the significance this has, not only in terms of consequence assessment, but also with regards to safer facility design and emergency response.



About the Speaker

Gary Pilkington

Principal Engineer – Technical Lead at Gexcon UK

Gary is a specialist in Process Safety Management and Loss Prevention and a Chartered Chemical Engineer, with over 30 years experience in a wide range of process industries, including chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. He has extensive international experience and has held positions in the UK and the US, supporting facilities throughout Europe, USA, Australasia and South America. He has held several senior positions in industry, including the Senior Leadership Team of a chemical manufacturing division of a FTSE 100 company.

He frequently contributes to technical committees and is currently affiliated with the IChemE Safety & Loss Prevention Special Interest Group and the European Federation of Chemical Engineers Loss Prevention Working Party. Previous affiliations include the Management Board of the European Process Safety Centre, the Technical Advisory Committee for the Mary Kay O’Conner Process Safety Centre and a Technical Committee member of the Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS).


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