Lingen, Germany, 17 May, 2018 – The 4th ROSEN Energy and Innovation Forum (REIF) came to a conclusion after three days of thoughtful discussion and innovative ideas, resulting in a new standard for our industry.
“I am very pleased to see representatives from many industries and, most of all, from all parts of the world. The global factor in this collaboration will drive ideas,” said the founder and CEO of the ROSEN Group, Hermann Rosen, in his welcome speech at the ROSEN Innovation Center. Over 100 professionals, from more than 20 different countries, with experience and expertise in fields including operation, regulation, academia, consultancy, technology and services attended the event at ROSEN’s location in Lingen, Germany.
The theme of this year’s REIF, “Zero Incidents — Learning from other industries,” was carried throughout the days’ events. The diverse group of keynote speakers gave presentations and held an open dialogue with the attendees. Specialized workshop sessions were also held, in which key topics surrounding the idea of zero incidents were discussed and debated in smaller groups. On the last day of the REIF, the results of the workshops were presented. They were then examined by a panel of experts in various fields in an open forum. Additionally, the REIF attendees had the opportunity to explore the latest developments, technologies, facilities, and areas of expertise of the ROSEN Group by participating in a “hop-on, hop-off” tour of the grounds between sessions.
From the wide range of topics discussed, three of the most reoccurring themes under the zero incidents umbrella were; the opportunity that other industries’ experiences present to the oil and gas industry, the importance of collaboration within the industry, and the importance of creating a safety culture within an organization.
Keynote speaker, Kimberley Turner, with extensive experience in risk management for the aviation industry, gave an engaging presentation about how the airline industry managed to evolve in their attitude towards risk management. She said that in addition to learning from past incidents, the industry had to change from a reactive approach to a proactive one, and this took commitment and collaboration between industry leaders. “I would like to encourage you to continue to come together, as industry leaders, to drive this global change in your industry,” she said.
The message of collaboration was further emphasized by Chris Bloomer, President and CEO at CEPA, an industry association for Canada’s transmission pipeline companies. He talked about the importance of coming together, as an industry, to share experiences and promote the zero incidents mentality. “We don’t compete on safety, we are going to collaborate to better ourselves and our industry,” Mr. Bloomer said of the commitment that CEPA members make when joining.
Jesus Sotto, Senior Vice President at PG&E, operator of the second largest natural gas system in the United States, opened an honest dialogue of company experiences. In his presentation, he showed how PG&E has learned about safety and risk management from both the oil and gas industry and other industries, and has seen the benefits after implementing certain measures. He explained, “safety and affordability can go hand in hand.”
On the last day of the forum a panel discussion took place, hosted by industry experts Heinz Watzka and Dr. Phil Hopkins. The panel discussed the results of the specialized workshops, and opened up questions to the entire group of attendees. Topics debated included; the cost of life, safety culture, collateral damage, failures, human behavior and human errors. From an organization standpoint, mentoring and instilling a zero incidents culture were reoccurring points in the discussion. However as an industry, global collaboration was the clear conclusion. One panel member said, “REIF-like events are great example of pulling together international decision-makers, to make a difference.”
About the ROSEN Group
The ROSEN Group is a leading global provider of cutting-edge solutions for all areas of the integrity management process. Since its origins as a one-man business in 1981, ROSEN has grown rapidly and continues to do so. Today the business is still privately owned and employs a team of more than 2,800, operating in more than 120 countries.
The four key ROSEN areas of expertise include:
- Inspection of critical industrial assets to provide the high quality information needed to ensure reliable and effective operation
- Customized engineering consultancy ensuring efficient asset integrity management
- Production and supply of customized novel systems and products
- Market-driven, topical, state-of-the-art research and development providing “added value” products and services
For more information please visit our website at: www.rosen-group.com.