Hazardous Areas WA Conference – 4th & 5th March 2015 – Perth, Australia


IDC Technologies kicked off the 2015 conference calendar with the Hazardous Areas WA Conference. The event was held on March 4th & 5th at the Mercure Hotel in Perth’s CBD. The conference attracted outstanding attendance, with delegates coming from across the country representing organisations such as AECOMWaterline Projects, GHD, Gexcon, NHP Electrical Engineering, and many more.

The conference was opened by keynote speaker and industry professional Neil Dennis – Technical Director – Minerals & Industry, AECOM, who presented a half day workshop entitled Hazardous Area Standards – what the future holds and what the user wants. The presentation explored some of the technical detail of the standards that are already in the final stages of development to help end users come to terms with these standards. The workshop also looked at new proposals for standards in order to seek the ultimate in user feedback. The workshop had an extremely high participation rate with all delegates discussing their professional and industry experience.

The afternoon sessions began with Ross De Rango – Hazardous Areas Systems Manager, NHP Electrical Engineering, discussing Machine Safety in Hazardous Areas. This presentation discussed both the AS 4024 series of standards, and the AS/NZS 60079 series of standards and their roles in industrial environments. Other presenters throughout the afternoon included Paul Spresser from Kellogg Joint Venture Gorgon (KJVG), Aaron Drew from Primero Group, and Randall Makin, Technical Director from Waterline Projects. Overall day one of the conference was extremely successful with an interactive audience who were not afraid to share ideas.

Day two of the conference commenced with keynote speaker Neil Dennis discussing his topic entitled Current and Future Directions for Hazardous Area Standards – ATEX Impact on Australia. The presentation gave delegates an insight into what is happening and provided a forecast of what can be expected in standards for hazardous areas. As usual, Neil Dennis excelled in engaging the delegates, and ensured they all had input, and participated in the presentation and concluding questions.

Nick Sima from Pepperl+Fuchs followed the opening presentation with a case study entitled IEC/Ex Compliance Requirements for Hazardous Area Equipment – A Manufacturers Perspective, which explained the manufacturer’s obligations and procedures necessary to deliver the correct IECEx certified products and services as defined by the IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme. The day followed with six other successful presentations from Alan Wallace  (Inlec Engineering), Paul Egan (Competency Training), S. Srinivas Shastri (GHD), Lars Rogstadkjernet (Gexcon), Daniel Bianchini (DG Solutions), and Kehinde Shaba (DNV GL Software).

A special mention goes to Neil Dennis for two outstanding presentations; both being rated the most valuable by attending delegates.

The response from delegates has been overwhelming! IDC Technologies was privileged to have a great selection of speakers and delegates attend this event which provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss important issues affecting the Hazardous Area industry in Australia. The mix of professional expertise and industry knowledge at the conference created an interactive and engaging conference, which IDC Technologies will run again in 2016. If you would like to be involved in this future event please contact IDC Technologies to express your interest.

IDC would also like to give a special thank you to the sponsors of the event: AECOM, Waterline Projects, ICEWeb, and Industrial Electrix. 

SponsorsFor full details on topics and speakers, or to purchase all the technical Papers and PowerPoints from the conference, please email conferences@idc-online.com.

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