In addition to the critical job of informing engineers and other industry members on the new revised standard, the seminar series also helped to create improved links with New Zealand, with one of the seminars being held in New Plymouth.
The New Plymouth seminar was highly successful, drawing attendees from around New Zealand to the country’s oil and gas hub. It was the first time in recent memory that APIA had brought a seminar to New Zealand. Given the high level of interest, APIA is now considering how to further improve the links between the Australian and New Zealand industries.
Six seminars were held in total throughout the year. Sydney, Perth and Adelaide were held in the first half of the year with Brisbane in July, New Plymouth in August and Melbourne in September.
Attendance at the events was incredibly strong with well over 500 industry professionals attending across the series. Given that the seminars examined detailed technical aspects of the industry, the attendance figures are an indication of the dedication of the industry to continually increasing its knowledge and skills.
A devoted team of experts gave their time throughout the six seminars, with many presenting at several of the seminars. Special mention must be given to all of these industry leaders who gave up their own time to develop a comprehensive program. Speakers at the seminars were: Phil Venton, Leigh Fletcher, Peter Tuft, Richard McDonough, Peter Kempster, Mike Ebdon, Phil Colvin, Alan Pugh and Russel Schulz.
Many of the speakers not only gave their time at the seminars, but were also involved in the process of the revision of AS288.1 which again required countless hours of volunteered time. Phil Venton should be especially congratulated for his dedication to ensuring AS2885.1 continues to lead the world.
The seminars were designed to be interactive in order to engage participants and enhance the knowledge that they took away with the resulting excellent feedback endorsing this style.
While the revision seminars may be over, the industry’s commitment to maintaining and developing a strong suite of standards under AS2885 continues.