Overview of Facility Hazard Definition and Risk Management

To manage risk, you must first understand your hazards and how to control them. To manage risk, you must first understand your hazards and how to control them.

Geosyntec provides technical consulting services to enable effective risk management. We assist our clients in the analysis, mitigation and management of risks posed by natural and man-made hazards present in a range of industries.

The effective management of risk, whether safety, environment or business related, requires a sound analysis of hazards and their associated consequences. We provide solutions based on the sound application of engineering and science and technology combined with experience in design, construction, operations and project management. Geosyntec's primary areas of practice include risk management, structural engineering, analysis and simulation, design and assessment, fluid mechanics and geotechnical engineering.

Key Industries

  • Oil & Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Clean Energy
  • Utilities & Infrastructure
  • Security & Defense
  • Aerospace
  • Insurance

Our experienced, flexible and versatile staff have certifications in a wide range of engineering and scientific disciplines, including structural, mechanical, civil, geotechnical, chemical and petroleum engineers, alongside physicists, chemists, and mathematicians.

Our Consultants

  • Alex Bond, FIMechE, CEng, FS Eng

    Alex Bond is a Principal Engineer based in England with more than 28 years of experience delivering technical and management consultancy projects for clients worldwide. His experience coverers a wide range of technical subjects and industry sectors, allowing him to bring cross-sector expertise to projects. His main experience is associated with high-risk industries, including the oil, gas, and nuclear and fossil power generation sectors. Alex's impact assessment studies and da ...
  • John Evans, Ph.D., CPhys, CEng

    John Evans is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Scotland with more than 25 years of experience focused primarily in the area of technical safety. John is Managing Director of MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Using a variety of safety and risk engineering techniques, John has been involved in safety assessments at all stages of a project, including feasibility studies, concept selection, design stages, and safety support for ongoing operations. His client service has inclu ...
  • Ian Herbert

    Ian Herbert is a Principal Engineer based in England with more than 30 years of professional experience in process safety including the identification of major accident hazards through risk assessment, and determining and defining measures to prevent, control, mitigate, and respond to hazards.   Ian's practice experience includes service as the lead practitioner in technical safety, risk assessment, and risk management of onshore and offshore hydrocarbon production and storage facilit ...
  • Chris Robinson, Ph.D., CEng, MIMechE

    Chris Robinson is a Principal Engineer based in England, with more than 23 years of professional experience focused on fluids systems engineering, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), gas dispersion, and aerodynamics. This experience has been developed through work in Government, academia, and 15 years of consultancy experience across a wide range of industries. Chris' practice uses CFD to optimize waste water and drinking water processes. He has performed design and design assurance ...
  • David Sanderson, CEng

    David Sanderson is a Senior Principal Engineer based in England with more than 20 years of experience focused on process safety, structural integrity and reliability, complex finite element analysis, structural mechanics (dynamics and non-linear), and multimedia communication of complex technical issues. Key projects and client services undertaken by David include: development of integrity assurance schemes for two BP North Sea platforms; development of monitoring schemes for offshor ...
  • Andrew Morrison, CEng.

    Andrew Morrison is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer based in England with more than 28 years of experience in civil and structural engineering, structural dynamics, risk assessment, and engineering to withstand extreme loads. Andrew's practice experience includes seismic qualification of plant at nuclear facilities, including emergency hold-down systems at two EDF facilities in the United Kingdom; bomb-blast resistant design for United Kingdom critical national infrastructure hubs an ...
  • Andrew Nelson, CEng

    Andrew Nelson is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Australia with more than 20 years of experience in technical safety engineering and risk management. His practice is focused on hazardous industries including upstream and downstream oil and gas. He co-developed Geosyntec's major hazards assessment capability and supported the development of Geosyntec's major hazards engineering team. Andy's primary areas of interest are quantifying the effects of fires and explosions and developin ...
  • Simon Thurlbeck, Ph.D., CEng

    Simon Thurlbeck is a Senior Principal Engineer based in England with more than 30 years of structural engineering and research experience focused on fire and explosion risk management for high-hazard industries including upstream oil and gas. Simon's practice includes risk identification, hazard modelling, and the assessment, design, and specification of systems to mitigate the effects of major hazard events. Simon also conducts and manages beyond-design studies such as ship impacts, ...
  • Alastair Painter

    Alastair Painter is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Texas with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of technical safety, reliability and performance assessment applied to facilities utilized in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the energy sector. He has applied his expertise to a diverse range of facilities, including drilling rigs, subsea oil and gas production, offshore process facilities, liquefied natural gas (LNG), refineries and petrochemical ...
  • Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.

    Lelio Mejia is a Senior Principal based in Oakland, California with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. For many years, he has focused on the challenges of dam and levee engineering and is a leading international authority in this field, with emphasis on the seismic design and performance of dam structures. Lelio leads Geosyntec’s Western U.S. dams and levees practice and is a registered civil and geotechnical engineer. Lelio has directed the ...
  • Duncan Talbert, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland)

    Duncan Talbert is a Principal Technical Safety Engineer based in Scotland with more than 20 years of experience focused on major hazards management for offshore and onshore oil and gas production and processing facilities. Duncan’s experience includes conducting major hazard identification and assessment studies, and the preparation of safety cases and reports to demonstrate client’s compliance with regulatory requirements. He has chaired hazard identification (HAZID) and hazard ...
  • Caroline Field, C.Eng., P.E.

    Caroline Field is a Principal Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the de­sign and analysis of a wide range of structures for the built environment. She specializes in the field of structural resilience to extreme events, specifically earthquakes, explosions and progressive collapses. Caroline has pioneered the development of resilience consulting, helping clients develop risk-based, comprehensive approaches to resilience. Her approaches balance phy ...
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