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Introduction To The Resilience Potentials


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Speaker - David Skegg



Resilience is often defined in the context of how a “system” behaves to recover from an abnormal circumstance, but resilient performance is more than that. A system is said to perform in a manner that is resilient when it can sustain required operations under both expected and unexpected conditions, by adjusting its functions prior to, or following, events (changes, disturbances, and opportunities). Resilience Engineering (RE) looks for ways to enhance the ability of systems to succeed under varying conditions. Resilience is not a single quality as such, and a system cannot be typified as “resilient” – but it is possible to describe the system’s performance as being resilient in a defined context. Since resilience refers to something that a system does rather than to something that a system has, it is not meaningful to propose a single or simple ‘measurement of resilience’ or even to refer to 'levels of resilience'. But it is possible to consider the extent to which each of the four potentials that provide the basis for resilient performance are present in, or supported by, the system.

About the Speaker

David Skegg has a Master’s degree in Safety science, and recently as Teaching Scholar with CQUniversity at the Accident Forensics laboratory in Bundaberg. Previously with Clyde, Babcock-Hitachi as Manager HSE, and Aurora Energy (Tamar Valley) Pty Ltd [AETV] as Manager, Systems and Compliance, David has been associated with successful significant projects over many years, following his senior management experience with an engineering consultancy. David’s international work has involved short course training to senior managers, especially in the Gulf Cooperative Countries (GCC) of Saudi Arabia, and the Emirates. He has been a Director of JAS-ANZ, and has been a Special Advisor to the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation.

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