DONG Energy has reported that 292 kilometres north west of Esbjerg, the support structure for Hejre platform is now well planted in the North Sea.The first physical signs of a new platform in the North Sea are there. The 8.400-tonne steel structure, called a jacket, which is the support structure of the Hejre platform, arrived at its location in the Danish sector of the North Sea on 22 May, and the last steel pile for fastening the legs of the support structure were rammed into the subsoil on Friday 30 May. Now, drilling of the production wells will start.”Our people on the project and our suppliers have done a fantastic job in delivering and installing the jacket in the North Sea. Now, we enter a new project phase. where we will be drilling the production wells, installing the oil and gas pipelines and modify the Gorm E platform from which the oil will be transported to shore,” says Flemming Horn Nielsen, head of DONG Energy’s Danish oil and gas business.Launched in less than one minuteThe launch of the jacket from a barge into the North Sea took less than one minute. The ballast tanks of the barge were filled with water, making it tilt slightly, so that the giant steel construction slid into the sea. The fitted floating tanks and compartments in the construction kept it floating, before it was erected to a vertical position in a controlled process and lowered onto the seabed.Next year’s milestone is the installation of the topsides which is currently being built at a yard in South Korea.Press Release, June 03, 2014
As a result, RAIB has made six recommendations to Network Rail, addressing each of the five areas as well as the observation on learning from incident investigations. There is also a learning point for incident investigators relating to the identification of systemic causal factors.‘A good decision by the signaller is often the last line of defence against tragedy’, said Simon French, Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents. ’While there is a huge amount of complex hardware and software out there, supported by thousands of engineers and technicians, many decisions about everyday operations are still down to the human beings who operate the system.’French said RAIB was ‘recommending that Network Rail looks closely at how it manages the day-to-day work of signallers. The experience and knowledge of signalling staff is a vital asset, and needs to be properly and consistently developed, supported and made use of, for the safety of everyone who interacts with the railway.’,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesClass investigation into factors affecting safety-critical human performance in signalling operations on the national network UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations, looking at what affects decisions made by signallers and the systemic factors which may influence them.The investigation examined five categories of incident:user worked crossing irregularities;line blockage irregularities;users trapped at CCTV monitored level crossings;irregularities involving level crossings on local control;other operational irregularities.Several common factors were identified, associated with:signaller workload;user-centred design;competence management;experiential knowledge;organisational structure.RAIB also found that Network Rail’s incident investigations do not always fully exploit the opportunities to learn from incidents.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
UWF baseball drops to No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball poll TUCSON, Ariz. – The West Florida baseball team dropped to No. 4 in the nation in the latest Division II Collegiate Baseball poll. The Argonauts have been in the top five for 11 consecutive weeks.UWF went 3-1 last week after downing Mobile in a midweek game and taking two out of three games from West Alabama to win its 11th series of the season. Tampa (42-2) remained No. 1 nationally followed by, Lander (39-6), Minnesota State (34-7), UWF (31-6) and Arkansas Tech (36-8).Also representing the Gulf South Conference, Delta State (30-9) remained No. 7 and Alabama Huntsville (32-13) moved up to No. 30.Other schools from the South Region included No. 8 Lynn (33-10), No. 20 Florida Southern (28-14) and Saint Leo (29-13), which received votes.No. 4 UWF travels to No. 7 DSU for a clash of conference powerhouses this week. The teams open the series Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. before playing a doubleheader Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Collegiate Baseball PollPrint Friendly Version Share West Florida went 3-1 last week after downing Mobile and winning a series against West Alabama. (Photo by Bill Stockland).