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60 seconds with...David Hardacre, LRQA

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David shares the topics and speakers he's looking forward to covering at the IMechE's Lifecycle of Pressure Systems conference in October and why engineers should seriously consider joining.

For further details of the conference and to book your place, please visit the event website.

Please could you briefly explain your role, involvement, and experience with regards to the Pressure Systems industry and this event?

David Hardacre (DH): I’ve been involved with the certification of pressure equipment since 2011, mostly to well-established Codes and standards. However, since 2018 I’ve been extensively involved in the development of standards for additive manufacturing (AM), including the certification of pressure equipment produced by AM.

What, in your experience, has been the biggest roadblock for the industry over the past 2-3 years?

DH: Well, with respect to adoption of additive manufacturing within the industry, I would have to say the availability of standards as that provides industry with the confidence that the technology is safe and products can be placed on the market and into service, provided that the requirements are satisfied.

What key topics are you excited to discuss at this year's conference?

DH: I’m excited to talk about the emergence of standards and Codes for additive manufacturing, and how this provides a stepping stone towards the vision of digital warehouses and on-demand local production, leading to reduced carbon footprint and waste within supply chains.

What would you say are the technologies or applications to watch for the future?

DH: In-process inspection coupled with digital twins, with a view to reducing lead times and post-manufacture inspection and testing without compromising on safety or quality.

Who else are you most interested in hearing from on the programme?

DH: I’m looking forward to the whole programme, but if I had to pick one then I would say “Innovative digital design methods for pressure systems” which is going to be delivered by Nawal Prinja from Jacobs. I’m particularly interested in the probabilistic methods, not just from a design perspective but also potentially applying these to qualification as this will become more relevant for future technologies.

Why is it important for engineers to join this conference?

DH: The wide-ranging agenda provides a flavour of current practices and challenges, new technologies and methods, and future innovations and opportunities. Sharing knowledge and experience is so important for engineers and we all benefit from events such as this, where different perspectives can help make new technologies familiar, and familiar technologies new again.

The Lifecycle of Pressure Systems conference will take place on 31st October - 1 November 2023 in London

The conference is a comprehensive two days of updates that brings together every area of the pressure systems community.Don't miss this “state of the industry” designed to update all those involved with pressure systems and equipment and for all asset stages: from design and installation to daily operation and decommissioning.

For further details of the conference and to book your place, please visit the event website.


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