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Thursday, 19 January 2012, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Safety by Design

Craig Hendrie, Technical Director, Plexus Holdings plc

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 19 January 2012, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



The processes for specifying, designing and qualifying pressure control equipment for oil and gas drilling is key to the safe implementation of a project. Due to recent disasters, we have experienced a big shift in atude towards safety and quality assurance of equipment, as well as significant regulatory change. But there are still holes in industry standards, common industry practices, and industry culture which leave significant vulnerabilities. We will look into some examples of these and ask where the responsibilities for equipment design and selection for ensuring safe operations really lie. Finally we ask - just what is "safety" anyway?


Craig began his career with ICI plc as a Machines Engineer working on processing plant systems at several locations throughout the UK. He joined the Plexus group of companies in 1997 which at the time was a start-up company, beginning the development of new technology and products for oil and gas drilling. He was instrumental in the analysis, development and testing and of Plexus proprietary POS-GRIP Technology. Craig then spent several years in Houston as President of Plexus Deepwater Technologies, where support was found to continue the development of POS-GRIP Technology. Following this, he moved to London and became Technical Director of Plexus Holdings plc. at the time of flotation of the company on the London Stock Exchange AIM market in 2005. Following the successful fundraising for the company Craig settled in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2007 and as well as his role on the Board of Plexus Holdings plc, he is Managing Director of Plexus Ocean Systems Ltd, the main operating subsidiary company for the sale and rental of Plexus wellhead systems and other associated equipment worldwide. Craig has published several papers on the subject of wellhead technology design and safety, and is a nominated inventor on a number of patents. Craig was born in Zimbabwe, and holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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