Mission and Vision

 

A cursory glance at the list of catastrophes which have occurred and catalogued is a sobering reminder of the extent and diversity of hazards that we are exposed to ranging from Tsunamis, tornados, earthquakes to industrial and man made mishaps. Whilst large-scale catastrophic events are fortunately rather rare, they tend to affect many when they do occur hence a societal concern. At the opposite end of the spectrum lie incidents and events which pose a threat to a person's health, safety or welfare hence an individual focus. As far as tolerability is concerned natural disasters from earthquakes to landslides often with extensive losses tend to be treated as largely unavoidable whilst accidents traceable to human causes, often of smaller scale, tend to be treated as disagreeable and even intolerable. Another distinction that can be made is between the so called acts of nature in which mankind is a passive recipient/victim such as natural disasters and those perpetrated by man himself sometimes with malicious intent.

Whatever the origin and causation of hazards, there is one striking facet which often eludes some and that relates to our usually untapped ability to predict, prevent and when not possible protect people from consequent accidents and their harmful effects. The key difference between acts of god and man made hazards lies in the potential controllability of the causative factors with the former beyond our current powers to prevent whilst the latter is more manageable albeit not always successfully. However, increasing complexity of modern innovations as well as the rapid pace of change pose formidable challenges to the traditionally empirical approach to accident prevention and mitigation based on mere observation and medium to long term historical performance. A new and evolving dimension is the acts maliciously perpetrated by people driven by ideology or grievances causing harm to people, damage to property, harm to economic activity and potentially impairment to the natural habitat.

In such circumstances, the assurance of safety, security, environmental and Operational integrity in many domains and circumstances demands knowledge and competence beyond mere experience of the past. Meeting the challenges posed by complexity, accelerating pace of change, innovation and malicious intent demands competence, a portfolio of advanced process and methodological knowledge and prudent appraisal of past experience. Alas in spite of few millennia in civilisation, humanity's approach to facing such challenges is dreadfully inadequate and under-developed, lacking vision and potency in effectively mitigating risks and promoting opportunities.

Recognising these real challenges, we employ science and technology to support our clients in optimising opportunities and intelligently facing and surviving adversities whatever their cause and origin.



 
 
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