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Steven Pearce, director of O'Kane Consultants UK operation, will talk about how specific and detailed engineering designs can incorporate non-specific factors such as climate change. If a single factor such as rainfall may increase or decrease significantly in the future, what does this actually mean from a design perspective and can engineering design realistically or practically consider such uncertainty?
A framework to incorporate climate change into engineering design planning from a risk perspective is required as risk management is a key starting point. The newest Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) emission scenarios allow for ranking climate change outcomes from "very likely" to "less likely" to occur. By combining the likelihood of occurrence for various climate outcomes with the magnitude of the potential failures, a risk based design criteria can be developed for each engineering design component.
This event is being co-hosted with CIWEM
Steven Pearce is the director of O'Kane Consultants UK operation and a Senior Environmental Engineer. Steven's professional and academic field of expertise is principally in environmental engineering and risk management, with specialisations in quantitative risk assessment, saturated and unsaturated zone hydrology, environmental monitoring and telemetry systems, mine closure and rehabilitation, applied geochemistry, groundwater modelling.
Steven's current areas of research and development include, instrumentation and telemetry systems for monitoring unsaturated and saturated zone hydrology and climate, field testing technologies and mobile laboratories and large scale geochemistry testwork.
Steven has authored over 15 technical papers that have been published in international journals and regularly presents at international mining conferences. Steven has international experience having worked on large projects in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, the Philippines, Africa, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Montenegro, Finland, Chile, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.