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So, the Serious Incident Happened - Ten Things I Should Do Now

June 3, 2020 | Starts at 10:00 am CDT

So, the Serious Incident Happened - Ten Things I Should Do Now

Through the years, our incident investigation team has developed unmatched experience participating in several major accident investigations. We have developed recommendations, methodologies and practices that are meaningful to both industry and regulators and have proven effective in determining and understanding the factors and root causes that can lead to a high-consequence scenario.

In this webinar, we will discuss practices that will assist in preparing a company for an appropriate and well documented response to any subsequent action associated with an accident (e.g. insurance or legal). Our goal is to help clients reduce the uncertainty, costs and consequence following the accident. Attendees will learn more about our RCA course and how to prepare for major events and incident investigations.

What We Cover

  • An introduction to Root Cause Analysis and Incident Investigation processes
  • Immediate actions recommended for a corporation/site to perform after a major incident occurrence (i.e. explosion, fires, accidents with serious injuries to personnel or operational upsets with significant financial consequences

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Dr. Guillermo Ramirez, Technical Manager Advanced Engineering

Dr. Guillermo Ramirez is an expert in materials and structural engineering design and evaluation with more than 28 years of professional experience. Key areas of expertise include forensic engineering, finite element linear and nonlinear modeling and simulations, including the performance of steel and composite materials, concrete and other materials. He is experienced in the retrofit and field instrumentation of existing structures using conventional materials and techniques as well as advanced fiber composites. Dr. Ramirez is experienced in the use of health monitoring protocols and evaluation of structures with nondestructive inspection methods. He has participated as member of the root cause analysis team for structural collapses, FPSOs and major explosions and fire events including at international sites. He also has participated in the forensic evaluation of well cementing material and procedures in the investigation of high consequence incidents.

Dr. Ramirez conducted research for the evaluation of composite materials in applications of production and drilling riser prototypes. This work included development of test protocols and operation of high-pressure testing systems (30 ksi). He has performed failure analysis, root cause identification and testing of a wide range of structures and equipment. He has conducted HAZOP and HAZIDs for offshore installations. Other areas of specialized expertise include design and analysis of pressure vessels and use of fiber reinforced plastic composites in offshore applications and hydrogen storage tanks.

Dr. Ramirez is a current member of the ASME boiler and pressure vessel code committee and the chair of the Committee on Acoustic Emission for reinforced plastics (CARP) for ASNT. Previously, he served as the chair of the Nondestructive Evaluation Committee for ASME and the chair for the American Concrete Institute technical committee on composite and hybrid construction. 

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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