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Eur Ing Dr Andrew Smith Ideas Activities
  • Director , Risk Management Systems Ltd
    Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, UK
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    Tel +44-1467-642951
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    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
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    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I am currently the Society of Petroeum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material [NORM] and feel that this is a direclty appropriate topic to include in the IYC 2011 as NORM is a global topic.

See attached profile below:

Society of Petroleum Engineers - Distinguished Lecturer 2010-11 Lecture Season

Title: NORM - Lessons to be Learnt - Past, Present & Future

Dr. Andrew L. Smith - Risk Management Systems Ltd.


Lessons learned over the last 20 years must be clearly understood as new challenges require a combination of current best practice and innovative thinking.

The first reports of NORM associated with mineral oil & natural gases appeared in 1904. Helium in natural gas and its radiogenic origins was exploited during the 1920’s, while radium in reservoir water from oil & gas fields was reported from the 1930's. Later reports were overlooked until the 1970's & 1980's when several observations prompted renewed interest. By 2008 the IAEA stated that 'A great deal of progress had been made nationally and internationally in identifying the problems associated with NORM and in identifying a practical way forward'. Dr. Smith's paper "Radioactive Scale Formation" was presented to the RSC in Manchester, UK; at the OTC in 1985 and published in JPT June 1987. During the 1980's Dr. Smith developed the original Low Specific Activity Radioactive Scale [NORM] radiological standards and procedures within the UKCS. He prepared a Briefing Note on NORM submitted to the UK House of Lord’s enquiry on the Decommissioning of Oil & Gas Installations, 1995/6.

The IAEA has acknowledged that his review made a most valuable contribution to the development of Safety Reports Series No. 34, "Radiation Protection and Management of Radioactive Waste in the Oil and Gas Industry", 2003. An October 2008 Louisiana Court has highlighted that the JPT June 1987 paper contributed to the body of scientific literature by demonstrating the first correlation between API GR units and radiological dose. Prior to this the oil & gas industry had not recognized the potential topside health concerns from radioactive scale in tubulars. Dr Smith has been retained as an oil & gas industry litigation consultant with particular expertise on NORM.


Dr. Smith is a Risk [HSSE & SR] consultant in Aberdeen, U.K. He holds a BSc in Applied Chemistry from De Montfort University and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from UMIST in U.K. His career spans over 30 years of international executive leadership of HSSE&SR, integrated risk and life-cycle management gained in engineering, fabrication, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and decommissioning projects associated with the global chemical, petrochemical and oil & gas industry in S.America, Europe, S.Africa and Middle East. Dr. Smith is a European Engineer, European Chemist, a Chartered Manager, Scientist, Environmentalist, Chemist, Fire Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Radiation Protection Professional and Health & Safety Practitioner. Dr Smith is also a Fellow of the CMI, RSC, CIOSH, I.Env.Sci., SRP, RSPH, EI, IIRSM, IRM and a member of IEMA, SFPE, ASME, SRA, SSS, ASSE, NSMS, FPA, SEW, BIOH(S) etc. He is an accomplished speaker and has presented at international conferences for the RSC, SPE, SRA and ASME with publications in JPT and OMAE. Andrew is a 25yr SPE member and has served several terms as an Aberdeen Section Board Director. He is currently on the HSE Management Committee for the 10th SPE HSE International Conference in Oil & Gas E&P, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 2010 where he is presenting SPE 125661 on NORM: The Lessons to be Learned, New Challenges and Innovative Thinking with Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste.