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Meet the team – Alasdair Douglas, Senior Software Engineer

Alasdair Douglas life

Having trained and initially practiced as a naval architect, my role at Brookes Bell is now focused on software development where as part of a software development team I am responsible for developing and maintaining our core software products. My somewhat unconventional background allows me to talk on a professional level with vessel stakeholders and software developers equally – and this gives me a useful edge when it comes to producing maritime software.

Our main software solutions relate to passenger vessel safety for use in the design cycle and during operations. EVI™ is our advanced pedestrian dynamics tool that helps vessel designers comply with the regulations surrounding the evacuation of passengers and can also provide operators with useful insights in to managing passenger movements. Systema™ also supports passenger vessel designers, as well as shipyards, to analyse the redundancy of their vessel designs against the IMO’s Safe Return to Port (SRtP) regulation, and help operators to develop crew operational procedures required to respond to an SRTP casualty. SRtP Onboard™ is an operator’s decision support system designed to ensure they can train and effectively respond to an SRtP casualty, by restoring system functionality which allows them to return to port, or safely evacuate. Our team also offers support to owners, designers and yards and we can work alongside a design team analysing their systems using Systema™ ensuring compliance, identifying issues early in the design cycle, and proposing solutions to problems.

I’ve been with Brookes Bell for nearly 12 years and involved with these software solutions for nine of those. On graduating from the University of Strathclyde I joined Safety at Sea in Glasgow – originally a university spin-off and then later becoming a formal subsidiary of Brookes Bell. In Glasgow we have a history of developing novel software solutions, and I quickly moved towards working on these, combining my engineering background with my keen interest in software development to enhance and develop our core software products for our global clients over a number of years. Regulations continue to evolve and strengthen and it’s my job to ensure our software tools maintain pace with all requirements and retain their relevance in a changing world. Ultimately, I see my role as creating software solutions to complex engineering problems both from a design and an operational perspective.

It's not easy to get away from the computer screen, especially when I enjoy playing computer games and coding in my spare time. But when I do, I like to spend time with my fiancée Jo and our Pug - Captain Pugwash (even the dog has a nautical connection). I like to run, and ski and until recently I was lucky enough to live part of the year near Morzine in France, where the skiing was great, and the running tough! We’re now back in Scotland full time and looking forward to getting back to sailing and exploring the West Coast once lockdown eases.

Scientific Information Sheets

Our information sheet series continues with marine coating services.

Marine Coating Services Sheet

Scientific Information Sheets

With inevitable delays in the global logistics chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware of concerns that shipowners, charterers, cargo owners, P&I Clubs or other commercial/insurance interests may have in respect of cargo care and the effect of delays on cargo safety and condition during this difficult time.​

Our highly qualified cargo scientists, with decades of experience and a depth of cargo expertise unrivalled in the industry, have produced a series of information sheets which showcase our commodity expertise; this week we are focusing on coal and related commodities.

Coal and Related Commodities PDF

Webinar on Safe Return to Port: Principles and Impact on Design

Brookes Bell invites you to a webinar on ‘Safe Return to Port: Principles and Impact on Design’ on 29 May 2020. Join our in-house experts to better understand the IMO SOLAS regulation and work through a practical example of the impact of the regulation on the design of systems.

Register here.

Webinar invite and overview.

COVID-19 May Update

Following on from our Shanghai office being re-opened in April we are now pleased to announce the re-opening of our office in Hong Kong. Our other offices in Singapore and the UK are still operating remotely, and we are still actively supporting clients locally in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and throughout the UK.

If you need to get in touch with us urgently - particularly out of office hours - we recommend calling our out of hours numbers or our team directly on mobiles if you know who you wish to speak to. Contact details, including mobile phone numbers for our employees, are available on our website www.brookesbell.com or alternatively you can use our Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the App Store®.

Navigation Analysis

As digitisation within the shipping industry becomes more advanced, our expert Nautical Team of Master Mariners have enhanced their forensic analysis and assessment capability with the acquisition of Marine Accident Data Analysis Software (MADAS) across our global network. We now have the capability of undertaking both routine as well as post incident VDR analysis of navigational situations which enables us to offer an expert review and appraisal of navigation analysis of the bridge team from the VDR recording. Our Nautical Team is supported by our in-house industry-leading, worldwide network of naval architects, engineering consultants, metallurgists and scientists.

Navigation Analysis Fact Sheet

COVID-19 April update

While most of the Brookes Bell offices around the globe are currently working remotely in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Shanghai office. It is encouraging to see the situation in China is improving with shipping and port operations starting to return to normal and our local team are support clients with attendances across the country.

Brookes Bell prides itself on the high level of service and support which it provides to its clients and we have for some time been implementing IT systems and operational practices which allow our teams to work remotely without impacting on the services we offer.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen restrictions imposed on international travel. Brookes Bell is nevertheless still actively supporting clients locally in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and throughout the UK. Even though we may not be able to attend in some locations around the globe, we can continue to provide you with guidance on best practice and therefore we encourage you to continue to call us in order to discuss how we can adapt our services to assist.

If you need to get in touch with us urgently - particularly out of office hours - we recommend calling our out of hours numbers or our team directly on mobiles if you know who you wish to speak to. Contact details, including mobile phone numbers for our employees, are available on our website www.brookesbell.com or alternatively you can use our Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the App Store®.

COVID-19 Update

All Brookes Bell offices around the globe are currently working remotely in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Brookes Bell prides itself on the high level of service and support which it provides to its clients, and we have for some time been implementing IT systems and operational practices, which allow our teams to work remotely without impacting on the services we offer.

The current COVID-19 pandemic introduces several operational challenges for Brookes Bell and its clients, and we are continuing to provide support while still adhering to travel and local government restrictions. In all cases of attendance or site visits Brookes Bell is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of its employees and those on site. Even though we may not be able to attend in some cases we can continue to provide you with guidance on best practice and therefore we encourage you to continue to call us in order to discuss how we can adapt our services to assist.

We anticipate that the current landscape will be different for everyone over the coming months, but one of Brookes Bell’s key attributes is our ability to adapt and we will continue to do so to ensure that we retain our position as a leading multi-disciplinary technical and scientific consultancy serving the marine and energy sectors.

If you need to get in touch with us urgently - particularly out of office hours - we recommend calling our out of hours numbers or our team directly on mobiles if you know who you wish to speak to. Contact details, including mobile phone numbers for our employees are available on our website here or alternatively you can use our Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the App Store®.

Minimising the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining service

Central to Brookes Bells Business Continuity arrangements is our ability to work remotely. Our Shanghai and Hong Kong offices have been able to work from home fully and effectively since the start of the outbreak in January, allowing normal business operations to continue.

As of Wednesday 18 March all our UK offices will be working remotely. We will still be providing the same high levels of service our clients have come to expect from Brookes Bell and we will strive to support our clients through what is a difficult time for everyone.

If you need to get in touch with us urgently - particularly out of office hours - we recommend calling our out of hours numbers or our team directly on mobiles if you know who you wish to speak to. Contact details, including mobile phone numbers for our employees are available on our website here www.brookesbell.com or alternatively you can use our Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the App Store®.

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New Starter

Brookes Bell is pleased to welcome Tryphonas Petrou to the team. Tryphonas, a Senior Mechanical Engineer, is based in our Glasgow office.

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