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 Simon Hope

Simon Hope

Three decades as a self-employed coating consultant for the oil majors, military, offshore contractors and coating manufacturers—plus stints in shipping, power generation and other industries—have provided plenty of fodder for Simon Hope’s sharp observations. He welcomes “a healthy or unhealthy debate” on any coating topic, adding: “I never cease to be amazed at the messes that individuals manage to achieve—and, having reached rock bottom, seem to think that dynamiting is the way forwards.”


Land Mines on the Road to Safety
By Simon Hope

I never cease to wonder at the depths to which individuals will lower themselves for self-promotion.... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2014 | 3 COMMENTS

Techie Trials and Paper Tigers
By Simon Hope

Life is great, things progress, and every day a shiny new techno-toy arrives to make our work easier … or so we are all told.... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 9, 2013 | 6 COMMENTS

Dirty Secrets of the ‘Q’ Word
By Simon Hope

Having dispensed with human competence, can we hope for any better from its inanimate, intangible cousin ... quality?... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 25, 2013 | 4 COMMENTS

‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence
By Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differences between training, competence and experience.... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 7, 2013 | 16 COMMENTS

Foul Play with the Not-So-Fine Print
By Simon Hope

Over the years, I have watched all sorts of wonderful ideas come and go—many of them well thought out, but also a large number of what can be described only as “snake oil” get-rich-quick schemes.... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

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