The Biennial LRF Distinguished Lecture in Safety and Reliability Engineering

Video Lectures

You can watch Professor Moan deliver the first Biennial LRET Distinguished Lecture in Safety and Reliability Engineering on the University's Video Lecture Page.

The LRF Distinguished Lecture in Safety and Reliability Engineering was first held in October 2012. It is a prestigious lecture on current topics and concerns in Safety and Reliability Engineering. The lecture is hosted at the University of Aberdeen and is closely aligned with the LRF Centre at the School of Engineering.

Upcoming Lecture: 

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"Systems Safety – Challenges and Opportunities" by Prof. Donald C Winter

Professor of Engineering Practice, Department of Naval Architecture
and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan

Thursday 31st October 2013, 6pm
King’s College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

An examination of major safety failures in disparate domains shows a number of parallels that highlight the challenges of providing for the safe operation of complex systems. Case studies from commercial aircraft crashes, passenger ship sinkings and submarine losses will be reviewed and compared to disasters in the offshore oil and gas industry, including Deepwater Horizon, Alexander Kielland and Piper Alpha. The difficulties of learning from such experiences will be addressed, along with a discussion of the tendency for such lessons to erode over time. The lecture will conclude with a commentary on techniques currently being employed to enhance safety and reliability, including safety management systems and safety culture development.

About Professor Donald C. Winter

Donald C. Winter is Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, USA. He served as the 74th Secretary of the US Navy from January 2006 to March 2009. Previously, Dr Winter held multiple positions in the aerospace and defence industry as a systems engineer, program manager and corporate executive. Dr Winter received a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan in 1972. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2002, and was the chair of the NAE committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon incident for the US Secretary of the Interior.

Previous Lectures

2012: Safety of Offshore Structures and Operations in the Oil and Gas Energy Sector

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Professor Torgeir Moan, Director of the Centre of Ships and Ocean Structures, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

18th October 2012

King’s College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

An overview of important developments regarding safety management of offshore structures and operations in the oil and gas energy sector is given. Based on relevant experiences with accidents, the hazards and means to control the associated risk are categorized from a technical-physical as well as human and organizational point of view. A comparison between the safety management approaches in different industries operating at sea – such as shipping, oil and gas, renewable energy, food production, coastal civil engineering is briefly touched upon.

Structural risk relates to extreme environmental and accidental events, as well as structural degradation and can be controlled by use of adequate design criteria, inspection, repair and maintenance as well as quality assurance and control of the engineering processes. Such measures are briefly outlined, while emphasis is placed on a quantitative design approach for dealing with structural robustness. In this connection, the inherent differences in the robustness of various structural concepts are pointed out. The application of risk and reliability methodology for safety management of novel and mature systems is briefly reviewed.  

Marine operations are becoming increasingly important in connection with transport and installation of offshore facilities, drilling operations, subsea operations, offloading, anchor line deployment etc. Marine operations involve hardware, software (i.e. in automatic controls), and especially human factors, and the inherent risk can be controlled by adequate planning of the operation and training of operators. Examples of assessment and mitigation of the risk in marine operations will be given.

About Professor Torgeir Moan

Torgeir Moan is Professor of Marine Technology, and since 2002 the Director of the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. CeSOS involves approximately 90 full- and part-time researchers. Dr. Moan has served on the Royal Inquiry Commission of the Alexander L. Kielland accident and other accident inquiries and serves on various advisory committees for industry and standardization organisations. He has been adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore and is honorary professor of two major Chinese universities.

Professor Moan’s main disciplines are structural analysis and design, with a focus on safety. He has carried out research as well as engineering design and analyses of innovative concepts for high speed vessels, LNG and FPSO ships, oil and gas platforms, floating bridges as well as offshore wind turbines.

Professor Moan has authored or co-authored about 500 journal and conference publications, and, with Professor Næss, a book on “Stochastic dynamic analysis of marine structures” (Cambridge University Press). He has supervised more than 400 MSc thesis students and 59 PhD students. Since 2001 Professor Moan has been editor of the Journal of Marine Structures and he serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

Professor Moan has delivered approximately 30 invited keynote lectures at major conferences and has received several international awards, including the Bruce Wallace award at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Statoil Research Prize, the James W. Rice award of ASME, the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame Award (Houston), SOBENA Award (Brazil), ISOPE Award and the Petroleum Safety Authority Award. He has been elected Fellow of three Academies in Norway and the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, and is a fellow of several professional societies.