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Developing a Systems-Theoretic, Cross-Disciplinary, Scenario-Based Approach to Reducing Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants


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Oil System Safety Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Building on work that characterizes accidents as processes that involve complex interactions among social and technical factors, the project director plans to incorporate additional managerial, regulatory, environmental, and community preparedness factors into her new safety engineering approach. She proposes to strengthen cross-disciplinary efforts to prevent accidents such as Deepwater Horizon by creating tools that non-technical stakeholders can use to contribute relevant environmental and social knowledge to scenario planning, preventative design, and accident response activities.


Nancy Leveson
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