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The 56th ESReDA seminar was held on 23‐24 May 2019, hosted by Johannes Kepler University (Institute for Stochastics and Linz Center of Mechatronics) Linz, Austria.

Vital services continuity is a major societal security issue in modern society. The supply of the vital services is guaranteed thanks to a large variety of Critical Infrastructures (CIs). Some CIs’ disruptions may endanger the security of the citizen, the safety of the strategic assets and even the governance stability.

The CIs are more and more connected thanks to the information technology (IT) and supply services in every aspect in man’s daily-life. The continuous progress in the IT fields pushes modern systems and infrastructures to be more and more: intelligent, distributed and proactive. That increases not only the operational complexity of the CI’s but also their vulnerability. The more complex a system is, the more vulnerable it will be and the more numerous are the threats that can impact on it. The loss of operability of critical infrastructures may, thus, lead to severe global crises.

Engineers, designers, operators and legislators should enhance the system preparedness and resilience facing different threats. That requires continuous efforts and resources of all kinds in a variety of fields. One of them is “Modelling, Simulation & Analysis (SM&A)” of the CI in order to enhance the CIs’ preparedness & resilience.

In order to report on the most recent developments in the field of the CIs preparedness & resilience MS&A and the availability of the relevant data, ESReDA will hold its 56th Seminar on the following thematic: “Critical Services continuity, Resilience and Security”.

The programme proposed 19 papers within 7 sessions: “CI Interdependency & Disruption Risk Analysis”, “Systems & Processes Performance Modelling”, “Continuity, Disruption Modelling & Resilience”, “Mathematical Modelling of System Performance”, Monitoring, Diagnosis & Data”, “Surveillance, Maintenance and Services Continuity” and “Climate & CI Protection”.

Also, the technical programme included two keynote lectures: “Towards an ecosystem of models – Common visions of automated engineering and critical infrastructure modelling” by Pr. Johann Hoffelner and “Risk and reliability engineering for crisis management: using experience from asset management” by Pr. Cyp F.H. van Rijn.

The final proceedings of the 56th ESReDA Seminar are already available (click to download pdf) for public consultation and free downloading in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

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The 55th ESReDA Seminar took place in Bucharest, Romania, 9-10 October 2018, hosted by the Romanian Railway Investigating Agency (AGIFER).

This seminar was opened by Mr. Luís Andrade Ferreira, ESReDA president and Vasile Belibou, the AGIFER General Manager. For the first time for ESReDA, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Transports, Mr. Călin Cristian Forț, introduced on Romanian Railways evolutions.

The programme proposed 22 papers within 7 sessions: “Past, present, future”; “Organizations and human aspects”; “Methodological aspects”; “Lessons learned and historical perspectives”; “Methods”; “Case studies” and “Going across sectors”. About 80 participants from 15 countries (France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, The Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, United Kingdom, Israel and Romania) contributed through their presentations, discussions and expertise in establishing the state-of-the-art in the field.

The technical programme included three keynote lectures: from Dan Serbanescu from Romanian Academy of science, about “Similitudes and interconnections in accidents investigation and learning processes in various lifecycle phases and socio political environments for systems using different technologies“; from Teodor Gradinariu, Senior Technical Advisor, at International Union of Railways, France that addressed “Cyber security in railways, threats and challenges” (results of UIC project ARGUS). In addition, the seminar had the privilege to listen to Mr. Raed Arafat, State Secretary at Romanian Internal Affairs Ministry, who explained how he challenged the emergency situations management for the Bucharest metro network with a public and private interface.

For the first time in an ESReDA seminar, the Technical Program Committee (TPC) organized one hour workshop “Debate about the Remaining Challenges of Accident Investigation and Potential Innovative Breakthroughs” (9th October 2018) to increase the Experts debate time which is the essence of ESReDA community. The participants were divided (by the TPC) into 8 groups (4 in English language, 4 in Romanian language) and they had to identify problems and solutions regarding the four phases of accident investigation (organizational issues, fact-finding, analysis/recommendations, follow up). The results and ideas were presented within a reflection session to all participants the second day.

The final proceedings of the 55th ESReDA Seminar are already available (click to download pdf) for public consultation and free downloading in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

Full programme of the 55th ESReDA Seminar is available at ESReDA website. Few photos of the seminar were captured and now being displayed in the Gallery section of the website.

The 57th ESReDA seminar was held on 23rd‐24th October 2019, hosted by the Technical University of Valencia and supported by the research and educational center C-Motores Termicos. There were eight paper presentations and three keynote speeches by Prof. Olga Fink (ETH Zurich), Prof. Sebastián Martorell (U. Poliètcnica de València) and Prof. Marco Riani (U. de Parma). Also, in a round table, it was discussed by Henk Wells and Mohammad Raza the problems dealing with the application of digital concepts to Risk Based Inspections. Continue reading “57th ESReDA Seminar on Advances in Reliability, Risk and Safety Analysis with Big Data (23-24 October 2019, Valencia, Spain)”

14-16 July 2020, Nottingham, UK

The 11th International Conference on Modelling in Industrial Maintenance and Reliability (MIMAR) will take place in Nottingham, UK from 14 – 16 July 2020. This event is the premier maintenance and reliability modelling conference in the UK and builds upon a very successful series of previous conferences. It is an excellent international forum for disseminating information on the state-of-the-art research, theories and practices in maintenance and reliability modelling and offers a platform for connecting researchers and practitioners from around the world.

The submission deadlines for abstracts and the optional full paper for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings are listed below. All submissions are subject to rigorous review before an acceptance decision is made. Continue reading “11th IMA International Conference on Modelling in Industrial Maintenance and Reliability MIMAR (14-16 July 2020, Nottingham, UK)”

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Power plants are not functioning to the fullest 100 % of the time. Maintenance and inspection of some components require them to be off-line in time, however, this can be planned such that customers continue receiving power from the electrical grid, steam or district heating from other plants. Unplanned outages due to failures or external conditions may cause surprises and can lead to situations in which the demand is not satisfied at short term at large costs.

In this book unavailability is modelled both qualitatively and quantitatively, in order to optimize power plants efficiency.

The book is derived from earlier papers presented at ESReDA, PGMON, VGB working groups and other committees while the author was working with KEMA and its legacy companies and departments NRG, DNV GL and DEKRA.

Available at VGB website.

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On the 14-15 November 2017, ESReDA (European Safety, Reliability & Data Association) in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre organized the 53rd ESReDA Seminar entitled Enhancing Safety: the Challenge of Foresight in Ispra, Italy.

The seminar offered a technical programme with four keynote speeches from:

‒     Fabiana Scapolo, European Commision Joint Reserach Centre, Belgium;

‒     Ana Afonso, European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy;

‒     Antonio d’Agostino, European Union Agency for Railways, Valenciennes, France;

‒     Lorenzo Fiamma, European Maritime Safety Agency, Lisbon, Portugal.

There were also 23 other presentations made by stakeholders from universities, research centres, industry, government service and safety authorities. They topics addressed were foresight related from various perspectives: safety, risk assessment, scenarios, resilience, horizon scanning, early warning signals, database management, whistle-blowers, knowledge management, big data, data visualisation, etc., and from various industries: nuclear, chemical, electricity, food, maritime, railroad and aviation. These presentations were grouped in nine sessions as follows:

‒     Transferring foresight approaches to the safety domain

‒     Foresight challenges in safety management

‒     Foresight and technology

‒     From risk analysis as input to foresight

‒     Tools and methodologies

‒     Foresight for safety management

‒     Early warning signs: Understanding threats through monitoring

‒     Learning from experience to improve foresight in safety

‒     From database management to foresight

There were 57 participants from 15 countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States).

The final proceedings of the 53rd ESReDA Seminar are available for download (click to download), in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

24-30 June 2018, Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland

The annual one-week Summer Safety and Reliability Seminars are organised to advance the methods for the safety and reliability analysis of complex systems and processes and to disseminate the newest achievements in the field. Continue reading “The 12th Summer Safety & Reliability Seminars SSARS 2018 (24-30 June 2018, Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland)”

On the 14-15 November 2017, ESReDA (European Safety, Reliability & Data Association) in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre organized the 53rd ESReDA Seminar entitled Enhancing Safety: the Challenge of Foresight in Ispra, Italy. Continue reading “53rd ESReDA Seminar on Enhancing Safety: the Challenge of Foresight (14-15 November 2017, Ispra, Italy)”

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On the 30th – 31st May 2017, ESReDA (European Safety, Reliability & Data Association) in collaboration with Lithuanian Energy Institute and Vytautas Magnus University (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) organized the 52nd ESReDA Seminar on Critical Infrastructures: Enhancing Preparedness & Resilience for the security of citizens and services supply continuity (Kaunas, Lithuania). Continue reading “52nd ESReDA Seminar on Critical Infrastructures (May 30-31, Kaunas, Lithuania)”

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This year the conference will take place in Lucca, a gorgeous Renaissance city in Tuscany, 9-11 October 2017.

CRITIS 2017 aims at promoting innovative research and key achievements in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection (C(I)IP) and to foster the cross-sector dialogue between relevant stakeholders. Continue reading “CRITIS 2017 conference (October 9-11, Lucca, Italy)”

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28 February 2018 – 1 March 2018 in Bonn (Germany) by VGB PowerTech

This biennial event is addressed to all experts of the conventional and nuclear division, to the experts of maintenance in power plants and service companies and to the independent inspectors and deputies of governments, who are concerned with new developments in the divisions maintenance, inspection and repair. This conference is to put up the current subjects in discussion and to cultivate the intensive exchange of experiences especially for the experts of maintenance in power plants. Continue reading “Conference “Maintenance in Power Plants 2018” with Technical Exhibition”

After recalling the major industrial challenges, the article discusses the evolution of approaches and methods of risk management, dependability and safety from 1990 to 2015. Three periods can be distinguished. The first is oriented maintenance purposes. The second, given the scarcity of financial resources, is concerned with ageing management and life cycle management. Continue reading “Risk management, safety and dependability: looking back from 1990 to 2015, which future? (by André Lannoy)”

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25th June – 1st July 2017, Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland

SSARS 2017 website: http://ssars.am.gdynia.pl

The annual one-week Summer Safety and Reliability Seminars are organised to advance the methods for the safety and reliability analysis of complex systems and processes and to disseminate the newest achievements in the field. The subjects of the Seminars, different from year to year, are chosen by the Seminars Boards in an effort to dynamically represent the methodological advancements developed to meet the newly arising challenges in the field of safety and reliability. Continue reading “The 11th Summer Safety & Reliability Seminars (SSARS 2017)”

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The 51st ESReDA Seminar on Maintenance and Life Cycle Assessment of Structures and Industrial Systems was held on the 20th-21st October, 2016. It was the last seminar of ESReDA project group ROLCCOST “Reliability-based Life Cycle Cost Optimization of Structures and Infrastructures”. It was held in the Pascal Institute, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France). There were 21 presentations of high scientific level and fruitful discussions among the experts in the field, along with technical visits in the Technical facilities at Sigma-Clermont and Civil Engineering experimental facilities at Polytech Clermont-Ferrand. The seminar has been attended by 35 experts and scientists coming from 7 European countries and 1 country out of Europe. Continue reading “51st ESReDA Seminar held in Clermont-Ferrand, France”

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July 3-6, 2017, Grenoble, France

MMR 2017 website: http://mmr2017.imag.fr

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend and contribute to the 10th International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR 2017), which will take place in Grenoble, France, on July 3-6, 2017. Continue reading “10th International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR 2017)”

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CRITIS 2015: to monitor the innovative research and new challenges in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection (C(I)IP). CRITIS 2015 aims at bringing together researchers and professionals from academia, industry and governmental organisations working in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructure systems. Continue reading “The Tenth International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security”

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In 2016, the Safety and Reliability Society will co-organise the European Safety and Reliability Conference ESREL 2016 jointly with Strathclyde University and ESRA. The conference will be held on 25-29 September 2016 in the Conference Centre of the new Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) in the heart of Glasgow.

The Programme Committee will be led by Lesley Walls (Strathclyde), while the meeting will have three co-chairs – Terje Aven (ESRA), Richard Denning (SaRS) and Tim Bedford (Strathclyde).

For more information, see http://www.sars.org.uk/news/esrel-2016-uk/ Continue reading “SARS and ESREL joint-conference 2016”

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The definition of Asset Management stated in by PAS 55:2008 is: Systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which an organization optimally and sustainably manages its assets and asset systems, their associated performance, risks and expenditures over their life cycles for the purpose of achieving  its organizational strategic plan.

It is an integrated approach, which aims to include a holistic, systematic, systemic, risk-based and optimized analysis of the physical assets. But what does it actually means for organizations? Continue reading “Why Engineering Asset Management is important?”

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As a permanent and most senior member of the ESReDA Bureau of Directors (BoD), Henri Procaccia is viewed as something of a sage by association members. Given that Henri’s experience in reliability and risk assessment stretches over four decades, along with his personal involvement with EUReDATA since its inception in 1973, it’s not surprising that he has achieved elder statesman status. Continue reading “Henri Procaccia – Elder Statesman of ESReDA”

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International standards play a vital role in improving the quality of the products and services we use every day – from the safety of our railways, to the reliability of machinery and even the compatibility of our banking systems. But how do these standards come about? The answer lies in the collaborative work of experts across Europe. Together, they are striving to create practical tools to tackle global challenges including health, safety, security and climate change. Continue reading “Raising standards: ESReDA experts at work”