52nd ESReDA Seminar on Critical Infrastructures (May 30-31, Kaunas, Lithuania)

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).

Critical Infrastructures Preparedness (CIP) and Resilience is a major societal security issue in modern society. Critical Infrastructures (CIs) provide vital services to modern societies. Some CIs’ disruptions may endanger the security of the citizen, the safety of the strategic assets and even the governance continuity.In order to report on the most recent developments in the field of the CIP & resilience Modelling, Simulation & Analysis (MS&A) and the availability f the relevant data, ESReDA held its 52nd Seminar on the following thematic: “Critical Infrastructures: Enhancing Preparedness & Resilience for the security of citizens and services supply continuity”.

The technical programme included plenary presentations by leading academics, scientists and risk managers. Speakers shared their scientific knowledge and experience, stimulating our thoughts and getting across methodologies and applications in different areas of Critical Infrastructures Preparedness and Resilience. Plenary presentations were given by:

  • Darius Labanauskas, Head of National Security and Crisis Management Unit (Office of the Government, Lithuania) – presentation (click to download) ,


  • Dr.Artūras Petkus, Head of Strategic Analysis Division, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (Lithuania),


  • Dr.Jurga Lazauskienė, Head of division of Bedrock Geology, Lithuanian Geological Survey, under the Ministry of Environment (Lithuania).


Besides, a specific Round Table Discussion on Cyber Security was organised – invited speakers shared their experience in the field leaded by the fruitful discussions:

  • Vytautas Butrimas, Subject Matter Expert, Research and Lessons Learned Department, NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (Lithuania) – presentation (click to download),


  • Marius Celskis, Information Security Manager, the Lithuania Electricity Transmission System Operator LITGRID AB (Lithuania) – presentation (click to download).


18 technical papers were presented covering five topics (5 sessions):

  • Emergency & Risk Management;
  • CIP & Safety Issues;
  • CIP & System Safety Engineering;
  • MS&A – Natural threats & CI’s Resilience;
  • MS&A – Preparedness, Vulnerability & Resilience.


Speakers shared their scientific knowledge and experience issued from areas of Critical Infrastructures Preparedness and Resilience. Different sectors were covered, such as: energy, transport, communication, civil protection, maritime-ports and nuclear reactors.

Full programme of the 52nd ESReDA Seminarclick to download

Presentations of the 52nd ESReDA Seminar Speakersclick to download

47 participants from 11 EU countries (Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and United Kingdom) contributed through their presentations, discussions and expertise in establishing the state-of-the-art in the field.

Few photos of the seminar were captured and now being displayed in the Gallery section of the website.

The final proceedings of the 52nd ESReDA Seminar will soon be available for public consultation and free downloading in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

CRITIS 2017 conference (October 9-11, Lucca, Italy)

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.

Special attention will be devoted to the contributions from young experts and researchers by continuing the tradition of the Young CRITIS Award (YCA) since our demanding multi-disciplinary field of research requires open-minded talents.

CRITIS 2017 will be organised around the following thematic sessions:

  • Cyber Security
  • Human Factors
  • Transports
  • Emergency Management
  • Urban Resilience
  • Trust and Information Sharing
  • Methods & Models


Paper submissions should mostly focus on one of the previous topics.

The deadline for submissions to CRITIS 2017 has been postponed at June 23rd.

However, innovative contributions are welcome. Junior experts less than 32 years old may apply for the Young CRITIS Award.A Young Critis Award will be awarded to the best contribution presented by a young author. Three finalists will also receive reduced funds.


Leaflet provides a preview of our invited speakers – click to download.


For More information: http://www.critis2017.org/


Conference “Maintenance in Power Plants 2018” with Technical Exhibition

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.

The following subjects are scheduled:

Subject 1: Current general requirements

  • Occupational safety
  • Test-, monitoring- and maintenance concepts
  • End of Life Management
  • Industry 4.0
  • Resource management
  • Outage management


Subject 2: Quality assurance

  • Supervision of projects
  • Isolation measures
  • Service companies management
  • Mobile maintenance


Subject 3: Techniques, experiences, damages

  • Boiler, Turbine, Generator, Auxiliary plant units
  • Preservation


Submission of suggestions of papers and lecturers (Language German and English) until the 31st July 2017.

Here you will find the Call for Papers and the reply sheet: https://www.vgb.org/en/instandhaltung_kraftwerken2018.html


Risk management, safety and dependability: looking back from 1990 to 2015, which future? (by André Lannoy)

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. Finally, the third, after the disasters of the 2000s, is a period of risk aversion and return to safety concerns. The article then explains how uncertainty is treated during these 25 years: model and propagate uncertainty, manage and analyze the uncertain data, decide in an uncertain context. The article concludes with the different actions that should be involved in the near future.

The article was presented as a keynote lecture in 51st ESReDA seminar at Clermont-Ferrand (20-21 October, 2016).


The book “Managing the Complexity of Critical Infrastructures” (by CIPRNet)

The book “Managing the Complexity of Critical Infrastructures”, published on the Springer website, is a product of the CIPRNet project (www.ciprnet.eu). The book collects all the contents of the three editions of the CIPRNet Master Class. It reports on new research directions in the field of critical infrastructure protection, dependency, preparedness and security, and explains how to model and simulate scenarios composed of several critical infrastructure systems.


You can download your copy for free at SpringerLink website.


The 11th Summer Safety & Reliability Seminars (SSARS 2017)

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. This year the emphasis is addressed to the following subjects: Reliability and Safety Improvement and Optimization Methods, Accident Consequences Modeling, Reliability of Complex Systems and Processes, Safety of Critical Infrastructures, Monte Carlo Simulation Methods in Safety and Reliability.


For more information: http://ssars.am.gdynia.pl

51st ESReDA Seminar held in Clermont-Ferrand, France

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.

Two keynote lectures has been highly appreciated:

  • Risk management, safety and dependability: looking back from 1990 to 2015, which future? By André Lannoy (IMdR, France);
  • Maintenance of Renewable Energy Systems: key issues, practices, recent works and remaining challenges, by Franck Schoefs (University of Nantes, France).

The discussions were held along the seminar underlined the importance of life cycle management of structures and infrastructures, by improving the predictive degradation models, the inspection and monitoring techniques and procedures, and the decision making considering uncertainties, as well as budget and reliability constraints.

The Seminar proceedings will be provided in the section “Seminar proceedings” to download for ESReDA Members soon.
Also few glimpses of the seminar were captured and now being displayed in the Gallery section of the website.

10th International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR 2017)

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.

The MMR conferences serve as a forum for presenting the latest advances of research in the mathematical theory of reliability and risk management (stochastic modeling, statistical inference, optimization, decision support,…), as well as their applications (aging, maintenance, degradation, prognostic and health management, monitoring, warranty, lifetime data analysis,…). Its objective is to bring together the best international experts in the field, both from academy and various industrial sectors such as energy, aeronautics, automobile, telecommunication,… As a major international forum on reliability, it attracts increasing number of researchers from all countries of the world.

MMR 2017 is organized by Grenoble Institute of Technology and Université Grenoble Alpes. It will be held at the brand new building of GreEN-ER, at Grenoble Institute of Technology, which is located in the center of Grenoble.

Grenoble is the capital of the French Alps. Second France’s most important centre of scientific research and high-tech industry after Paris, Grenoble is known for its great museums, excellent dining, outstanding quality of life and superb public transport system. Host of the 1968 Winter Olympics, the city center is the focal point for a metropolitan area of over 650,000 inhabitants, 60,000 of them students. Surrounded by the mountain ranges of Chartreuse, Vercors and Belledonne, the city lies on the bank of the river Isère. In Grenoble, you can love city life and wildlife at the same time, enjoy winter and summer altogether, mountain hikes and contemporary art exhibitions on a same day, you may strongly support sustainable development and be keen on archaeology, too.

We sincerely hope that you will join us and share a fruitful moment in this unique environment.

On behalf of MMR 2017 organizing committee,
Olivier Gaudoin
MMR 2017 General Chair

The Tenth International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security

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. Read More “The Tenth International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security”

SARS and ESREL joint-conference 2016

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/ Read More “SARS and ESREL joint-conference 2016”

Why Engineering Asset Management is important?

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? Read More “Why Engineering Asset Management is important?”

Henri Procaccia – Elder Statesman of ESReDA

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. Read More “Henri Procaccia – Elder Statesman of ESReDA”

Raising standards: ESReDA experts at work

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. Read More “Raising standards: ESReDA experts at work”