Offshore Risk Assessment is the first book to deal with quantified risk assessment (QRA) as applied specifically to offshore installations and operations. Risk assessment techniques have been used for some years in the offshore oil and gas industry, and their use is set to expand increasingly as the industry moves into new areas and faces new challenges in older regions.
The book starts with a thorough discussion of risk analysis methodology. Subsequent chapters are devoted to analytical approaches to escalation, escape, evacuation and rescue analysis of safety and emergency systems. Separate chapters analyze the main hazards of offshore structures: Fire, explosion, collision and falling objects. Risk mitigation and control are then discussed, followed by an outline of an alternative approach to risk modelling that focuses especially on the risk of short-duration activities.
Not only does the book describe the state of the art of QRA, it also identifies weaknesses and areas that need development. Readership: Besides being a comprehensive reference for academics and students of marine/offshore risk assessment and management, the book should also be owned by professionals in the industry, contractors, suppliers, consultants and regulatory authorities.
Jan Erik Vinnem is Professor II of Risk Analysis at University of Stavanger, Norway. He is also a specialist advisor and CEO of Preventor AS, a consultancy to the Norwegian offshore industry. His professional career includes experience in the petroleum industry (Statoil and Total), and work as a private consultant (as the founder of Safetec Nordic AS and Preventor AS), in addition to his time in research and education. His research interests include decision support tools, risk management, risk acceptance, risk analysis methods, and risk assessments reflecting human and organizational factors.
Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Risk Picture. 3. Risk Presentation and Acceptance Criteria. 4. Methodology for Quantified Risk Assessment. 5. Analysis Techniques. 6. Fatality Risk Assessment. 7. Approach to Risk Based Design. 8. Fire Risk Modelling. 9. Explosion Risk Modelling. 10. Collision Risk Modelling. 11. Risk due to Miscellaneous Hazards. 12. Risk Mitigation and Control. 13. Risk Control during Operation. 14. New Approach to the Characterisation of Risk. 15. Applicability of Risk Assessment to Shipping. Appendices. References. Subject Index.