Integration of Safety Analysis Techniques for Process Control Systems


ISAT - CP94-1594

Keywords: safety analysis, process control, control systems


Start Date: 1 May 95 / Duration: 24 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The project's objective is to integrate a set of techniques that are necessary to conduct the safety analysis of the application and software domains. The specific aims are:

Progress and Results

The first year of ISAT has been marked by a number of achievements: identification of criteria, specific for the target industry, which establishes the features of safety analysis techniques and characteristics of information categories necessary for preparing a safety case; identification of case studies that exercise the proposed techniques; identification of common semantic notions which underly a set of widely used safety analysis techniques; development of process models to describe the activities associated with the analysis of safety requirements, and information models to provide a structured record for the results of the analysis; development of two novel safety analysis techniques (a subjective one for providing a qualitative approach to assess the uncertainty associated with the safety of the system, and a technique for conducting the safety analysis of object oriented models).

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

New insights into the development of an integrated set of safety analysis techniques for the application and software domains are likely to be gained from this project. Strategies to provide a common framework in order to organise safety analysis techniques for the targeted industries can be expected as a downstream result.

Further information about the project is available from the ISAT home page http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/research/csr/projects/isat.html. A selection of the project reports and publications are available by ftp (details of access at the ISAT homepage.)


Coordinator

University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Department of Computing Science
UK-Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK

EU Partners

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Non-EU Partners

Franco Polish School of New Information Communication Techn., PL
Jozef Stefan Institute, SI
Institute of Power Systems Automation, PL

CONTACT POINT

Dr. Amer Saeed
Tel: +44 91 2226858
Fax: +44 91 2228788
E-mail: A.Saeed@newcastle.ac.uk


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ISAT - CP94-1594, May 1997


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