An intensive professional development training course on

Case Studies for
Learning from Major Failures -
Towards an Operational Excellence

Cases for Reliability, Maintenance and Operations Professionals

29 Apr-03 May 2024
Al Ain - UAE
03-07 Jun 2024
London - UK
19-23 Aug 2024
Al Ain - UAE
09-13 Sep 2024
Dubai - UAE
20-24 Jan 2025
Dubai - UAE
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Why Choose this Training Course?

This Case Studies for Learning from Major Failures training course presents a new methodology for learning from major disasters and driving change in industry safety. It explores the root cause of disasters and various preventive measures. It also links theory with practice in regard to risk, safety and reliability analysis. It uses analytical techniques originating from reliability analysis of equipment failures, multiple criteria decision making and artificial intelligence domains.

The Case Studies for Learning from Major Failures training course is intended to be from different industries such as oil and gas, nuclear power generation, aviation, marine, and process industries. It focuses on a number of well-known case studies including: The Titanic, the BP Texas City Incident, the Chernobyl Disaster, the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia Accident, the Bhopal Disaster, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster, and the Concorde Accident. This includes many examples for modeling and decision analysis.

This AZTech training course will feature:

  • Different approaches for learning from failures
  • Aspects of risk management and risk assessment
  • An interdisciplinary approach, combining risk analysis, reliability engineering, decision analysis and management science
  • Socio technical aspects of risk and disasters
  • Modeling and multiple criteria decision analysis

What are the Goals?

By the end of this AZTech training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understanding of safety, risk and continuity of operations
  • Development of people management skills
  • Mastering techniques that can enhance plant reliability
  • How to conduct benchmarking and quality systems auditing
  • Applying decision analysis approaches

Who is this Training Course for?

This AZTech course is highly recommended for all Operations, Maintenance, Reliability, Engineering and Technical Support staff. Also, this training course is applicable to any person actively involved or contemplating safety, performance measurement, improvement and/or quality and reliability related activities. It will also benefit:

  • Operations & Process Professionals
  • Reliability & Safety Professionals
  • Other professionals involved in process improvement
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Senior Managers and Supervisors

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This AZTech course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes tutor facilitation, direct input, delegate discussions, case studies, reviews, interactive exercises and video. Proposed models and case studies covered will be used in the teachings, and also draws on material from the research.

The Course Content

Day One: Safety Systems and Risk Management
  • Safety first
  • Learning from failures
  • Analyzing near misses, incidents & accidents
  • Taxonomy of theories
  • Nature of High Reliability Organisations (HRO)
  • Risk assessment, Choice of case studies and types of recommendations
Day Two: Continuity of Operations – Plant Systems Reliability
  • Coping with risks, and defining reliability and resilience
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) techniques
  • Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Risk Priority Number (RPN) and Iso Critical Curves
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Reliability Blok Diagram (RBD), and Reliability Cantered Maintenance (RCM)
  • Practical examples and case studies
 Day Three: A-Z of Disastrous Case Studies from Natural, Aviation, Marine and Space Industries
  • Hurricane Katrina Disaster (Natural Disasters and Evacuations)
  • NASA’s Challenger Disaster (Space Industry)
  • NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster (Space Industry)
  • Titanic – The Unsinkable ship that sank (Ships Industry)
  • Exxon Valdez – Oil Spill Disaster
  • Small Groups presentations
Day Four: Case Studies from High Reliability Organizations (HROs): Process Industry and Oil and Gas
  • Cases and generic lesson learned from Process industry: Bhopal Disaster (Petrochemical Industry in India)
  • Case and generic lesson learned from Oil and Gas industry:  Piper Alpha Disaster (Offshore Oil & Gas Industry)
  • BP Deep Water Horizon (Offshore Oil & Gas Industry)
  • BP Texas City Incident (Chemical and Process Industry)
  • Small Groups Presentations
  • Generic Lessons
Day Five: Case Studies from High Reliability Organizations (HROs): Nuclear Power Generation Industry
  • Case and generic lesson learned from Nuclear industry: Chernobyl Disaster (Nuclear Industry)
  • Fukushima Disaster (Nuclear Industry)
  • Group work and group presentations
  • Organizational Resilience and Learning from Failures and Success
  • Action Plans
  • Analysis and recommendations of Safety Barriers

The Certificate

  • AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the course

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