Learning from failures: decision analysis of major disasters

Learning from Failures provides techniques to explore the root causes of specific disasters and how we can learn from them. It focuses on a number of well-known case studies, including: the sinking of the Titanic; the BP Texas City incident; the Chernobyl disaster; the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia accident; the Bhopal disaster; and the Concorde accident. This title is an ideal teaching aid, informed by the author's extensive teaching and practical experience and including a list of learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter, detailed derivation, and many solved examples for modeling and decision analysis. This book discusses the value in applying different models as mental maps to analyze disasters. The analysis of these case studies helps to demonstrate how subjectivity that relies on opinions of experts can be turned into modeling approaches that can ensure repeatability and consistency of results. The book explains how the lessons learned by studying these individual cases can be applied to a wide range of industries. This work is an ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and will also be useful for industry professionals who wish to avoid repeating mistakes that resulted in devastating consequences.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction to the Concept of Learning from Failures

  2. Introduction to Failure Analysis Techniques in Reliability Modeling

  3. Introduction to the Analytic Hierarchy Process

  4. Bhopal Disaster—Learning from Failures and Evaluating Risk

  5. BP Deepwater Horizon

  6. BP Texas City Disaster

  7. Chernobyl Disaster

  8. The Concorde Crash

  9. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

  10. Hurricane Katrina Disaster

  11. NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia Accident

  12. Titanic, the Unsinkable Ship That Sank

  13. Introduction to the Concept of the Generic Lesson as an Outcome of Learning from Failures

  14. A Model of Learning and Unlearning from Failures