The Safety, Risk and Reliability Offshore course enables you to understand and apply the basic concepts of risk and reliability analysis in the offshore environment.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700.  The course fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This course is delivered through a balanced combination of lectures and practical sessions. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will: 

  • Be able to explain the concept of RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) and its application in the offshore energy industry
  • Have a basic understanding of reliability analysis techniques and the mathematical basis of risk and reliability
  • Be able to apply various tools (e.g. fault tree and event tree analysis, FMEA/FMECA, HAZOP, reliability block diagram) in risk and reliability assessment of offshore energy systems
  • Appreciate the role of human error and equipment failure in accident causation
  • Understand how the above relate to the preparation of offshore safety cases.

Core content

  • Introduction: concept of RAMS, risk management and reliability engineering
  • Failure distributions: how to analyse and interpret failure data, introduce the most commonly used discrete and continuous failure distributions (e.g. Poisson, Exponential, Weibull and Normal)
  • Reliability and availability analysis: system breakdown, MTTF/MTBF/MTTR, survival, failure/hazard rate
  • Risk management process: hazard identification, assessment, evaluation and mitigation (risk acceptance, reduction, ignorance, transfer)
  • Risk assessment techniques for offshore energy systems: risk matrix, Pareto analysis, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, failure mode and effects analysis, hazard and operability studies
  • Reliability analysis techniques for offshore energy systems: reliability block diagram, minimal cut-sets, series and parallel configurations, k-out-of-n systems, redundancies
  • Human reliability analysis and accident causation: major accident sequences, risk perception and control of risk, human reliability assessment tools: HEART and THERP
  • Offshore safety case and formal safety assessments: regulatory regime, safety case requirements, types of study, scenario development, examples of use of QRA methods, consequence analysis, vulnerability of essential systems, smoke and gas ingress, evacuation escape and rescue and typical output
  • Review of major offshore accidents: Sea Gem, Alexander Keilland, Star Canopus and Piper Alpha disaster
  • Introduction to maintainability and its various measures, impact of maintenance strategy on system reliability
  • Introduction to structural reliability analysis: stress strength interference and limit state concepts, first-order/second-order reliability method (FORM/SORM), Damage accumulation and modelling of time dependent failures
  • Workshops and case studies: Work in groups to determine the risk and reliability of subsea production systems using various tools and techniques.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

The course will benefit mechanical, structural, pipeline, industrial engineers and technicians who are or plan to be involved in risk and reliability assessment of offshore assets.



10% discount applies if booked eight weeks in advance. 10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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