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Using Ontologies to Support Model-based Exploration of the Dependencies between Causes and Consequences of Hazards

Bloomfield, R. E. and Parisaca-Vargas, A. (2015). Using Ontologies to Support Model-based Exploration of the Dependencies between Causes and Consequences of Hazards. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development, 12-11-2015 - 14-11-2015, Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract

Hazard identification and hazard analysis are difficult and essential parts of safety engineering. These activities are very demanding and mostly manual. There is an increasing need for improved analysis tools and techniques. In this paper we report research that focuses on supporting the early stages of hazard identification. A state-based hazard analysis process is presented to explore dependencies between causes and consequences of hazards. The process can be used to automate the analysis of preliminary hazard worksheets with the aims of making them more precise, disambiguating causal relationships, and supporting the proper definition of system boundaries. An application example is presented for a railway system.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper was published in "Proceedings of the 7th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management" edited by Ana Fred; Jan Dietz; David Aveiro; Kecheng Liu and Joaquim Filipe, ISBN: 978-989-758-158-8.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > Software Reliability
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12801
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