Based on the broad definition on emergency preparedness: All technical, operational and organizational measures which prevent a dangerous situation that has occurred from developing into an accidental event, or which prevent or reduce the harmful effects of accidental events that have occurred, the study comprises technological emergency response arrangements.
Emphasis is put on protection of critical infrastructure in society which could be defined on all levels; micro, meso and macro levels. Design philosophy, engineering and system requirements, loads, performance of emergency response arrangements (for example reliability, effectiveness, vulnerability), emergency preparedness and response phases (monitoring, detection/alarm, combat, search and rescue, evacuation and normalization/business continuity) and risk are all important aspects of how technical safety systems are constructed and operated. The interaction between humans, organizations and the technical safety systems, and the interactions between different systems are emphasized. Deterministic and probabilistic design principles for engineering technical safety systems are important for the project work. The project work will either consist of a critical assessment of existing or detailed designed systems, or the work will be oriented towards design of new systems. The project is supported by the University Fund and Gassco, and it encompasses co-operation with Stord Haugesund University College. The aim of the projects are to:
- Evaluate design principles for technical safety systems
- Analyse risk, vulnerability and emergency performance in relation to technical response arrangements
- Create design solutions adapted to production and safety targets
- Understand how to deal with complex interactions between systems, organizations and humans