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TOPIC: Case study material on failed projects

02 Nov 2010 08:27 Case study material on failed projects #9

Does anyone know of some publicly available papers or websites that have case studies on failed projects and cover why they failed. There is one case study in particular covering a failed project to build an oil refinery platform using "new streamlined engineering techniques" but it sank during deployment, but I can't remember the name of the project.

02 Nov 2010 22:02 Re: Case study material on failed projects #12

The refinery platform was from Petrobras as per the attached file.
In March 2001, a series of explosions sank Petrobras Platform 36.
Proximate Cause:
• Leakage of volatile fluids burst a shut down emergency drain tank and set off a violent chain of events
Underlying Issues:
• A corporate focus on cost-cutting over safety
• Poor design of individual parts with regards to a system safety context
• Component failure without sufficient backups
• Lack of training and communication

excerpt from NASA, System Failure Case Studies at (I tried to attach the pdf but didn't seem to work)


03 Nov 2010 09:11 Re: Case study material on failed projects #15

Thanks for the response Dave,

BTW - I have reported the attachment upload problem to our website ISP
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