- Series: Engineering Systems
- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1st edition (January 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262016621
- ISBN-13: 978-0262016629
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety (Engineering Systems) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Nancy G. Leveson is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT. An acknowledged leader in the field of safety engineering, she has worked to improve safety in nearly every industry over the past thirty years.
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The draft PDF on her website has changed over the last few years so if you read an old version you may want to take another look at this final version. A whole chapter (Ch 5) is dedicated to demonstrating the new accident analysis method on a real complex system. Other chapters explain the new hazard analysis method (STPA) including an example with a power interlock. There is also a new safety-guided design process demonstrated by example with an industrial robot. Readers interested in more complex examples can find them on her website sunnyday.mit.edu.
A word of caution though: this book is not about decades-old reliability or hazard analysis methods (e.g. FMEA, FTA, PRA). This book is about the emerging paradigm shift in system safety and a new approach that has been developed over the last ~10 years to handle today's complex systems and the new kinds of problems they introduce.
The STAMP model suggested in the book is a real paradigm shift on how we should think about safety and other emergent behaviors of complex sociotechnical systems, unlike the reductionist approach that most of the traditional safety engineering approaches have taken (FMEA, PRA, FTA), the STAMP model is based on System Theory.
This book has provided the answer to many challenges in engineering design that I have experienced both in my industry and academic experiences. My view of the world, my thinking, my research directions are forever changed because of this work by Professor Leveson!
Unfortunately, this book isn't it. Recognition to her for making a draft copy of this available on her web site in pdf format. This is a text book, not a how-to manual. It appears this is still a theory, not a tool. Don't look to this as something you can use to try to raise the game in your company. The techniques are still being matured.
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