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Responsibility modelling for contingency planning

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posted on 2011-08-25, 10:25 authored by Ian Sommerville, Tim Storer, Russell Lock
This paper proposes the use of responsibility modelling as a tool to support the process of contingency planning for civil emergencies. Existing contingency planning techniques produce documents which are difficult to analyse for vulnerabilities, particularly across organisational boundaries and are likely to be largely unused during an actual emergency. This paper presents a new approach to contingency planning based on the notion of responsibility modelling combined with HAZOPS analysis of information requirements. Whilst the work described in this paper represents research in progress, the example models presented do illustrate the potential use of responsibility modelling concepts to assist in the contingency planning process.



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SOMMERVILLE, I., STORER, T. and LOCK, R., 2007. Responsibility modelling for contingency planning. Working Paper 4, InDeED Project, School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, 17 September 2007.


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This paper was prepared for Safety Critical Systems Club 2007, Workshop on Understanding Why Systems Fail, Contingency Planning and Longer Term Perspectives on Learning from Failure in Safety Critical Systems. It is a working paper from the InDeED project http://www.indeedproject.ac.uk/


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