UCLA civil engineer to lead Italy earthquake research team

Earthquake destruction in central Italy.

Earthquake destruction in central Italy.

The chair of the UCLA civil and environmental engineering department, Jonathan P. Stewart, is leading a U.S. team traveling to Italy this weekend to work with Italian scientists. Together, they will investigate geotechnical and geological aspects of the earthquake sequence that occurred between August 24 and August 29.

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John Garrick Gives Plenary Lecture at Japan Conference

International Symposium on Science, Engineering, and Strategy for Risk Based Maintenance

Venue: Ono Auditorium, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Scope of Symposium: Japan’s industrial growth, especially along the coastal areas of major cities, has increased the concern about assuring safety to the public and workers as well as the protection of the environment.  There is increasing pressure to achieve the appropriate balance between safety assurance and productivity commensurate with both good safety and business practices.  In this regard the Japanese industry is turning to the risk sciences for new technologies and tools to better measure and control overall performance of industrial systems.  Such tools are designed to not only assess and make transparent the risks involved and their contributing factors, but also provide roadmaps for such activities as inspection, maintenance, and corrective actions.  Such actions are consistent with the goal of the 180th Committee on Risk-Based Plant Management that was established in 2007 as a University-Industry Cooperative Research Committee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science with its goal to develop risk based management systems suited to Japan.

With experts from Japan and abroad, the purpose of this international symposium is to summarize the activities of the 180th Committee, to discuss the potential of risk based management, the current issues that exist, and to offer possible solutions.

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Institute Director, Prof. Ali Mosleh gives the keynote speech at Kuwait - Japan Joint International Conference RISK MANAGEMENT For Integrity of Oil Production And Refining Facilities

Location: The Kuwait Hilton Resort, Al-Mangaf, Kuwait

Keynote Title: "Frontiers of Reliability and Risk Management Methods: An Assessment and Suggestions for Application in the Oil Industry"

Abstract:

Methods and technologies of reliability engineering, safety assessment, and risk management have gone through more than 50 years of evolution and advancements, and currently enjoy wide acceptance in many fields of application. Over the past two decades significant progress has been made on various fronts, including formulation of common scientific bases for these disciplines, development of advanced engineering approaches, and introduction of a wide array of sophisticated analytical methods. Most promising is the trend in fusion of scientific and engineering methods and technologies for more effective and proactive management of reliability, safety and risk concerns. An example is the rapidly advancing system prognostics and health monitoring technologies. This talk will examine the state of the art in reliability, safety, and risk disciplines, and offer some suggestions on applications to Oil Production and Refining Facilities.

See keynote and full program.

Director Mosleh signs Joint Research MoU on Nuclear Engineering between UCLA-GIRS and KHU

The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the University of California, Los Angeles, and College of Engineering at Kyung Hee University sign collaboration MoU.

This Cooperative Agreement was signed on July 28, 2015. The purpose of this agreement is to explore the scientific collaboration between the UCLA-GIRS research team in the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences and the KHU research team in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Faculty members from the B. John Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences and  Department of Nuclear Engineering at KHU to cooperate in common research projects, official programs for training and take joint steps to acquire funds that can be used to perform research of common interest, subsidize reciprocal visits for scientific collaboration and support activities carried out as part of collaboration.

Associate Professor Gyunyoung Heo of Mainformatics Lab, Department of Nuclear Engineering at Kyung Hee University, Korea