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Dahl, Kristina Rognlien & Huseby, Arne (2020). Environmental contours and optimal design, In Piero Baraldi; Francesco P. Di Maio & Enrico Zio (ed.),
eproceedings of the 30th European Safety and Reliability Conference and 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (ESREL2020 PSAM15).
Research Publishing Services.
ISBN 9789811485930.
3647.

Huseby, Arne & Christensen, Daniel (2020). Optimal reinsurance contracts in the multivariate case, In Piero Baraldi; Francesco P. Di Maio & Enrico Zio (ed.),
eproceedings of the 30th European Safety and Reliability Conference and 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (ESREL2020 PSAM15).
Research Publishing Services.
ISBN 9789811485930.
4280.
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An insurance contract implies that risk is ceded from ordinary policy holders to companies. Companies do the same thing between themselves as well. The rationale could be the same; i.e., that a financially weaker agent is passing risk to a stronger one. In reality even the largest companies do this to diversify risk, and financially the cedent may be as strong as the reinsurer. The problem of determining reinsurance contracts which are optimal with respect to some reasonable criterion has been studied extensively within actuarial science. Different contact types are considered such as stoploss contracts where the reinsurance company covers risk above a certain level, and insurance layer contracts where the reinsurance company covers risk within an interval. The contracts are then optimized with respect to some risk measure, such as valueatrisk or conditional tail expectation. In the present paper we consider the problem of minimizing valueatrisk in the case of multiple insurance layer contracts. Such contracts are known to be optimal in the univariate case, and the optimal contract is easily determined. In the multivariate case, however, finding an optimal set of contracts is not easy. By considering solutions where the risk is balanced between the contracts, we show how to find a solution using an efficient iterative Monte Carlo method. We also consider more general unbalanced solutions for which a slightly more complex optimization method must be applied. The methods are illustrated by numerical examples.

Huseby, Arne; Kalinowska, Martyna & Abrahamsen, Tobias (2020). Birnbaum criticality and importance measures for multistate systems with repairable components. Probability in the engineering and informational sciences (Print).
ISSN 02699648.
s 1 21 . doi:
10.1017/S0269964820000340
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We suggest four new measures of importance for repairable multistate systems based on the classical Birnbaum measure. Periodic component life cycles and general semiMarkov processes are considered. Similar to the Birnbaum measure, the proposed measures are generic in the sense that they only depend on the probabilistic properties of the compo nents and the system structure. The multistate system model encodes physical properties of the components and the system directly into the structure function. As a result, cal culating importance is easy, especially in the asymptotic case. Moreover, the proposed measures are composite measures, combining importance for all component states into a unified quantity. This simplifies ranking of the components with respect to importance. The proposed measures can be characterized with respect to two features: forwardlooking versus backwardlooking and with respect to how criticality is measured. Forwardlooking importance measures focus on the next component states, while backwardlooking impor tance measures focus on the previous component states. Two approaches to measuring criticality are considered: probability of criticality versus expected impact. Examples show that the different importance measures may result in unequal rankings.

Midtfjord, Alise Danielle & Huseby, Arne (2020). Estimating Runway Friction Using Flight Data, In Piero Baraldi; Francesco P. Di Maio & Enrico Zio (ed.),
eproceedings of the 30th European Safety and Reliability Conference and 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (ESREL2020 PSAM15).
Research Publishing Services.
ISBN 9789811485930.
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During the winter season, contamination of runway surfaces with snow, ice, or slush causes potential economic and safety threats for the aviation industry. The presence of these materials reduces the available tirepavement friction needed for retardation and directional control. Therefore, pilots operating on contaminated runways need accurate and timely information on the actual runway surface conditions. Avinor, the company that operates most civil airports in Norway, have developed an integrated runway information system, called IRIS, currently used on 16 Norwegian airports. The system uses a scenario approach to identify slippery conditions. In order to validate the scenario model, it is necessary to estimate runway friction. The present paper outlines how this can be done using flight data from the Quick Access Recorder (QAR) of Boeing 737600/700/800 NG airplanes. Data such as longitudinal acceleration, airspeed, ground speed, flap settings, engine speed, brake pressures are sampled at least each second during landings. The paper discusses some of the challenges with this. In particular, issues related to calibration of data are considered, and two different regression methods are compared.

Ross, Emma; Astrup, Ole Christian; BitnerGregersen, Elzbieta; Bunn, Nigel; Feld, Graham; Gouldby, Ben; Huseby, Arne; Liu, Ye; Randell, David; Vanem, Erik & Jonathan, Philip (2020). On environmental contours for marine and coastal design. Ocean Engineering.
ISSN 00298018.
195:106194, s 1 17 . doi:
10.1016/j.oceaneng.2019.106194
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Wang, Yinzhi; Hobæk Haff, Ingrid & Huseby, Arne (2020). Modelling extreme claims via composite models and threshold selection methods. Insurance, Mathematics & Economics.
ISSN 01676687.
91, s 257 268 . doi:
10.1016/j.insmatheco.2020.02.009
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The existence of large and extreme claims of a nonlife insurance portfolio influences the ability of (re)insurers to estimate the reserve. The excess overthreshold method provides a way to capture and model the typical behaviour of insurance claim data. This paper discusses several composite models with commonly used bulk distributions, combined with a 2parameter Pareto distribution above the threshold. We have explored how several threshold selection methods perform when estimating the reserve as well as the effect of the choice of bulk distribution, with varying sample size and tail properties. To investigate this, a simulation study has been performed. Our study shows that when data are sufficient, the empirical rule has the overall best performance in terms of the quality of the reserve estimate. The second best are either the square root rule or the exponentiality test. The latter works better when the right tail of the data is extreme. As the sample size becomes small, the best performance is obtained with simultaneous estimation. Further, the influence of the choice of bulk distribution seems to be rather large, especially when the distribution is heavytailed. Moreover, it shows that the empirical estimate of p≤b, the probability that a claim is below the threshold, is more robust than the theoretical one.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Barbosa, Maria Hjelset (2019). Environmental contours for mixtures of distributions, In Michael Beer & Enrico Zio (ed.),
Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference(ESREL). 22 – 26 September 2019 Hannover, Germany.
Research Publishing Services.
ISBN 9789811127243.
719.
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Environmental contours are widely used as a basis for e.g., ship design, especially in early design phases. The traditional approach to such contours is based on the wellknown Rosenblatt transformation. In the present paper we present a numerical method making it possible to apply the inverse Rosenblatt transformation to mixtures of distributions. Due to the effects of this transformation the probabilistic properties of the resulting environmental contour can be distorted. Based on a precise definition of the concept of exceedance probability, valid for all types of environmental contours, we show how to evaluate a given contour and adjust it so that it gets the desired properties. The methods are illustrated by a numerical example.

Ross, Emma; Astrup, Ole Christian; BitnerGregersen, Elzbieta; Bunn, Nigel; Feld, Graham; Gouldby, Ben; Huseby, Arne; Liu, Ye; Randell, David; Vanem, Erik & Jonathan, Philip (2019). On Environmental Contours for Marine and Coastal Design, In . ASME (ed.),
ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Volume 7B: Ocean Engineering.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ISBN 9780791858851.
V07BT06A012.

Vanem, Erik & Huseby, Arne (2019). Environmental Contours for Safe Design of Ships and Other Marine Structures, In
Book of Proceedings. 2nd International Conference on Structural Integrity for Offshore Energy Industry.
ASRANET.
ISBN 9781999614430.
paper.
s 70
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Agrell, Christian; Eldevik, Simen; Hafver, Andreas; Pedersen, Frank Børre; Stensrud, Erik & Huseby, Arne (2018). Pitfalls of machine learning for tail events in high risk environments, In Stein Haugen; Anne Barros; Coen van Gulijk; Trond Kongsvik & Jan Erik Vinnem (ed.),
Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World. Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 1721, 2018, Trondheim, Norway.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781351174657.
285.
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Most of today’s Machine Learning (ML) methods and implementations are based on correlations, in the sense of a statistical relationship between a set of inputs and the output(s) under inves tigation. The relationship might be obscure to the human mind, but through the use of ML, mathematics and statistics makes it seemingly apparent. However, to base safety critical decisions on such methods suffer from the same pitfalls as decisions based on any other correlation metric that disregards causality. Causality is key to ensure that applied mitigation tactics will actually affect the outcome in the desired way. This paper reviews the current situation and challenges of applying ML in high risk environments. It further outlines how phenomenological knowledge, together with an uncertaintybased risk perspective can be incorporated to alleviate the missing causality considerations in current practice.

Dahl, Kristina Rognlien & Huseby, Arne (2018). Buffered environmental contours, In Stein Haugen; Anne Barros; Coen van Gulijk; Trond Kongsvik & Jan Erik Vinnem (ed.),
Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World. Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 1721, 2018, Trondheim, Norway.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781351174657.
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The main idea of this paper is to use the notion of buffered failure probability from probabilistic structural design, first introduced by Rockafellar and Royset (2010), to introduce buffered environmental contours. Classical environmental contours are used in structural design in order to obtain upper bounds on the failure probabilities of a large class of designs. The purpose of buffered failure probabilities is the same. However, in contrast to classical environmental contours, this new concept does not just take into account failure vs. functioning, but also to which extent the system is failing. For example, this is relevant when considering the risk of flooding: We are not just interested in knowing whether a river has flooded. The damages caused by the flooding greatly depends on how much the water has risen above the standard level.

Huseby, Arne & Rabbe, Marit (2018). Optimizing warnings for slippery runways based on weather data, In Stein Haugen; Anne Barros; Coen van Gulijk; Trond Kongsvik & Jan Erik Vinnem (ed.),
Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World. Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 1721, 2018, Trondheim, Norway.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781351174657.
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Slippery runways represent a significant risk to aircrafts especially during the winter season. In order to apply the appropriate braking action, the pilots need reliable information about the runway conditions. Unfortunately the accuracy of runway reports can sometimes be unsatisfactory. In order to obtain more precise and uptodate information about the current conditions, a warning system based on various types of weather data was suggested by Huseby and Rabbe (2012). Huseby and Rabbe (2008) and Huseby et al. (2010). The system is based on a set of scenarios known to cause slippery conditions. By monitoring meteorological parameters like air and ground temperature, humidity, visibility and precipitation, and comparing these to the given scenarios, the system can issue warnings to the ground personnel. This system is currently being used on 16 Norwegian airports. In the present paper this warning system is reviewed. Ideally, the warning system should issue warnings whenever the estimated runway conditions are medium or worse. At the same time the system should not issue warnings when the runway conditions are good. Thus, there are two types of errors we need to take into consideration. Type 1 errors occur when the system does not issue a warning even though the conditions are medium or worse, while Type 2 errors occur if a warning is issued when the conditions are good. When designing the system, we need to find the optimal balance between these types of errors taking into account that a Type 1 error to a certain degree is considered to be worse than a Type 2 error. The paper describes how the system can be optimized using a combination of weather data and flight data.

Skutlaberg, Kristina; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2018). Partial monitoring of multistate systems. Reliability Engineering & System Safety.
ISSN 09518320.
180, s 434 452 . doi:
10.1016/j.ress.2018.08.006
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For large multicomponent systems it is typically too costly to monitor the entire system constantly. In the presentpaper we consider a case where a component is unobserved in a time interval [0, T]. The time T is a stochasticvariable with a distribution which depends on the structure of the system and the lifetime distribution of theother components. Diﬀerent systems will result in diﬀerent distributions of T. The main focus is on how theunobserved period of time a ﬀects what we learn about the unobserved component during this period. Weanalyse this by considering one single component in three diﬀerent cases. In the ﬁrst case we consider both T aswell as the state of the unobserved component at time T as given. In the second case we allow the state of theunobserved component at time T to be stochastic, while in the third case both T and the state are treated asstochastic variables. In all cases we study the problem using preposterior analysis. That is, we investigate howmuch information we can expect to get by the end of the time interval [0, T]. The methodology is also illustratedon a more complex example.

Vanem, Erik & Huseby, Arne (2018). Combined LongTerm and ShortTerm Description of Extreme Ocean Wave Conditions by 3Dimensional Environmental Contours, In
The Proceedings of The Twentyeighth (2018) International OCEAN AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE, ISOPE 2018.
International Society of Offshore & Polar Engineers.
ISBN 9781880653876.
paper.
s 470
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Vanem, Erik & Huseby, Arne (2018). Seasonal and OmniSeasonal Environmental Contours for Extreme Sea States, In
Proceedings of the 7th International Maritime Conference on Design for Safety, DfS 2018.
Osaka University.
ISBN 9784908678127.
paper.
s 148
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Huseby, Arne (2017). Optimizing energy production systems under uncertainty, In Lesley Walls; Matthew Revie & Tim Bedford (ed.),
Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice : Proceedings of ESREL 2016 (Glasgow, Scotland, 2529 September 2016).
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781138029972.
13.6.
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Electricity infrastructure has become a critical element of modern industrial society. In order to model and analyse this infrastructure, identify weaknesses, and optimize performance, one needs to take into account its distributed nature. Rather than modelling a single system, energy production and distribution systems consists of many more or less autonomous subsystems working together and trading with each other. Analytical models could perhaps be used to describe a single subsystem. However the complexity related to the interactions between the subsystems soon becomes unmanageable. Even establishing a simulation model for such phenomenons is a nontrivial task, especially if the model is required to be easily scaleable. In this paper we consider the problem of optimizing a simplified energy system with respect to supply stability. This is done using both deterministic methods and Monte Carlo methods. The system is broken into smaller units. These units may trade energy between them in order to maintain a stable supply covering the demand. An important element in the model is the ability to store energy within the unit. For some units, e.g., hydroelectric power plants, the energy can be easily stored in the form of a water reservoir. For other units, like wind power plants, storing energy is usually not feasible. By using an object oriented software framework, we can compare different production units, and study how these can interact in order to facilitate a stable total production.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Eskeland, Karoline (2017). Evaluating properties of environmental contours, In Marko Cepin & Radim Bris (ed.),
Safety & Reliability, Theory and Applications.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781138629370.
264.
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Environmental contours are widely used as a basis for e.g., ship design. The traditional approach to environmental contours is based on the wellknown Rosenblatt transformation. However, due to the effects of this transformation the probabilistic properties of the resulting environmental contour can be difficult to interpret. An alternative approach to environmental contours uses Monte Carlo simulations on the joint environmental model, and thus obtain a contour without the need for the Rosenblatt transformation. This contour have welldefined probabilistic properties, but may sometimes be overly conservative in certain areas. In this paper we give a precise definition of the concept of exceedence probability which is valid for all types of environmental contours. Moreover, we show how to estimate the exceedence probability of a given environmental contour, and use this to compare different approaches to contour construction. The methods are illustrated by numerical examples based on reallife data.

Lindqvist, Bo Henry; Samaniego, Francisco J. & Huseby, Arne (2016). On the equivalence of systems of different sizes, with applications to system comparisons. Advances in Applied Probability.
ISSN 00018678.
48(2), s 332 348 . doi:
10.1017/apr.2016.3

Huseby, Arne & Thomsen, Jan (2015). Quantifying operational risk exposure by combining incident data and subjective risk assessments, In Luca Podofillini; Bruno Sudret; Bozidar Stojadinovic; Enrico Zio & Wolfgang Kröder (ed.),
Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781138028791.
57.
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Quantifying operational risk exposure typically involves gathering information from several sources, including historical data as well as subjective assessments. Using historical data one can estimate both an incident frequency distribution, as well as an incident consequence distribution. Based on these two distributions a simulation model can be established. However, by limiting the focus to data related to incidents which may reappear in the future, one is often left with a relatively short incident history. In order to improve the risk quantification, it is often necessary to include subjective risk assessments as well. In the present paper we propose three models for how to combine these two sources of information. In the first model we assume that the two sources are completely disjoint, while in the second model the two sources are assumed to overlap completely. The third model represents an intermediate situation where the two sources are partially overlapping. This third model contains the two first models as limiting cases. The models are illustrated and compared in an extensive numerical example.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Natvig, Bent (2015). A new Monte Carlo method for environmental contour estimation, In Tomasz Nowakowski; Marek Mlynczak; Anna JodejkoPietruczuk & Sylwia WerbinskaWojciechowska (ed.),
Safety and Reliability : Methodology and Applications: Proceedings of the European safety and reliability Conference, ESREL 2014, Poland, 1418 september 2014.
Taylor & Francis.
ISBN 9781138026810.
Chapter 270.
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Environmental contour estimation is an efficient and widely used method for identifying extreme conditions as a basis for e.g., ship design. Monte Carlo simulation is a flexible method for estimating such contours. A main challenge with this approach, however, is that extreme conditions typically correspond to events with low probabilities. Thus, in order to obtain satisfactory estimates, large numbers of simulations are needed. While these simulations can be carried out very fast, the analysis of the resulting data can be very timeconsuming. In the present paper we propose a new Monte Carlo method where only the extreme simulation results are stored and analyzed. This method utilizes the fact that an unbiased estimate of an environmental contour does not depend on the exact values of the nonextreme results. It is sufficient to know the number of such results. Probabilistic structural reliability analysis is performed to ensure that mechanical structures can withstand certain design loads. Obtaining precise environmental contours has become an important part of this analysis. The proposed method improves precision and speeds up calculations.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Natvig, Bent (2015). Alternative environmental contours for structural reliability analysis. Structural Safety.
ISSN 01674730.
54, s 32 45 . doi:
10.1016/j.strusafe.2014.12.003
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This paper presents alternative methods for constructing environmental contours for probabilistic struc tural reliability analysis of structures exposed to environmental forces such as wind and waves. For such structures, it is important to determine the environmental loads to apply in structural reliability calcula tions and structural design. The environmental contour concept is an effective, riskbased approach in establishing such design conditions. Traditionally, such contours are established by way of a Rosenblatt transformation from the environmental parameter space to a standard normal space, which introduces uncertainties and may lead to biased results. The proposed alternative approach, however, eliminates the need for such transformations and established environmental contours based on direct Monte Carlo sampling from the joint distribution of the relevant environmental parameters. In this paper, three alter native implementations of the proposed generic approach will be outlined.

KleinPaste, Alex; Bugge, Hans Jørgen & Huseby, Arne (2015). A decision support model to assess the braking performance on snow and ice contaminated runways. Cold Regions Science and Technology.
ISSN 0165232X.
117, s 43 51 . doi:
10.1016/j.coldregions.2015.06.002

Huseby, Arne & Breivik, Olav Nikolai (2014). Optimal load sharing in a binary multicomponent system where the components have constant or increasing failure rates, In Raphaël Steenbergen; P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder; S. Miraglia & A.C.W.M. Vrouwenvelder (ed.),
Safety, reliability and risk analysis : beyond the horizon : proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 29 September2 October 2013.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9781138001237.
Chapter 340.
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In the present paper we consider a system consisting of n components. The system is exposed to a certain load of supplying a certain amount of utility, e.g., electrical power. The load on the system is distributed among the components. For simplicity we assume that the system demand is constant over time. When functioning each component is capable of handling a certain amount of load which we refer to as the component's load capacity. The load capacity of a component is assumed to be constant throughout its lifetime. The main objective of the present paper is developing methods for optimal load sharing among the components subject to the constraints imposed by the load capacities and demand on the system. A load sharing strategy is optimal if it maximizes the expected lifetime of the system. In the paper we show how to solve the problem in the case where the components have constant failure rates. We also consider the case where the components have increasing failure rate, and show how to solve this in some special cases.

Vanem, Erik; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2014). Bayesian hierarchical spatiotemporal modelling of trends and future projections in the ocean wave climate with a CO2 regression component. Environmental and Ecological Statistics.
ISSN 13528505.
21(2), s 189 220 . doi:
10.1007/s1065101302516

Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2013). Discrete event simulation methods applied to advanced importance measures of repairable components in multistate network flow systems. Reliability Engineering & System Safety.
ISSN 09518320.
119, s 186 198 . doi:
10.1016/j.ress.2013.05.025
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Discrete event models are frequently used in simulation studies to model and analyze pure jump processes. A discrete event model can be viewed as a system consisting of a collection of stochastic processes, where the states of the individual processes change as results of various kinds of events occurring at random points of time. We always assume that each event only affects one of the processes. Between these events the states of the processes are considered to be constant. In the present paper we use discrete event simulation in order to analyze a multistate network flow system of repairable components. In order to study how the different components contribute to the system, it is necessary to describe the often complicated interaction between component processes and processes at the system level. While analytical considerations may throw some light on this, a simulation study often allows the analyst to explore more details. By producing stable curve estimates for the development of the various processes, one gets a much better insight in how such systems develop over time. These methods are particulary useful in the study of advanced importance measures of repairable components. Such measures can be very complicated, and thus impossible to calculate analytically. By using discrete event simulations, however, this can be done in a very natural and intuitive way. In particular significant differences between the BarlowProschan measure and the Natvig measure in multistate network flow systems can be explored.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Natvig, Bent (2013). A New Method for Environmental Contours in Marine Structural Design, In conference ASME (ed.),
Proceedings of ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2013). Volume 2A: Structures, Safety and Reliability.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ISBN 9780791855324.
Paper No. OMAE201310053.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Natvig, Bent (2013). A new approach to environmental contours for ocean engineering applications based on direct Monte Carlo simulations. Ocean Engineering.
ISSN 00298018.
60, s 124 135 . doi:
10.1016/j.oceaneng.2012.12.034

Vanem, Erik; Natvig, Bent; Huseby, Arne & BitnerGregersen, E. M. (2013). An Illustration of the Effect of Climate Change on the Ocean Wave Climate  A Stochastic Model, In Bharat Raj Singh (ed.),
Climate Change  Realities, Impacts Over Ice Cap, Sea Level and Risks.
IntechOpen.
ISBN 9789535109341.
Chapter 20.
s 481
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Huseby, Arne & Moratchevski, Nikita (2012). Sequential optimization of oil production under uncertainty, In Christophe Bérenguer; Antoine Grall & Carlos Guedes Soares (ed.),
Advances in Safety, Reliability and Risk Management  proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2011.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415683791.
030.
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In the present paper we study how to optimize oil production with respect to revenue in a situation where the production rate is uncertain. The oil production in a given period is described in terms of a difference equation, where this equation contains several uncertain parameters. The uncertainty about these parameteres is expressed in terms of a suitable prior distribution. As the production develops, more information about the production parameters is gained. Hence, the uncertainty distributions need to be updated. However, the information comes in the form of inequalities and equalities which makes it very difficult to obtain exact analytical expressions for the posteriors. Still it is possible to estimate the dis tributions using a combination of rejection sampling and the wellknown MetropolisHastings algorithm. Armed with these techniques it is possible to solve the optimization problem using stochastic program ming. The methods will be demonstrated on a few examples.

Huseby, Arne & Rabbe, Marit (2012). A SCENARIO BASED MODEL FOR ASSESSING RUNWAY CONDITIONS USING WEATHER DATA, In . PSAM&ESREL (ed.),
11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012, 2529 June 2012, Helsinki, Finland.
Curran Associates, Inc..
ISBN 9781622764365.
21WE3.
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Slippery runways represent a significant risk to aircrafts especially during the winter season. Recent accidents, such as the Southwest Airlines jet skidding off a runway at Chicago Midway Airport in December 2005, as well as the similar accident with the Delta Connection flight at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio in February 2007, show that this is indeed a serious problem. In order to apply the appropriate braking action, the pilots need reliable information about the runway conditions. Unfortunately the accuracy of runway reports can sometimes be unsatisfactory. In order to obtain more precise information about the current conditions, we suggest to use an assessment model based on various types of weather data. The model defines a set of scenarios known to cause slippery conditions. By monitoring meteorological parameters like air and ground temperature, humidity, visibility and precipitation, the model enables us to detect scenarios and issue warnings to the ground personnel. An information system using this model is currently implemented on 14 Norwegian airports. In the present paper we present this model. Morover, we show how the model can be evaluated using data from a large number of flights. A key concept in this evaluation is the notion of friction limited landings. Unless the pilot challenges the runway friction during the landing, the flight data cannot be used to measure the available friction. Thus, typically only a small subset of the available flight data is actually used in the evaluation.

Huseby, Arne & Sødal, Karen Marie (2012). SEQUENTIAL OPTIMIZATION OF OIL PRODUCTION FROM MULTIPLE RESERVOIRS UNDER UNCERTAINTY, In . PSAM&ESREL (ed.),
11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012, 2529 June 2012, Helsinki, Finland.
Curran Associates, Inc..
ISBN 9781622764365.
02WE2.
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In the present paper we study how to optimize oil production from several reservoirs sharing a common processing facility under uncertainty. The potential oil production from a reservoir in a given period is described in terms of a difference equation containing several uncertain parameters. Using Lagrange optimization a step by step production strategy can be determined. This strategy distributes the available processing capacity so that the expected total production from each period is maximized. This is done by ensuring that all the reservoirs have the same probability of producing according to the plan. The resulting strategy, however, is typically not optimal globally. In order to improve the global performance of the strategy, a different objective function is introduced. As the production develops, more information about the production parameters is gained. Hence, the uncertainty distributions need to be updated. This is done using a combination of rejection sampling and the MetropolisHastings algorithm. This updating is taken into account in the optimization procedure. The methods are illustrated by considering a specific example.

KleinPaste, Alex; Huseby, Arne; Anderson, John; Giesman, Paul; Bugge, Hans Jørgen & Langedahl, Tor Børre (2012). Braking performance of commercial airplanes during operation on winter contaminated runways. Cold Regions Science and Technology.
ISSN 0165232X.
7980, s 29 37 . doi:
10.1016/j.coldregions.2012.04.001

Vanem, Erik; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2012). A Bayesian hierarchical spatiotemporal model for significant wave height in the North Atlantic. Stochastic environmental research and risk assessment (Print).
ISSN 14363240.
26(5), s 609 632 . doi:
10.1007/s0047701105224

Vanem, Erik; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2012). A Stochastic Model in Space and Time for Monthly Maximum significant Wave Height, In
Geostatistics Oslo 2012.
Springer.
ISBN 9789400741522.
41.
s 505
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Vanem, Erik; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2012). Modelling ocean wave climate with a Bayesian hierarchical spacetime model and a logtransform of the data. Ocean Dynamics.
ISSN 16167341.
62(3), s 355 375 . doi:
10.1007/s1023601105055

Vanem, Erik; Natvig, Bent & Huseby, Arne (2012). Modelling the Effect of Climate Change on the Ocean Wave Climate Around the World, In
The Proceedings of the Tenth (2012) ISOPE Pacific/Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium PACOMS2012.
International Society of Offshore & Polar Engineers.
ISBN 9781880653937.
paper.
s 145
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Vanem, Erik; Natvig, Bent & Huseby, Arne (2012). Modelling the effect of climate change on the wave climate of the world’s oceans. Ocean Science Journal.
ISSN 17385261.
47(2), s 123 145 . doi:
10.1007/s1260101200137

Huseby, Arne (2011). Oriented matroid systems. Discrete Applied Mathematics.
ISSN 0166218X.
159(1), s 31 45 . doi:
10.1016/j.dam.2010.09.008
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The domination invariant has played an important part in reliability theory. While most of the work in this field has been restricted to various types of network system models, many of the results can be generalized to much wider families of systems associated with matroids. Previous papers have explored the relation between undirected network systems and matroids. In this paper the main focus is on directed network systems and their relation to oriented matroids. An oriented matroid is a special type of matroid where the circuits are signed sets. Using these signed sets one can e.g., obtain a set theoretic representation of the direction of the edges of a directed network system. Classical results for directed network systems include the fact that the signed domination is either +1 or −1 if the network is acyclic, and zero otherwise. It turns out that these results can be generalized to systems derived from oriented matroids. Several classes of systems for which the generalized results hold will be discussed. These include oriented versions of koutofn systems and a certain class of systems associated with matrices.

Huseby, Arne & Breivik, Olav Nikolai (2011). Optimal load sharing in a binary multicomponent system, In
Proceedings of the 19th Advances in Risk and Reliability Technology Symposium.
University of Nottingham.
ISBN 9780904947656.
Chapter 31.
s 381
 391
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In the present paper we consider a system consisting of n components that is exposed to the load of supplying a certain amount of utility, e.g., electrical power. The load on the system is distributed among the components. When functioning each component is capable of handling a certain amount of load. The load capacity of a component is assumed to be constant throughout its lifetime. The main objective of the present paper is developing methods for optimal load sharing among the components subject to the constraints imposed by the load capacities and demand on the system. In the paper we show how to solve the problem in several special cases, and outline a greedy algorithm for handling the general case.

Natvig, Bent; Huseby, Arne & Reistadbakk, Mads (2011). Measures of component importance in repairable multistate systemsa numerical study. Reliability Engineering & System Safety.
ISSN 09518320.
96(12), s 1680 1690 . doi:
10.1016/j.ress.2011.07.006

Vanem, Erik; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2011). A BayesianHierarchical SpaceTime Model for Significant Wave Height Data, In
30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2011)  Vol. II.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ISBN 9780791844342.
Paper no. OMAE201149716.
s 517
 530

Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov; Huseby, Arne; Pedersen, Frank; Lyngroth, Steinar; Xu, Jingzhen & Aasheim, Tore (2010). Hydrocarbon Production Optimization in Fields With Different Ownership and Commercial Interests. SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering.
ISSN 10946470.
13(1), s 95 104 . doi:
10.2118/121399PA
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A main field and satellite fields consist of several separate reservoirs with gas cap and/or oil rim. A processing facility on the main field receives and processes the oil, gas, and water from all the reservoirs. This facility is typically capable of processing only a limited amount of oil, gas, and water per unit of time. In order to satisfy these processing limitations, the production needs to be choked. The available capacity is shared among several field owners with different commercial interests. In this paper, we focus on how total oil and gas production from all the fields could be optimized. The satellitefield owners negotiate processing capacities on the mainfield facility. This introduces additional processingcapacity constraints (booking constraints) for the owners of the main field. If the total wealth created by all owners represents the economic interests of the community, it is of interest to investigate whether the total wealth may be increased by lifting the booking constraints. If all reservoirs may be produced more optimally by removing the booking constraints, all owners may benefit from this when appropriate commercial arrangements are in place. We will compare two production strategies. The first production strategy optimizes locally, at distinct time intervals. At given intervals, the production is prioritized so that the maximum amount of oil is produced. In the second production strategy, a fixed weight is assigned to each reservoir. The purpose of the weights is to be able to prioritize some reservoirs before others. The weights are optimized from a lifecycle perspective. As an illustration, a case study based on real data is presented. For the examples considered, it is beneficial to lift the booking constraints because all of the reservoirs combined can be produced more efficiently when this is done.

Huseby, Arne & Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov (2010). Multireservoir production optimization under uncertainty, In Radim Bris; Sebastián Martorell & C. Guedes Soares (ed.),
Reliability, Risk and Safety. Theory and Applications.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415555098.
Volume I.
s 407
 413
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Oil and gas production from several reservoirs are often processed at a single processing facility. Due to limitations in the processing capacity, this implies that the production rates from the individual reservoirs have to be reduced. That is, for each reservoir the production rate is scaled down by a suitable choke factor between zero and one, chosen so that the total production does not exceed the processing capacity. Recent studies of production optimization include (Horne, 2002), (Merabet & Bellah, 2002) and (Neiro & Pinto, 2004). (Huseby & Haavardsson, 2009) introduced the concept of a production strategy, a vector valued function defined for all points of time t ≥ 0 representing the choke factors applied to the reservoirs at time t. As long as the total potential production rate is greater than the processing capacity, the choke factors should be chosen so that the processing capacity is fully utilized. When the production reaches a state where this is not possible, the production should be left unchoked. A production strategy satisfying these constraints is said to be admissible. (Huseby & Haavardsson, 2009) developed a general framework for optimizing production strategies with respect to various types of objective functions. The same problem was considered in (Haavardsson et. al., 2008) where a parametric class of production strategies were introduced. (Haavardsson et. al., 2008) also showed how to find an optimal strategy within this class given that all reservoir parameters were known. In the present paper we consider the problem of optimizing the production strategy when the reservoir parameters are uncertain. The uncertainty is represented using the stochastic models introduced in (Haavardsson & Huseby, 2007). In real life reservoir uncertainty typically change over time. Thus, a production strategy considered to be optimal initially may turn out to be far from optimal as more knowledge about the reservoirs is gained. Ideally, one would prefer production strategies which could be updated dynamically as new information is obtained. However, optimizing such dynamic production strategies is a very difficult problem. In the present paper we instead focus on finding production strategies which are robust with respect to variations in the reservoir properties.

Huseby, Arne; KleinPaste, Alex & Bugge, Hans Jørgen (2010). Assessing airport runway conditions—A Bayesian approach, In Ben Ale; Ioannis Papazoglou & Enrico Zio (ed.),
Reliability, risk and safety : back to the future.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415604277.
Kapittel 277.
s 2024
 2032

Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2010). Advanced discrete simulation methods applied to repairable multistate systems, In Radim Bris; Sebastián Martorell & C. Guedes Soares (ed.),
Reliability, Risk and Safety. Theory and Applications.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415555098.
Volume I.
s 659
 666

Huseby, Arne; Natvig, Bent; Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge; Skutlaberg, Kristina & Isaksen, Stefan (2010). Advanced discrete event simulation methods with application to importance measure estimation in reliability, In Aitor Goti (ed.),
Discrete Event Simulation.
INTECH.
ISBN 9789533071152.
Kapittel 11.
s 205
 222
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In the present chapter we use discrete event simulation in order to analyze a binary monotone system of repairable components. Asymptotic statistical properties of such a system, e.g., the asymptotic system availability and component criticality, can easily be estimated by running a single discrete event simulation on the system over a sufficiently long time horizon, or by working directly on the stationary component availabilities. Sometimes, however, one needs to estimate how the statistical properties of the system evolve over time. In such cases it is necessary to run many simulations to obtain a stable curve estimate. At the same time one needs to store much more information from each simulation. A crude approach to this problem is to sample the system state at fixed points of time, and then use the mean values of the states at these points as estimates of the curve. Using a sufficiently high sampling rate a satisfactory estimate of the curve can be obtained. Still, all information about the process between the sampling points is thrown away. To handle this issue, we propose an alternative sampling procedure where we utilize process data between the sampling points as well. This simulation method is particularly useful when estimating various kinds of component importance measures for repairable systems. Such measures can often be expressed as weighted integrals of the timedependent Birnbaum measure of importance. By using the proposed simulation methods, stable estimates of the Birnbaum measure as a function of time are obtained. Combined with the appropriate weight function the importance measures of interest can be estimated.

Natvig, Bent; Huseby, Arne & Reistadbakk, Mads (2010). Measures of component importance in repairable multistate systemsa numerical study, In Ben Ale; Ioannis Papazoglou & Enrico Zio (ed.),
Reliability, risk and safety : back to the future.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415604277.
Artikkel.
s 677
 685

Huseby, Arne; Eide, Kristina A.; Isaksen, Stefan; Natvig, Bent & Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge (2009). Advanced discrete event simulation methods with application to importance measure estimation, In Sebastián Martorell; C. Guedes Soares & Julie Barnett (ed.),
Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415485166.
volume 3.
s 1747
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In the present paper we use discrete event simulation in order to analyze a binary monotone system of repairable components. Asymptotic statistical properties of such a system, e.g., the asymptotic system availability and component criticality, can easily be estimated by running a single discrete event simulation on the system over a sufficiently long time horizon, or by working directly on the stationary availabilities. Sometimes, however, one needs to estimate how the statistical properties of the system evolve over time. In such cases it is necessary to run many simulations to obtain a stable curve estimate. At the same time one needs to store much more information from each simulation. A crude approach to this problem is to sample the system state at fixed points of time, and then use the mean values of the states at these points as estimates of the curve. Using a sufficiently high sampling rate a satisfactory estimate of the curve can be obtained. Still, all information about the process between the sampling points is thrown away. To handle this issue, we propose an alternative sampling procedure where we utilize process data between the sampling points as well. This simulation method is particularly useful when estimating various kinds of component importance measures for repairable systems. As explained in (Natvig and Gåsemyr 2008) such measures can often be expressed as weighted integrals of the timedependent Birnbaum measure of importance. By using the proposed simulation methods, stable estimates of the Birnbaum measure as a function of time are obtained and combined with the appropriate weight function, and thus producing the importance measure of interest.

Huseby, Arne & Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov (2009). Multireservoir production optimization. European Journal of Operational Research.
ISSN 03772217.
199(1), s 236 251 . doi:
10.1016/j.ejor.2008.11.023
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When a large oil or gas field is produced, several reservoirs often share the same processing facility. This facility is typically capable of processing only a limited amount of commodities per unit of time. In order to satisfy these processing limitations, the production needs to be choked, i.e., scaled down by a suitable choke factor. A production strategy is defined as a vector valued function defined for all points of time representing the choke factors applied to reservoirs at any given time. In the present paper we consider the problem of optimizing such production strategies with respect to various types of objective functions. A general framework for handling this problem is developed. A crucial assumption in our approach is that the potential production rate from a reservoir can be expressed as a function of the remaining recoverable volume. The solution to the optimization problem depends on certain key properties, e.g., convexity or concavity, of the objective function and of the potential production rate functions. Using these properties several important special cases can be solved. An admissible production strategy is a strategy where the total processing capacity is fully utilized throughout a plateau phase. This phase lasts until the total potential production rate falls below the processing capacity, and after this all the reservoirs are produced without any choking. Under mild restrictions on the objective function the performance of an admissible strategy is uniquely characterized by the state of the reservoirs at the end of the plateau phase. Thus, finding an optimal admissible production strategy, is essentially equivalent to finding the optimal state at the end of the plateau phase. Given the optimal state a backtracking algorithm can then used to derive an optimal production strategy. We will illustrate this on a specific example.

Huseby, Arne & Rabbe, Marit (2009). Predicting airport runway conditions based on weather data, In Sebastián Martorell; C. Guedes Soares & Julie Barnett (ed.),
Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415485166.
volum 3.
s 2199
 2206
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Slippery runways represent a significant risk to aircrafts especially during the winter season. Thus, having reliable methods for identifying such conditions is very important. However, measuring the runway friction with a satisfactory precision is very difficult. While many different measurement devices have been developed, it is hard to find equipment that produces stable and consistent results. Furthermore, in order to measure friction, the runway needs to be shut down. Thus, in order to avoid severe delays to the traffic, such measurements cannot be carried out too frequently. In the present paper we present the results of a largescale study of runway conditions carried out during two winter seasons at two Norwegian airports. The main goal was developing methodology for identifying slippery runway conditions using weather data in addition to runway reports. Throughout the two seasons various kinds of weather data was collected, e.g., air and ground temperature, humidity, precipitation, visibility and wind. Using these data a scenario based weather model for slippery conditions was developed. The model was validated using flight data from a large number of flights. Using these data we computed several indicators reflecting how the aircrafts were affected by the runway conditions. By comparing indicator values from landings where the weather model predicted slippery conditions with the corresponding values from landings on dry runways, we were able to verify that the weather model selected the correct landings.

Natvig, Bent; Eide, Kristina A.; Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge; Huseby, Arne & Isaksen, Stefan (2009). Simulation based analysis and an application to an offshore oil and gas production system of the Natvig measures of component importance in repairable systems. Reliability Engineering & System Safety.
ISSN 09518320.
94(10), s 1629 1638 . doi:
10.1016/j.ress.2009.04.002

Natvig, Bent; Eide, Kristina A.; Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge; Huseby, Arne & Isaksen, Stefan (2009). The Natvig measures of component importance in repairable systems applied to an offshore oil and gas production system, In Sebastián Martorell; C. Guedes Soares & Julie Barnett (ed.),
Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications.
CRC Press.
ISBN 9780415485166.
volume 3.
s 2029
 2035
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In the present paper the Natvig measures of component importance for repairable systems, and its extended version are applied to an offshore oil and gas production system. According to the extended version of the Natvig measure a component is important if both by failing it strongly reduces the expected system uptime and by being repaired it strongly reduces the expected system downtime. The results include a study of how different distributions affect the ranking of the components. All numerical results are computed using discrete event simulation. In a companion paper (Huseby, Eide, Isaksen, Natvig, and Gåsemyr 2008) the advanced simulation methods needed in these calculations are decribed

Huseby, Arne (2008). Signed Domination of Oriented Matroid Systems, In Tim Bedford; John Quigley; Lesley Walls; Babakalli Alkali; Alireza Daneshkhah & Gavin Hardman (ed.),
Advances in Mathematical Modeling for Reliability.
IOS Press.
ISBN 9781586038656.
Chapter 7.
s 177
 184

Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov & Huseby, Arne (2007). Multisegment production profile models  A tool for enhanced total value chain analysis. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering.
ISSN 09204105.
58, s 325 338 . doi:
10.1016/j.petrol.2007.02.003

Huseby, Arne (2007). Modeling aircraft movements using stochastic hybrid systems, In Terje Aven & Jan Erik Vinnem (ed.),
Risk, Reliability and Societal Safety, vol.2 Thematic Topics.
Taylor & Francis.
ISBN 9780415447843.
Monte Carlo methods in system safety and reliability.
s 1183
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Modern simulation techniques and computer power makes it possible to simulate systems with continuous state spaces. In this paper we consider the problem of simulating aircraft movements. Such simulation studies are of interest in order to evaluate the risk of collision or near collision events in areas with heavy air traffic. Application areas include systems for automatic air traffic control (ATC) and airport traffic planning. Risk elements in this area include arrivals of aircrafts into the area of interest, weather conditions, chosen runway and landing direction as well as arbitrary deviations from the normal flight trajectories. A realistic simulation model, incorporating all or most of these elements, require a combination of different tools. A popular framework for such modeling is stochastic hybrid systems. A risk event occurs when two (or more) aircrafts are too close to each other in the air. When such an event occurs, the aircrafts will attempt to change their trajectories in order to avoid fatal accidents. Fortunately, risk events are fairly rare. Thus, in order to obtain stable results for the probability of a collision or near collision it is necessary to run the model for a substantial amount of time. In the paper we propose a methodology for simulating aircraft movements based on ordinary differential equations and counting processes. The models and methods are illustrated with some simulation examples.
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Dahl, Kristina Rognlien & Huseby, Arne (2020). Environmental contours and optimal design.

Huseby, Arne (2019). When does a convex environmental contour exist?.
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Environmental contours are widely used as a basis for e.g., ship design, especially in early design phases. The traditional approach to such contours is based on the wellknown Rosenblatt transformation. Unfortunately, due to the nonlinearity of this transformation, the resulting contour may not have the desired probabilistic interpretation. Recent methods for constructing such contours include Monte Carlo which in principle produce convex contours with a constant exceedence probability in all tail directions. Due to numerical instabilities, however, such contours typically contain small irregularities or loops. The presence of such loops is closely related to the mathematical conditions for the existence of a convex contour. In this presentation we present a precise mathematical existence condition as well as a smoothing method which can be used to eliminate possible loops.

Huseby, Arne; Kalinowska, Martyna & Abrahamsen, Tobias (2019). Multistate systems and importance measures.
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Within the field of reliability multistate systems represent a natural extension of the classical binary approach. Various classes of multistate systems have been studied extensively with emphasis on extending the properties of binary systems. In this brief note we instead extend the theory by focussing on the physical properties of such systems. We argue that this approach will make it easier to adopt the methodology as the analyst do not need to encode various physical quantities using an abstract integer scale. Within this framework we introduce and compare two measures of importance defined for repairable multistate systems. Both measures can be viewed as direct generalisations of the classical Birnbaum measure.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Barbosa, Maria Hjelset (2019). Evaluating probabilistic properties of environmental contours for mixtures of distributions.
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Environmental contours are widely used as a basis for e.g., ship design, especially in early design phases. The traditional approach to such contours is based on the wellknown Rosenblatt transformation. In the present paper we present a numerical method making it possible to apply the inverse Rosenblatt transformation to mixtures of distributions. Due to the effects of this transformation the probabilistic properties of the resulting environmental contour can be distorted. Based on a precise definition of the concept of exceedance probability, valid for all types of environmental contours, we show how to evaluate a given contour and adjust it so that it gets the desired properties. The methods are illustrated by a numerical example.

Vanem, Erik & Huseby, Arne (2019). Environmental contours for safe design of ships and other marine structures.

Huseby, Arne & Rabbe, Marit (2018). Optimal warning scenarios for slippery runways.
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Slippery runways represent a significant risk to aircrafts especially during the winter season. In order to apply the appropriate braking action, the pilots need reliable information about the runway conditions. Unfortunately the accuracy of runway reports can sometimes be unsatisfactory. In order to obtain more precise and uptodate information about the current conditions, a warning system based on various types of weather data was suggested by Huseby & Rabbe (2012). See also Huseby & Rabbe (2008) and Huseby et al. (2010). The system is based on a set of scenarios known to cause slippery conditions. By monitoring meteorological parameters like air and ground temperature, humidity, visibility and precipitation, and comparing these to the given scenarios, the system can issue warnings to the ground personnel. This system is currently being used on 16 Norwegian airports. In the present paper this warning system is reviewed. Ideally, the warning system should issue warnings whenever the estimated runway conditions are medium or worse. At the same time the system should not issue warnings when the runway conditions are good. Thus, there are two types of errors we need to take into consideration. Type 1 errors occur when the system does not issue a warning even though the conditions are medium or worse, while type 2 errors occur if a warning is issued when the conditions are good. When designing the system, we need to find the optimal balance between these types of errors taking into account that a type 1 error to a certain degree is considered to be worse than a type 2 error. The paper describes how the system can be optimized using a combination of weather and flight data

Huseby, Arne (2017). Constructing equivalent systems of orientable matroid systems.
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A binary monotone system is an ordered pair (E, φ) where E is the component set, and φ, the structure function of the system, is a binary function defined for all subsets A ⊆ E which is nondecreasing with respect to set inclusion. If all components have the same probability p of functioning, the system reliability can be expressed in terms of the reliability polynomial h(p). Two binary systems are equivalent if their reliability polynomials are equal. An important class of binary monotone systems is the class of undirected network systems. This class belongs to the larger class of matroid systems. A matroid is and ordered pair (F, M) where M is a family of incomparable subsets of F , called circuits, satisfying a set of axioms. A matroid system is a binary monotone system, (E, φ), which can be associated with a matroid (E ∪ x, M) in such a way that the minimal path sets of (E,φ) can be recovered by extracting all the circuits M ∈ M containing the element x, and then deleting x from these circuits. A subclass of such systems is the class of orientable matroid systems. If (E,φ) is a 2terminal undirected network system, it is orientable since directions can be assigned to all the edges. By using the properties of orientable matroid systems we obtain a way of constructing equivalent systems.

Huseby, Arne (2017). On orientable matroid systems and reliability equivalence. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 1. Full text in Research Archive.

Huseby, Arne; Vanem, Erik & Eskeland, Karoline (2017). On the evaluation of probabilistic properties of environmental contours.
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Environmental contours are widely used as a basis for e.g., ship design. The traditional approach to environmental contours is based on the wellknown Rosenblatt transformation. However, due to the effects of this transformation the probabilistic properties of the resulting environmental contour can be difficult to interpret. An alternative approach to environmental contours uses Monte Carlo simulations on the joint environmental model, and thus obtain a contour without the need for the Rosenblatt transformation. This contour have welldefined probabilistic properties, but may sometimes be overly conservative in certain areas. In this paper we give a precise definition of the concept of exceedence probability which is valid for all types of environmental contours. Moreover, we show how to estimate the exceedence probability of a given environmental contour, and use this to compare different approaches to contour construction. The methods are illustrated by numerical examples based on reallife data.

Lilleborge, Marie; Hauge, Ragnar; Eidsvik, Jo & Huseby, Arne (2016). Efficient Information Gathering in Discrete Bayesian Networks. Series of dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.. No. 1796. Full text in Research Archive.
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Effektiv informasjonsinnhenting i Bayesianske Nettverk

Huseby, Arne & Thomsen, Jan (2015). Simulating total operational risk using retrospective information and subjective assessments  a Bayesian approach. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 2. Full text in Research Archive.
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Quantifying operational risk exposure typically involves gathering information from several sources, including historical data as well as subjective assessments. Using historical data one can estimate both an incident frequency distribution, as well as an incident consequence distribution. Based on these two distributions a simulation model can be established. However, by limiting the focus to data related to incidents which may reappear in the future, one is often left with a relatively short incident history. In order to improve the risk quantification, it is often necessary to include subjective risk assessments as well. In the present paper we propose a model for how to combine these two sources of information. The model can be used to represent situations ranging from cases where the two sources are disjoint, overlap completely as well as intermediate cases where the two sources are partially overlapping. The model is illustrated by considering a numerical example. In this example we vary the degree of overlap between the sources of information.

Huseby, Arne & Breivik, Olav Nikolai (2013). Optimal load sharing in a binary multicomponent system where the components have constant or increasing failure rates.
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In the present paper we consider a system consisting of n components. the system is exposed to a certain load of supplying a certain amount of utility, e.g., electrical power. the load on the system is distributed among the components. For simplicity we assume that the system demand is constant over time. When functioning each component is capable of handling a certain amount of load which we refer to as the component’s load capacity. the load capacity of a component is assumed to be constant throughout its lifetime. the main objective of the present paper is developing methods for optimal load sharing among the components subject to the constraints imposed by the load capacities and demand on the system. A load sharing strategy is optimal if it maximizes the expected lifetime of the system. In the paper we show how to solve the problem in the case where the components have constant failure rates. We also consider the case where the components have increasing failure rate, and show how to solve this in some special cases.

Huseby, Arne (2011). A Framework for multireservoir production optimization.

Huseby, Arne (2011, 12. november). Innslag om sannsynlighetsberegning og tilfeldigheter i NRKprogrammet Helgeland. [Radio].
NRK.

Huseby, Arne & Breivik, Olav Nikolai (2011). Optimal load sharing in a binary multicomponent system.

Huseby, Arne & Moratchevski, Nikita (2011). Sequential optimization of oil production under uncertainty.

Vanem, Erik; Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2011). Stochastic Modeling of Wave Climate Using a Bayesian Hierarchical SpaceTime Model with a LogTransform.

Huseby, Arne (2010). Assessing airport runway conditions—A Bayesian approach.

Natvig, Bent & Huseby, Arne (2010). Measures of component importance in repairable multistate systems a numerical study.

Natvig, Bent; Huseby, Arne & Reistadbakk, Mads (2010). Measures of component importance in repairable multistate systems – a numerical study. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 4.
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In [10] dynamic and stationary measures of importance of a component in a repairable multistate system were introduced. For multistate systems little has been published until now on such measures even in the nonrepairable case. According to the BarlowProschan type measures a component is important if there is a high probability that a change in the component state causes a change in whether or not the system state is above a given state. On the other hand, the Natvig type measures focus on how a change in the component state affects the expected system uptime and downtime relative to the given system state. In the present paper we first review these measures which can be estimated using the simulation methods suggested in [4]. Extending the work in [8] from the binary to the multistate case, a numerical study of these measures is then given for two three component systems, a bridge system and also applied to an offshore oil and gas production system. In the multistate case the importance of a component is calculated separately for each component state. Thus it may happen that a component is very important at one state, and less important, or even irrelevant at another. Unified measures combining the importances for all component states can be obtained by adding up the importance measures for each individual state. According to these unified measures a component can be important relative to a given system state but not to another. It can be seen that if the distributions of the total component times spent in the non complete failure states for the multistate system and the component lifetimes for the binary system are identical, the BarlowProschan measure to the lowest system state simply reduces to the binary version of the measure. The extended Natvig measure, however, does not have this property. This indicates that the latter measure captures more information about the system.

Huseby, Arne & Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov (2009). Multireservoir production optimization under uncertainty.
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Oil and gas production from several reservoirs are often processed at a single processing facility. Due to limitations in the processing capacity, this implies that the production rates from the individual reservoirs have to be reduced. That is, for each reservoir the production rate is scaled down by a suitable choke factor between zero and one, chosen so that the total production does not exceed the processing capacity. Recent studies of production optimization include (Horne, 2002), (Merabet & Bellah, 2002) and (Neiro & Pinto, 2004). (Huseby & Haavardsson, 2009) introduced the concept of a production strategy, a vector valued function defined for all points of time t ≥ 0 representing the choke factors applied to the reservoirs at time t. As long as the total potential production rate is greater than the processing capacity, the choke factors should be chosen so that the processing capacity is fully utilized. When the production reaches a state where this is not possible, the production should be left unchoked. A production strategy satisfying these constraints is said to be admissible. (Huseby & Haavardsson, 2009) developed a general framework for optimizing production strategies with respect to various types of objective functions. The same problem was considered in (Haavardsson et. al., 2008) where a parametric class of production strategies were introduced. (Haavardsson et. al., 2008) also showed how to find an optimal strategy within this class given that all reservoir parameters were known. In the present paper we consider the problem of optimizing the production strategy when the reservoir parameters are uncertain. The uncertainty is represented using the stochastic models introduced in (Haavardsson & Huseby, 2007). In real life reservoir uncertainty typically change over time. Thus, a production strategy considered to be optimal initially may turn out to be far from optimal as more knowledge about the reservoirs is gained. Ideally, one would prefer production strategies which could be updated dynamically as new information is obtained. However, optimizing such dynamic production strategies is a very difficult problem. In the present paper we instead focus on finding production strategies which are robust with respect to variations in the reservoir properties.

Huseby, Arne & Natvig, Bent (2009). Advanced discrete simulation methods applied to repairable multistate systems.

Søderholm, Bjørn; Bugge, Hans Jørgen; Huseby, Arne; Rabbe, Marit; KleinPaste, Alex; Bergersen, Erling & Skjøndal, Per (2009). Integrert Rullebane InformasjonsSystem (IRIS).

Natvig, Bent; Eide, Kristina; Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge; Huseby, Arne & Isaksen, Stefan (2008). The Natvig measures of component importance in repairable systems applied to an offshore oil and gas production system.
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In the present paper the Natvig measures of component importance for repairable systems, and its extended version are applied to an offshore oil and gas production system. According to the extended version of the Natvig measure a component is important if both by failing it strongly reduces the expected system uptime and by being repaired it strongly reduces the expected system downtime. The results include a study of how different distributions affect the ranking of the components. All numerical results are computed using discrete event simulation. In a companion paper (Huseby, Eide, Isaksen, Natvig, and Gåsemyr 2008) the advanced simulation methods needed in these calculations are decribed.

Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov; Huseby, Arne & Holden, Lars (2008). A Parametric Class Of Production Strategies For MultiReservoir Production Optimization. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 8.
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When a large oil or gas field is produced, several reservoirs often share the same processing facility. This facility is typically capable of processing only a limited amount of oil, gas and water per unit of time. In the present paper only single phase production, e.g., oil production, is considered. In order to satisfy the processing limitations, the production needs to be choked. That is, for each reservoir the production is scaled down by suitable choke factors between zero and one, chosen so that the total production does not exceed the processing capacity. Huseby & Haavardsson (2008) introduced the concept of a production strategy, a vector valued function defined for all points of time t ≥ 0 representing the choke factors applied to the reservoirs at time t. As long as the total potential production rate is greater than the processing capacity, the choke factors should be chosen so that the processing capacity is fully utilized. When the production reaches a state where this is not possible, the production should be left unchoked. A production strategy satisfying these constraints is said to be admissible. Huseby & Haavardsson (2008) developed a general framework for optimizing production strategies with respect to various types of objective functions. In the present paper we present a parametric class of admissible production strategies. Using the framework of Huseby & Haavardsson (2008) it can be shown that under mild restrictions on the objective function an optimal strategy can be found within this class. The number of parameters needed to span the class is bounded by the number of reservoirs. Thus, an optimal strategy within this class can be found using a standard numerical optimization algorithm. This makes it possible to handle complex, highdimensional cases. Furthermore, uncertainty may be included, enabling robustness and sensitivity analysis.

Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov; Huseby, Arne; Pedersen, Frank; Lyngroth, Steinar; Xu, Jingzhen & Aasheim, Tore (2008). Hydrocarbon production optimization in fields with different ownership and commercial interests. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 9.
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A main field and satellite fields consist of several separate reservoirs with gas cap and/or oil rim. A processing facility on the main field receives and processes the oil, gas and water from all the reservoirs. This facility is typically capable of processing only a limited amount of oil, gas and water per unit of time. In order to satisfy these processing limitations, the production needs to be choked. The available capacity is shared among several field owners with different commercial interests. In this paper we focus on how total oil and gas production from all the fields could be optimized. The satellite field owners negotiate processing capacities on the main field facility. This introduces additional processing capacity constraints (booking constraints) for the owners of the main field. If the total wealth created by all owners represents the economic interests of the community, it is of interest to investigate whether the total wealth may be increased by lifting the booking constraints. If all reservoirs may be produced more optimally by removing the booking constraints, all owners may benefit from this when appropriate commercial arrangements are in place. We will compare two production strategies. The first production strategy optimizes locally, at distinct time intervals. At given intervals the production is prioritized so that the maximum amount of oil is produced. In the second production strategy a fixed weight is assigned to each reservoir. The reservoirs with the highest weights receive the highest priority.

Huseby, Arne (2008). Oriented matroid systems. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 2.
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The domination invariant has played an important part in reliability theory. While most of the work in this field has been restricted to various types of network system models, many of the results can be generalized to much wider families of systems associated with matroids. A matroid is an ordered pair (F,M), where F is a nonempty finite set and M is a collection of incomparable subsets of F, called circuits, satisfying certain closure properties. For any given matroid (F,M) where F = Eux we can associate a reliability system with component set E and with minimal path sets P. Previous papers have explored the relation between undirected network systems and matroids. In this paper the main focus is on directed network systems and their relation to oriented matroids. Oriented matroids are a special type of matroids where the circuits are signed sets. Using these signed sets one can e.g., obtain a set theoretic representation of the direction of the edges of a directed network system. Classical results for directed network systems include the fact that the signed domination is either +1 or 1 if the network is acyclic, and zero otherwise. It turns out that these results can be generalized to systems derived from oriented matroids. Several classes of systems for which the generalized results hold will be discussed. These include oriented versions of koutofnsystems and a certain class of systems associated with matrices.

Huseby, Arne; Eide, Kristina; Isaksen, Stefan; Natvig, Bent & Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge (2008). Advanced discrete event simulation methods with application to importance measure estimation. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 11.
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In the present paper we use discrete event simulation in order to analyze a binary monotone system of repairable components. Asymptotic statistical properties of such a system, e.g., the asymptotic system availability and component criticality, can easily be estimated by running a single discrete event simulation on the system over a sufficiently long time horizon, or by working directly on the stationary component availabilities. Sometimes, however, one needs to estimate how the statistical properties of the system evolve over time. In such cases it is necessary to run many simulations to obtain a stable curve estimate. At the same time one needs to store much more information from each simulation. A crude approach to this problem is to sample the system state at fixed points of time, and then use the mean values of the states at these points as estimates of the curve. Using a sufficiently high sampling rate a satisfactory estimate of the curve can be obtained. Still, all information about the process between the sampling points is thrown away. To handle this issue, we propose an alternative sampling procedure where we utilize process data between the sampling points as well. This simulation method is particularly useful when estimating various kinds of component importance measures for repairable systems. As explained in Natvig and Gåsemyr (2009) such measures can often be expressed as weighted integrals of the timedependent Birnbaum measure of importance. By using the proposed simulation methods, stable estimates of the Birnbaum measure as a function of time are obtained. Combined with the appropriate weight function the importance measures of interest can be estimated.

Huseby, Arne; Eide, Kristina; Isaksen, Stefan; Natvig, Bent & Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge (2008). Advanced discrete event simulation methods with application to importance measure estimation.
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In the present paper we use discrete event simulation in order to analyze a binary monotone system of repairable components. Asymptotic statistical properties of such a system, e.g., the asymptotic system availability and component criticality, can easily be estimated by running a single discrete event simulation on the system over a sufficiently long time horizon, or by working directly on the stationary availabilities. Sometimes, however, one needs to estimate how the statistical properties of the system evolve over time. In such cases it is necessary to run many simulations to obtain a stable curve estimate. At the same time one needs to store much more information from each simulation. A crude approach to this problem is to sample the system state at fixed points of time, and then use the mean values of the states at these points as estimates of the curve. Using a sufficiently high sampling rate a satisfactory estimate of the curve can be obtained. Still, all information about the process between the sampling points is thrown away. To handle this issue, we propose an alternative sampling procedure where we utilize process data between the sampling points as well. This simulation method is particularly useful when estimating various kinds of component importance measures for repairable systems. As explained in (Natvig and Gåsemyr 2008) such measures can often be expressed as weighted integrals of the timedependent Birnbaum measure of importance. By using the proposed simulation methods, stable estimates of the Birnbaum measure as a function of time are obtained and combined with the appropriate weight function, and thus producing the importance measure of interest.

Huseby, Arne & Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov (2008). A framework for multireservoir production optimization. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 4.
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When a large oil or gas field is produced, several reservoirs often share the same processing facility. This facility is typically capable of processing only a limited amount of commodities per unit of time. In order to satisfy these processing limitations, the production needs to be choked, i.e., scaled down by a suitable choke factor. A production strategy is defined as a vector valued function defined for all points of time representing the choke factors applied to reservoirs at any given time. In the present paper we consider the problem of optimizing such production strategies with respect to various types of objective functions. A general framework for handling this problem is developed. A crucial assumption in our approach is that the potential production rate from a reservoir can be expressed as a function of the remaining producible volume. The solution to the optimization problem depends on certain key properties, e.g., convexity or concavity, of the objective function and of the potential production rate functions. Using these properties several important special cases can be solved. An admissible production strategy is a strategy where the total processing capacity is fully utilized throughout a plateau phase. This phase lasts until the total potential production rate falls below the processing capacity, and after this all the reservoirs are produced without any choking. Under mild restrictions on the objective function the performance of an admissible strategy is uniquely characterized by the state of the reservoirs at the end of the plateau phase. Thus, finding an optimal admissible production strategy, is essentially equivalent to finding the optimal state at the end of the plateau phase. Given the optimal state a backtracking algorithm can then used to derive an optimal production strategy. We will demonstrate this on a specific example.

Huseby, Arne; Løvseth, Marthe & Wright, Jan (2008). Helhetlig risikomodell basert på flygbarhetsindeks.
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Bakgrunnen for prosjektet er at Avinor er forpliktet til å oppfylle kravene i BSL E 32 for alle lufthavner og på bakgrunn av denne få en teknisk/operativ godkjenning hvert 5. år. Ved manglende oppfyllelse skal kompenserende tiltak identifiseres og evalueres ved hjelp av risikoanalyse. Dagens godkjenningssystem innebærer at risikoreduserende tiltak ofte iverksettes i en tilnærmet vilkårlig rekkefølge, og tildels uten fokus på tiltak som øker sikkerheten mest. Avinor ønsker derfor å utvikle en kvantitativ risikoanalysemodell som kan gi et bedre grunnlag for å prioritere ulike risikoreduserende tiltak. Modellen som er utviklet, tar for seg det totale risikobildet rundt flygning i tilknytning til en lufthavn. Dermed kan en få synliggjort hvor bidragene til den totale risikoen ligger, og hvilke tiltak som gir mest redusert risiko i forhold til kostnaden. Risikomodellen tar hensyn til usikkerhet i ytre forhold ved at det for hver flyplass er angitt sannsynlighetsfordelinger for variasjon i f.eks. værforhold. Beregning av risikomålene gjøres ved Monte Carlo simulering. Effekten av usikkerheten gjenspeiles i risikonivået på den enkelte flyplass. Modellen produserer flere forskjellige risikomål. Ved analyse av resultatene fra modellberegningene, vil man kunne veie de ulike målene opp mot hverandre for å komme frem til en anbefalt prioriteringsrekkefølge. Flygbarhetsindeks beskriver risikoen er ved en enkelt flygning på en lufthavn i henhold til en skala fra 1 til 10. Et høyt indekstall indikerer høy risiko, mens et lavt tall indikerer lav risiko. For en gitt flyplass angis det karakterer for et sett med risikoområder. Karakterene for de ulike områdene veies sammen etter risikoområdenes relevans for de ulike flygefasene. Den sammenveide verdien kalles flygbarhetsindeksen og karakteriserer det samlede risikonivået ved en gitt flyplass. Ved å benytte flyhavaristatistikk konverterer risikomodellen flygbarhetsindeks til sannsynlighet for fatalt havari (havari med minimum én person omkommet) pr. flygning. En flyplass med en høy flygbarhetsindeks for en gitt flygefase, vil få anslått en tilsvarende høy havarisannsynlighet i den samme fasen. Risikomodellen benytter så de justerte havarisannsynlighetene i et hendelsestre, slik at man til slutt får ut den samlede sannsynligheten for fatalt havari pr. flygning. En avgjørende forutsetning for at denne konverteringen skal produsere troverdige resultater, er at modellen kalibreres. I den foreliggende prototypen er det kun gjort en preliminær kalibrering. Det bør imidlertid gjøres en grundigere rekalibrering basert på resultater fra et bredt spekter av flyplasser. Imidlertid vil den relative forskjellen mellom lufthavnene (rangeringen) trolig være tilnærmet korrekt, selv om kalibreringen ikke er ferdig utført. Havarisannsynligheter konverteres videre til returperioder, dvs. gjennomsnittlig ”avstand” mellom to havarier. Jo lavere risikonivået er ved en gitt flyplass, jo lengre blir returperiodene. Ved å benytte opplysninger om hvor mange passasjerer det er pr. flygning ved en gitt lufthavn, kan man beregne konsekvensen av et fatalt havari i form av antall omkomne. Konsekvensberegningene tar her utgangspunkt sannsynlighetsfordelingen for antall passasjerer, kombinert med forventet andel som omkommer i de ulike flygefasene gitt havari i disse. I modellen kan man i tillegg til å gi karakterer med basis i gjeldende tilstand på en flyplass, også kan angi karakterer svarende til tilstanden etter at tiltak er gjennomført. Dermed kan modellen gi en indikasjon på hvor mye flygbarhetsindeksen reduseres ved å gjennomføre ulike tiltak. Til hvert tiltak kan det også angis kostnader slik at man kan vurdere hvilke tiltak som gir størst uttelling pr. investert krone.

Huseby, Arne & Rabbe, Marit (2008). Predicting airport runway conditions based on weather data.
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Slippery runways represent a significant risk to aircrafts especially during the winter season. Thus, having reliable methods for identifying such conditions is very important. However, measuring the runway friction with a satisfactory precision is very difficult. While many different measurement devices have been developed, it is hard to find equipment that produces stable and consistent results. Furthermore, in order to measure friction, the runway needs to be shut down. Thus, in order to avoid severe delays to the traffic, such measurements cannot be carried out too frequently. In the present paper we present the results of a largescale study of runway conditions carried out during two winter seasons at two Norwegian airports. The main goal was developing methodology for identifying slippery runway conditions using weather data in addition to runway reports. Throughout the two seasons various kinds of weather data was collected, e.g., air and ground temperature, humidity, precipitation, visibility and wind. Using these data a scenario based weather model for slippery conditions was developed. The model was validated using flight data from a large number of flights. Using these data we computed several indicators reflecting how the aircrafts were affected by the runway conditions. By comparing indicator values from landings where the weather model predicted slippery conditions with the corresponding values from landings on dry runways, we were able to verify that the weather model selected the correct landings.

Natvig, Bent; Eide, Kristina; Gåsemyr, Jørund Inge; Huseby, Arne & Isaksen, Stefan (2008). Simulation based analysis and an application to an offshore oil and gas production system of the Natvig measures of component importance in repairable systems. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 10.
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In the present paper the Natvig measures of component importance for repairable systems, and its extended version are analysed for two three component systems and a bridge system. The measures are also applied to an offshore oil and gas production system. According to the extended version of the Natvig measure a component is important if both by failing it strongly reduces the expected system uptime and by being repaired it strongly reduces the expected system downtime. The results include a study of how different distributions affect the ranking of the components. All numerical results are computed using discrete event simulation. In a companion paper (Huseby, Eide, Isaksen, Natvig and Gåsemyr 2008) the advanced simulation methods needed in these calculations are described.

Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov & Huseby, Arne (2007). The modelling of multisegment production profiles using hybrid systems and ordinary differential equations.

Huseby, Arne (2007). Advances in Risk Analysis and Decision Sciences.

Huseby, Arne (2007). Aircraft Movements and Stochastic Hybrid Systems.

Huseby, Arne (2007). Oriented Matroid Systems and Signed Domination.

Huseby, Arne (2007). Safe Winter Operations, Statistical Analysis.

Huseby, Arne (2007). Signed Domination of Oriented Matroid Systems.
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The domination invariant has played a central part in reliability theory. Most of the work in this field has been restricted to various types of network system models. However, many of the results can be generalized to much wider families of systems associated with matroids. A matroid is an ordered pair (F, M), where F is a nonempty finite set and M is a collection of incomparable subsets of F, called circuits, satisfying certain closure properties. For any given matroid (F, M) and x in F we can associate a reliability system with component set E = F \x. Previous papers have explored the relation between undirected network systems and matroids. In this paper the main focus is on directed network systems and their relation to oriented matroids. Oriented matroids are a special type of matroids where the circuits are signed sets. Using these signed sets one can e.g., obtain a set theoretic representation of the direction of the edges of a directed network system. Classical results for directed network systems include the fact that the signed domination either 1 or 1 if the network is acyclic, and zero otherwise. It turns out that these results can be generalized to systems derived from oriented matroids. Several classes of systems for which the generalized results hold will be discussed. These include oriented versions of koutofnsystems and a certain class of systems associated with matrices.

Huseby, Arne (2007). Signert dominasjon og rettede matroidesystemer.

Huseby, Arne; Aarrestad, Olav; Norheim, Armann & Rabbe, Marit (2007). Safe Winter Operation Project.
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Safe landings on slippery runways have been a challenge for decades. Airlines, airport operators and authorities recognize the need for improving today’s methods for measuring and reporting runway braking action, both with respect to precision of the data and timing. The SWOP project addresses this challenge and aims at develop an equivalent “factor” to today’s friction coefficient, resting on meteorological data in combination with in depth knowledge of the contamination at hand. The approach is multidisciplinary and puts the pilots' need for precise and timely information on prevailing conditions in the centre. There are no commercial liabilities to the results of the work, thus knowhow and models developed by the project are freely available to airlines, airport operators and authorities. The main idea has been to study the relationship between prevailing weather conditions and corresponding runway conditions. To study this, meteorological data have been continuously logged for two consecutive winter seasons (2004/2005 and 2005/2006). In parallel, runway reports and flight recorder data have been logged for a large number of actual landings on Oslo International Airport Gardermoen and Tromsø Airport. Comparing prevailing weather and runway conditions makes it possible to identify meteorological phenomena that trigger slippery runways. At the same time, considerable attention has been given to define ground to air reporting that is meaningful and acceptable from a pilot point of view. One of the most important results of the project is a weather model. The quality of the model is validated against indicators based on the collected flight data. These calculations clearly show that the weather model works well, as the landings identified as potentially slippery, have flight indicator values significantly different from the other landings. Thus, the model represents a major step towards a method for describing runway conditions as a function of the current status of the continuously logged weather parameters. By combining the results from the weather model with other available sources, pilots can be updated on prevailing conditions on a (close to) continuous basis. The weather model is based on measurement of air temperature, runway temperature, type of precipitation, relative humidity and visibility. The model describes 6 different scenarios known to cause slippery runways. The scenarios are precisely defined based on criteria representing the above mentioned measurements. For any point in time within a range of 4 hours back in time, meteorological measurements are used to assess if the 6 scenarios have occurred or not. If occurred, the runway is classified as potential slippery. This information can then be combined with runway report data, and thus producing a final classification of the runway conditions as “Good”, “Medium” or “Poor”. The analysis has revealed significant differences between runway condition reports and results produced by the weather model. In most cases these differences can be explained by outdated runway condition reports or recent measures taken by ground staff to improve runway conditions. This suggests that implementing a weather model in addition to existing runway reporting routines will improve assessment and ground to air reporting of prevailing runway conditions. Further work is still needed to fully coordinate the use of such a weather model and existing runway reporting routines. A weather model as the one developed through the project should be combined with several support tools/systems in the assessment of prevailing runway conditions. Suitable support tools/systems, individual competence and handson experience and insight in local weather phenomena will together decide the quality of the information reported from ground to air.

Huseby, Arne & Evenseth, John (2007). Veslefrikk Redevelopment Project, Schedule Risk Analysis Report.

Huseby, Arne & Haavardsson, Nils Fridthjov (2007). Multisegment production profile models, a hybrid system approach. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 2.
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When an oil or gas field development project is evaluated, having a satisfactory production model is very important. Since the first attempts in the 40's, many different models have been developed for this purpose. Such a model typically incorporates knowledge about the geological properties of the reservoir. When such models are used in a total value chain analysis, however, also economical and strategic factors need to be taken into account. In order to do this, flexible modeling tools are needed. In this paper we demonstrate how this can be done using hybrid system models. In such models the production is modeled by ordinary differential equations representing both the reservoir dynamics as well as strategic control variables. The approach also allows us to break the production model into a sequence of segments. Thus, we can easily represent various discrete events affecting the production in different ways. The modeling framework is very flexible making it possible to obtain realistic approximations to reallife production profiles. At the same time the calculations can be done very efficiently. The framework can be incorporated in a full scale project uncertainty analysis.

Eisinger, Siegfried; Sutter, Esther & Huseby, Arne (2006). Component importance measures in complex systems.
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In this paper a contribution has been made to specifying requirements for improvement measures for a wide class of field application models, namely multistate systems consisting of multistate components changing state at discrete times. Following the requirement list benchmark models can be defined which can suit to test the performance of improvement measures. A simple benchmark model has been proposed in this paper. Starting from the classical importance measures ‘Improvement potential’ and ‘Birnbaums measure’, two new importance measures have been proposed, namely the Covariance and the ‘Component blaming’based measures. These measures yield promising results with respect to the stated requirements. Both the Covariance and the ‘Component loss’ measures are rather robust and do not complicate the simulation considerably.

Huseby, Arne (2005). Trends and Local Effects in Aviation Accident Rates Related to Deregulation. Statistical research report (Universitetet i Oslo. Matematisk institut. 7.
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When analyzing flight accident data over some period of time, it is clear that the rates of serious accidents per year show a steady decline. In the present paper we shall study the accident rates for general aviation in USA for the period 1960  2003 with special emphasis on the period around the US. deregulation, i.e., the period around 1980. The data used here, is obtained from US FAA (Federal Aviation Authorities) as source. It is shown that both the total accident rates and the fatal accident rates overall are on a steady decline. We have fitted different regression models to the data. Among these models, the loglinear model gives the best fit, indicating that the rates are flattening out. For the total accident rates it seems like there is an even stronger tendency towards flattening. On the other hand for the fatal accident rates there still appears to be a potential for a future decline. From a long term perspective we find no indication that the trends are affected significantly by events like deregulation. Still the accident rates around the deregulation point are indeed lower than one could expect. Thus, for a limited time such events may have a positive effect in terms of increased risk awareness.
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