Modeling oil spill defense system using Functional Resonance Analysis method Conference Paper uri icon


  • The organization responsible for the oil spill response actions in Brazil is the Environmental Defense Center (EDC). The EDC operates in contingency and emergency situations to mitigate the impacts from oil spill accidents. The main function of the EDC is to support the existing local contingency plans in the refineries and the Operational Units of the oil company. This means that the EDC operates in oil spill occurrence aiming to ensure the maximum protection to the Operational Units and refineries to minimize the environmental consequences and the cost of the emergency. The aim of this research is to model the performance variability of the EDC's oil spill response actions. We use ergonomic field studies to capture data from EDC operations and the Functional Resonance Analysis - FRAM to model those operations, as a method to identify constraints and possible variability in the normal performance that may result in adverse events in the oil spill response actions.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cabrera, M. V., Vidal, M., Ferris, T. K., & De Carvalho, P.

publication date

  • January 2014