Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Digital Twin Technology for Risk Management of the Safety-Critical Systems in the Energy Transition

Nurhasnita Hamzah1,a, Michael Grant2, Maureen Jennings1,b and Henry Tan1,c

1School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK.

2BP International Limited, Wellheads Road, Dyce AB21 7HG, UK.


Digital twin technology enables engineers to identify and address potential faults and hazards in a product's design prior to completion. This approach encompasses risk management solutions such as automation and monitoring systems that contribute to the protection of people and property. By simulating real assets in virtual environments, digital twins supply valuable data that facilitates risk analysis and identification of potential accident scenarios. Incorporating human factors in digital twins fosters the development of safety-critical systems, particularly within the context of the energy transition. The industry is expected to establish regulations for data storage, driven by the growing prevalence of digital twin technology.

Keywords: Digital twin, Digital twin technology, Risk analysis, Risk assessment, Safety-critical system, Energy transition.

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