Risk Analysis of Subsea Blowout Preventer by Mapping GO Models into Bayesian Networks

  • Baoping CaiEmail author
  • Yonghong Liu
  • Zengkai Liu
  • Yuanjiang Chang
  • Lei Jiang


Bayesian network (BN) is commonly used in probabilistic risk quantification due to its powerful capacity in uncertain knowledge representation and uncertainty reasoning. For the formalization of BN models, this paper presents a novel approach on constructing a BN from GO model. The equivalent BNs of the seventeen basic operators in GO methodology are developed. Therefore, the existing GO model can be mapped into an equivalent BN on basis of these developed BNs of the operators. Subsea blowout preventer (BOP) system plays an important role in providing safety during the subsea drilling activities. A case of closing the subsea BOP in the presence of pump failures is used to illustrate the mapping process. First, its GO model is presented according to the flowchart of the case. Then, BN is obtained based on the presented GO model. The developed BN relaxes the limitations of GO model and is capable of probability updating and probability adapting. Sensitivity analysis is performed to find the key influencing factor. The three-axiom-based analysis method is used to validate the developed BN.


Risk analysis Subsea blowout preventer GO methodology Bayesian network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Baoping Cai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yonghong Liu
    • 1
  • Zengkai Liu
    • 1
  • Yuanjiang Chang
    • 1
  • Lei Jiang
    • 2
  1. 1.China University of PetroleumQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Southwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina

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