Construction of marine facilities is an expensive endeavor, with platforms built in deep waters costing in the billions of dollars. That makes it important to do it right the first time. Research at the John A. Blume Center for Earthquake Engineering has helped to advance the offshore industry's knowledge of how to build these structures more reliably.
Student theses and research reports from visiting scholars in the Reliability of Marine Structures (RMS) Program are now preserved and available through the Stanford Digital Repository.
The RMS Program existed from 1988 to 2002 and focused on advanced research in marine structures behavior and reliability. The program combined post-MS graduate study with basic research in structural reliability applications. The research was funded by the federal government and industry affiliate sponsors and run by Professor C. Allin Cornell, with the assistance of Steven Winterstein.
Other industries have since taken advantage of the research conducted through the RMS Program, which helped facilitate much of the technology transfer to other industries in later years. Much of the pioneering work of the RMS Program is still relevant today, so it's fabulous that these works are now easily discoverable and shareable through the SDR!