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The BP Oil Spill: Could Software be a Culprit?
September/October 2010 (vol. 12 no. 5)
pp. 6-9
Don Shafer, Athens Group
Phillip A. Laplante, Penn State

No one yet knows what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and poured millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But considering the fact that offshore oil rigs comprise dozens of complex subsystems that use or are controlled by software, is it possible a software failure could have contributed to this disaster?

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Index Terms:
Information technology, software, oil spill, interface standards
Don Shafer, Phillip A. Laplante, "The BP Oil Spill: Could Software be a Culprit?," IT Professional, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 6-9, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MITP.2010.136
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