The PDS method has, through the PDS forum, been developed in close co-operation with oil companies as well as vendors and researchers of control and safety systems.
Even though the model is considered realistic, it is still relatively simple. The method is primary a tool for non-experts in reliability, and should thus contribute to enhance the use of reliability in the engineering disciplines and to bridge the gap between reliability theory and application.
The PDS method is function orientated, which gives an integrated approach to hardware, software and human factors. Thus, the model accounts for all typical failure causes, e.g.:
The PDS method is considered to be realistic as it accounts for all major factors affecting reliability during system operation, such as:
Through a research project sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and the PDS members, the PDS method has recently been updated, including activities such as:
Published January 1, 2017