The BP oil spill: Could software be a culprit?

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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?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5593032
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalIT Professional
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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