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When Software Goes Wrong - A City Metro System

When Software Goes Wrong - A City Metro System

Update: 2021-02-25
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In this fifth podcast about the impact of software failures on railway asset safety, Dr Emma Taylor talks about the causes behind an accident that happened during testing on a city metro system. Checks from the V-model that should have been applied during the development, testing and implementation of the complex, software-based system.

02:04 Using the V-model to verify and validate the integrity of safety-critical software systems.

03:10 The signalling failure incident and the major changes that were being tested.

04:43 The system definition step in the V-model—opinion on some assumptions made about the dependability of the core software.

05:16 Latent software faults.

05:50 Risk assessment, identifying hazards, and designing software systems to avoid them.

07:25 Some personal thoughts on why a data synchronization issue might have been missed.

08:15 The practical stages of software development, system requirements, and recording  design changes.

09:20 Failure of data copying between systems, and related process documentation.

10:22 The testing part of manufacture—verification and validation throughout the lifecycle.

11:38 The role of third-party, independent assessors in the development process.

 Resources mentioned in this episode:

The V-model on Geeks for Geeks.org: https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/software-engineering-sdlc-v-model/ 

The V-model for humans on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-Model_(software_development) 

Loss of safety critical signalling data on the Cambrian Coast line, 20 October 2017: https://www.gov.uk/raib-reports/report-17-2019-loss-of-safety-critical-signalling-data-on-the-cambrian-coast-line 

The digital bits of a system podcast https://www.orr.gov.uk/guidance-compliance/rail/health-safety/strategy/rm3 

Other related resources:

LHSBR Infrastructure Asset Integrity section: https://www.rssb.co.uk/safety-and-health/leading-health-and-safety-on-britains-railway/infrastructure-asset-integrity 

LHSBR Rolling Stock Asset Integrity section: https://www.rssb.co.uk/safety-and-health/leading-health-and-safety-on-britains-railway/rolling-stock-asset-integrity 

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When Software Goes Wrong - A City Metro System

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