Analysing risk with DNV GL

We are working with SAMBa to develop new tools for managing risk by combining deterministic and probabilistic methods.”

Dr David Worthington,
Head of Risk & Reliability Mathematical Modelling, DNV GL


DNV GL is a multi-national risk analysis company, working across a wide range of sectors. They first began working with the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2013 through jointly funding a project, led by Tony Shardlow, through the University’s Impact Acceleration Account to investigate new approaches to risk assessment. This IAA project funded a postdoctoral researcher who went on to be a lecturer at the University of Warwick.

Following this short-term, applied maths project, DNV GL was keen to get involved with some longer-term fundamental mathematics research in order to improve their processes further. This was enabled through attending the first SAMBa Integrative Think Tank (ITT) in January 2015. DNV GL worked with the SAMBa students in the weeks leading up to the ITT, training them on their software and giving them an introduction to the company, its priorities and the challenges it faces.

Two representatives from DNV GL attended the ITT, and presented quite different problems. One was solved during the ITT week and an extension of this work is now being pursued by the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation. The second project developed into a PhD project.


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