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Centre for research in Risks and Crises Mines ParisTech

By Denis Besnard, Damien Fabre, Wim Van Wassenhove, Eduardo F. A. Runte, Rue Claude Daunesse and Sophia Antipolis Cedex


This paper is an account of scientific transfer to, and co-development with, a commercial organization. The context is that of safety management of an energy distribution network. A company called EnergyCo approached the authors about their need of an incident analysis method. The company wanted a tool that would help them better capture the causes of incidents during maintenance operations on their network. The expertise they particularly asked for was that of human factors; an angle to work analysis they valued but had not been able to deploy at the time. Beyond the mere technical contents of the tool that was developed, we wish to provide an account of the various transactions, exchanges and collaborations that took place during the development of this method. We will highlight a particular angle of scientific transfer: co-development. In doing so, we will try to convey the message that scientific transfer goes beyond a mere "push" model. Indeed, we are of the opinion that in the case of the development of a method for the industry, transfer can be turned very productively into a codevelopment collaboration.

Year: 2009
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