Ingrid Bouwer Utne

Professor Department of Marine Technology
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Background and activities

Areas of competence and interests

System safety engineering (systems engineering), risk assessement, and maintenance management of marine systems.


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Selected research projects

Reducing risk in aquaculture

This project will research and develop novel concepts for autonomous operations and technology to improve safety and efficiency in aquaculture. In particular, the project will address daily operations and inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) for exposed locations, but the project results will also be applicable to more sheltered fish production. Moreover, the project will assess, utilize and possibly adapt technology developed for subsea IMR in the oil and gas industry. Advances in sensor technology, robotics, ICT, and localization methods create new opportunities for reducing operators' manual workload and exposure time on the facilities at sea, for preventing fish escape, and for improving safety and operational efficiency. More information.


I am responsible for a study specialization on marine safety and asset management (former marine operation and maintenance engineering/operation technology) in the 5-year master program in Marine Technology.  The specialization covers important activities needed to ensure a well-functioning, safe and environmental friendly system. The focus is on marine systems, such as ships, offshore installations, marine renewable energy production systems, fisheries and aquaculture.

More information can be found in this brochure.

Curriculum Vitae

My   CV.


Risk and interdependencies in critical infrastructures. A guide for analysis.

A guideline for practitioners and a textbook for students. Springer Series in Reliability Engineering, 2012.

Editors: Per Hokstad, Ingrid Bouwer Utne, and Jørn Vatn.

(Chinese edition in 2015).

Risikoanalyse. Teori og metoder (Risk analysis. Theory and methods, in Norwegian). 

Publisher Tapir Akademisk Forlag/Akademika, 2009. The book provides a thorough introduction to risk analysis and the most commonly used methods in such analyses. The book is written by Marvin Rausand and Ingrid Bouwer Utne. The book supports practical risk analyses and may be used as curriculum for courses at bachelor level. The book´s web page.

Graduated PhD-students


Edgar McGuinness: Safety in the Norwegian fishing fleet - analysis and measures for improvement. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Bjørn Egil Asbjørnslett (NTNU)

HyungJu Kim: Maritime safety - An analysis of accident causation and measures for reducing risk at sea. Hovedveileder: Stein Haugen, biveileder: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

Sepideh Jafarzadeh: Energy efficiency and emission abatement in the fishing fleet. Main supervisor: Harald Ellingsen, co-supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne


Mohammad Juned Akhtar: The effects of human fatigue on risk at sea. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Ross Phillips (TØI)

Lijuan Dai: Safe and efficient operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Marvin Rausand (NTNU)


Pedro Ramirez: Aging management and life extension of technical systems. Concepts and methods applied to oil and gas facilities. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Tom Anders Thorstensen

Current PhD-students

Ingunn Marie Holmen:

  • Preliminary title: Safety in exposed aquaculture operations

  • Hovedveileder: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Biveileder: Stein Haugen (NTNU) 

Jeevith Hedge:

  • Preliminary title: Safety and reliability of marine underwater autonomous vehicles

  • Hovedveileder: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Biveileder: Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU) 

Børge Rokseth

  • Preliminary title: Risk assessment and risk control of dynamic positioning systems. 

  • Hovedveileder: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Biveileder:  Jan Erik Vinnem, Eilif Pedersen og Asgeir Sørensen (NTNU) 

Christoph Thieme

  • Preliminary title: Safe and reliable operation of underwater autonomous vehicles

  • Hovedveileder: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Biveileder: Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU) 

Martin Hassel

  • Preliminary title: Safety and reliability of marine systems in arctic operation

  • Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co-supervisor: Jan Erik Vinnem (NTNU) 

Siri Holen

  • Preliminary title: Operational safety in offshore fish farming

  • Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co-supervisors: Bjørn Egil Asbjørnslett (NTNU) and Arne Fredheim (SINTEF)


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications