Fault tree analysis is a method of risk analysis or fault analysis, which makes use of a diagram wherein an undesired effect, or failure, is assigned as the top event of the tree and the possible causes that could have made it arise. It is similar to other methods such as the use of an event tree (which is used in the analysis of all possible events that could occur in a system), a probability tree (aid in determining the possible outcomes of a series of actions and events, along with the probability of these outcomes occurring), a safety tree and a decision tree (wherein a scenario is listed, branching out to its possible consequences; this aids in determining the best possible decision based on foreseeable outcome). These methods can alternatively be called the term analysis tree.
Fault trees are definitely simple methods used for virtually any field, system or application. So where could you go if you wanted to find software for creating a fault tree? Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Find out more about fault tree analysis. Before you can work with or even choose high-quality fault tree software it's a good idea to brush up on your knowledge about this topic. Why not order informational books or download ebooks to help you with FTA basics to better prep you in working with one. You can borrow from your local library, get basic information from the Internet, or find affordable specialized ebooks from the Internet.
- Find out vendors' names. You can start by finding fault tree software from their source. The good news is that there are a lot of vendors that deal with fault tree risk analysis systems. Some examples of these vendors include Data Systems and Solutions, Relex Software Corporation, and Item Software USA. Most vendors give software support, training and consultations along with their product. You can also take advantage of the free demonstrations that they usually offer to help you see if their programs are truly compatible with your purposes. Visit their websites, which contain their contact numbers and other contact information.
- Find out names of fault tree software from the Internet. Another way you can go about your search is to obtain a list of particular fault tree software brands that are highly recommended by those who are in the same industry. Some examples of FTA (fault tree analysis) brands include FTA-Pro, Fault Tree+, Logan Fault and Event Tree Analysis, and several others. Find out which applications are integrated into the software, its capabilities and features, and its system requirements. Try also to compare these products with regard to their Graphical User Interface. (A high quality one should enable you to speedily build a tree and to input the reliability data.)
- Find recommendations from co-workers or those within the same industry. Fault tree analysis systems are usually found in specialized industries such as in engineering, manufacturing, transportation and electronics. If you work within a particular field, it's a good idea to find recommendations on fault tree analysis programs from your colleagues as they would best know which are best suited to your field of work.
There you have it! Hopefully these tips will help you out in your quest to finding that perfect fault tree analysis software, so no one could "fault" you for finding an unsuitable one. Good luck!