This review paper is a part of the Douglas Faulkner Symposium within OMAE 2006. It is structured along the following main topics: a) the potential for combining advanced numerical modeling of structures with structural reliability techniques, b) the need for better understanding the risks associated with abnormal environmental events and their potential impact on marine structures, particularly for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. These are fields where Professor Faulkner’s pioneering efforts continue to be very relevant and an inspiration for future academic and industry research.

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