Mark J. Kaiser

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286 A s a result of recent infrastructure failures, particularly the tragic failure of the Interstate-35 bridge in Minnesota, the U.S. Senate passed the National Infrastructure Improvement Act (NIIA), which would create the National Commission on the Infrastructure of the U.S.A. The commission’s broad mandate would be to assess the nation’s infrastructure(More)
The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) spot price shows high volatility and in 2014 and 2015 when quoted prices declined sharply, long-term prices in future markets were less volatile. These prices are different and diverge depending on how they process fundamental and transitory factors. US tight oil production has been a major innovation with significant(More)
  • Mark J Kaiser
  • Risk analysis : an official publication of the…
  • 2015
Public companies in the United States are required to report standardized values of their proved reserves and asset retirement obligations on an annual basis. When compared, these two measures provide an aggregate indicator of corporate decommissioning risk but, because of their consolidated nature, cannot readily be decomposed at a more granular level. The(More)
Algorithms are given for the computation of centroids of discrete, polygonal, and continuous convex regions in the plane. These include the zero-dimensional center-of-gravity for discrete systems, and the area, perimeter, and curvature centroids for both discrete and continuous regions. The zero-dimensional inter-of-gravity is motivated through analytic,(More)
The Louisiana Energy Fund is a public-private cooperative endeavor designed to provide publicly funded institutions with low cost, tax exempt financing to implement energy and water conservation projects in the state. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the expected economic, energy, and environmental impact of seven performance contracts awarded(More)
The mechanical risk index (MRI) is a numerical measure that quantifies the complexity of drilling a well. The purpose of this article is to examine the role of the component factors of the MRI and its structural and parametric assumptions. A meta-modeling methodology is applied to derive functional expressions of the MRI, and it is shown that the MRI can be(More)