SAPHIRE @ the Idaho National Laboratory

SAPHIRE Documentation and Training Information

The purpose of this area is to provide details about the SAPHIRE documentation and training.


SAPHIRE Users Group Training Course Dates

All courses are offered subject to seating availability. Contact us for availability.

SAPHIRE Training (February 25 - 27, 2020) potentially in Pasadena, CA. Send email for information.

Training Course Details

In addition to providing the SAPHIRE software and support, the SAPHIRE Users Group offers a comprehensive training course on the operation of the software. Interspaced with details on usage of the software, we provide instruction on the theory behind many of the analysis aspects of fault tree and event tree development.

The SAPHIRE Basics course is offered in Idaho Falls on a periodic basis. Alternatively, if your organization has five or more students you may elect to conduct a training session tailored exclusively for your organization, with the class taught at your facility. Other User Group training sessions will be conducted at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory facilities in Idaho.


For classes taught in Idaho Falls, the course costs $1,000 per person for SAPHIRE User Group members ($1,800 for non-Users Group members). For inquiries on training dates and costs associated with a course at your facility, please contact:

Curtis Smith at (208) 526-9804 email:
Jim Knudsen at (208) 526-6432 email:

Agenda for the SAPHIRE Basics course

Day 1
   2.SAPHIRE Database Concepts 
   3.SAPHIRE Menu Structure 
   4.Building Event Trees 
   5.Building Fault Trees 
   6.Basic Event Information 
   7.Graphical Output 
   8.Generating Fault Tree Cut Sets 

Day 2
   9.Quantifying Fault Tree Cut Sets 
  10.Fault Tree Uncertainty Analysis 
  11.Fault Tree Importance Analysis 
  12.Reporting Information 
  13.Linking Event Trees 
  14.Generating Event Tree Cut Sets 
  15.Sequence Uncertainty Analysis 
  16.Sequence Importance Analysis 

Day 3
  17.Reporting Sequence Results 
  18.Fault Tree and Event Tree Sensitivity Analysis
  19.Using Database Files 
  20.Linking Rules 
  21.Post Processing Rules 
  22.End State Analysis

Other topics that may be included if time/pace allows:
    - User-Defined Model Types
    - Large Event Tree Methodology