Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis

Introduction to freight transportation risk management framework, risk assessment concepts and methodologies.
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8,865 students
Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (244 ratings)
8,865 students
Understand basic concepts in transportation risk
Structure transportation risk problems by identifying potential hazards, initiating events, likelihood and accident consequences
Identify data needs to perform transportation risk analysis
Perform a comprehensive transportation risk analysis


  • Recommended background: Familiarity with probability/statistics

What is the course about? This course provides an introduction to transportation risk analysis.

What kind of materials are included? It covers risk management framework, and risk assessment concepts and methodologies using examples based on railroad hazardous materials transportation risk.

How long will the course take to complete? The lectures can be completed in about 3 hours. Students are highly encouraged to complete optional assignments specified in the lectures. This would require additional 2-10 hours, depending on the level of complexity of the student-chosen transportation risk scenario.

How is the course structured? There are a set of 5-15 minute video lectures with optional assignments. Students are encouraged to publish their assignments online (e.g. using Google Doc) and share the link using the Q&A board for specific lectures.

Why take this course? This course will provide an ultralight, express introduction to transportation risk. This course is particularly suitable for managers, planners, engineers, other professionals or students who are or will be involved in transportation supply chain. Upon completion of this course, students will feel comfortable to support a transportation risk analysis project. Additional resources are specified throughout the lectures if students want to learn more.

Level of instructor involvement/availability: Students are highly encouraged to post questions and comments, and respond to those from other students using the Q&A board. Instructor will check and address unanswered questions/comments at least weekly.

Who this course is for:
  • Particularly suitable for managers, planners, engineers, other professionals or students who are or will be involved in transportation supply chain
Course content
7 sections • 17 lectures • 3h 10m total length
  • Introduction to Course
  • Course Syllabus
    2 pages
  • Risk and Risk Management
  • Transportation Risk Management
  • Transportation Risk Key Definitions
  • Structuring Risky Scenario
  • Transportation Risk Assessment
  • Qualitative and Semi-Quantitative Transportation Risk Analysis
  • Quantitative Transportation Risk Analysis
  • Overview of Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • Hazardous Materials Shipment Supply Chain Process Maps
    8 pages
  • Environmental Risk Analysis of Railroad Transportation of Hazardous Materials
  • Transportation Infrastructure Risk Reduction Strategy Optimization
  • ArcGIS Introduction
  • Consequence Analysis Tutorial
    12 pages
  • Biases and Decision Traps in Risk Management
  • Course Conclusion

Professor, Consultant, Project Manager
Rapik Saat, PhD, PMP
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Dr. Rapik Saat holds B.S. (2003), M.S. (2005), and Ph.D. (2009) degrees in civil engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches graduate-level courses in High-Speed Rail Planning and Multimodal Transportation Safety and Risk. His research interests are transportation safety and risk analysis, high-speed rail planning, railroad civil engineering economics, data mining and operations research.