Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis
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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.
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|Section 1: Course Introduction|
|Preview of the course Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis|
|Lecture 2||2 pages|
|Section 2: Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis|
Risk definition and introduction to risk management
Introduction to transportation risk management
Definitions of key terms in transportation risk
Introduction to influence diagram and event tree and structuring transportation risk scenarios
|Section 3: Basic Risk Analysis Methodologies|
More detail discussion on transportation risk assessment
Introduction to different processes involved in performing qualitative and semi-quantitative transportation risk analysis
Introduction to different steps involved in performing quantitative transportation risk analysis
|Section 4: Quantitative Transportation Risk Analysis Examples|
|Overview of hazardous materials transportation in the U.S. as a necessary background to understand the specific risk analysis examples in the following lectures|
|Lecture 11||8 pages|
A supplement to Lecture 10
|Description of a quantitative, environmental risk analysis of rail transportation of a group of light, non-aqueous-phase liquid (LNAPL) chemicals commonly transported by rail in North America|
|Illustration of how we can use the results from transportation risk analyses to make planning decisions|
|Section 5: ArcGIS Mapping|
Introduction to ArcGIS
|Lecture 15||12 pages|
ArcGIS tutorial for Lecture 14
|Section 6: Advanced Topics on Transportation Risk|
Overview of some key biases and decision traps in risk management
|Section 7: Course Conclusion|
|Review lessons learned, expectation and path forward|
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.