Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis

Introduction to freight transportation risk management framework, risk assessment concepts and methodologies.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2013 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Recommended background: Familiarity with probability/statistics

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Particularly suitable for managers, planners, engineers, other professionals or students who are or will be involved in transportation supply chain

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Section 1: Course Introduction
Preview of the course Introduction to Transportation Risk Analysis
2 pages

Course syllabus

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
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

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

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Rapik Saat, PhD, PMP, Professor, Consultant, Project Manager

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.

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