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Unit information: Hazards and Infrastructure in 2018/19

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Unit name Hazards and Infrastructure
Unit code CENGM0051
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Agarwal
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

The aim of this unit is to enable the students to understand the natural and man-made hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tsunami, floods, explosions, accidents, human error) and the risks these pose to nuclear infrastructures and the society at large.

The course will be delivered in the context of civil engineering infrastructures.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will;

1. be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the hazards and infrastructure resilience,

2. be able to assess how infrastructure is vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards,

3. be able to carry out qualitative and quantitative risk analysis and identify measures to improve infrastructure resilience

Teaching details

20 hours of lectures

76 hours private study

Lectures will be arranged to cover different hazards and risks to infrastructures. Students will supplement these by undertaking wider reading.

SYLLABUS

  1. Introduction – hazards and risk to infrastructures
  2. Vulnerability, robustness, resilience and sustainability
  3. Natural hazards – landslides, earthquakes, tsunami, wind etc.
  4. Man-made hazards and human error
  5. Networked infrastructure - road, rail, water supply, drainage
  6. Buildings, bridges, dams and coastal structures
  7. Quantitative risk analysis and catastrophe modelling
  8. Life cycle performance and risk management

Assessment Details

Students will either undertake a critical review of risk management practice in a specific area or examine the impact of hazards on infrastructures in real contexts. They will present their findings in the form of a report that will make up 100% of the final mark (ULOs 1-3).

Please note that regular formative feedback will be provided through teaching activity such as simple exercises and optional activities.

Reading and References

D.Blockley (Ed.), Engineering Safety, McGraw Hill, 1992.

McGuire, R.K, Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 2008.

Woo, G., Calculating Catastrophes, World Scientific, 2011.

Jonathan Rougier J., Sparks, S., and Hill, L. (Eds.), Risk and Uncertainty Assessment for Natural Hazards, Cambridge University Press, 2013

B.M.Ayyub, Risk Analysis in Engineering and Economics, Chapman and Hall, 2003.

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