Water research school

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Riskanalysis and risk management

Two physical meetings in Gothenburg November 9-10 and December 5-6 2017.

The 3 hec course will be given as a basic course for PhD students in risk assessment, focusing on drinking water systems in Sweden. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of drinking water supply and other water systems, but no prior knowledge of risk assessment. The course will include the following elements:

·         Risk management process. Description of the basics of risk management in society and the different parts of the risk management process.

·         Definition of risk. Basic description of the terms risk, probability, consequences and uncertainty.

·         Basic principles for risk management in drinking water systems and other water systems.

·         Risk analysis methods. Review of general methods for estimating and calculating risk levels, for example:

o   Risk matrices

o   Event trees

o   Fault trees

·         Examples of methods developed for drinking water supply:

o   Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

o   Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA)

o   Dynamic field trees for analysis of delivery reliability

·         Risk assessment

o   Risk acceptance

o   Economic valuation of risk

·         Decision

o   Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of measures taken

o   Multi-criteria analysis (MCA) of measures taken


The course will be conducted in the form of lectures from Chalmers staff. In addition, the course participants will be responsible for making homework assignments and conducting presentations based on data and reading material.

The course will be given in winter 2017 with two meetings at Chalmers, 2 + 2 days.

Course leader: Andreas Lindhe and Lars Rosén, DRICKS, Chalmers