Risk Analysis in Water Resources Engineering: Development and Application

by Jacques G. Ganoulis, Aristotle Univ of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece,

Abstract: Traditional engineering approaches for evaluating safety and performance in technical projects are usually based on conceptual modeling and the application of engineering standards. Risk and reliability analysis provides a theoretical framework of methods and tools to quantify the effect of various uncertainties in engineering projects. The integration of the traditional engineering approach into a risk and reliability framework was the principal objective of the Advanced Study Institute (ASI/NATO) held in Porto Carras, Greece, May 1991. A book (Ganoulis, ed., 1992) has since been published which contains the main contributions to the ASI. This paper reviews the book as a summary of recent developments in water resources engineering risk and reliability analyses, providing a unified approach to both water quantity and water quality problems.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Risk management | Water quality | Hydraulic engineering | Frames | Project management | Safety | Uncertainty principles

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