Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering

Michael Faber, Jochen Koehler, Kazuyoshi Nishijima

July 15, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 2823 Pages
ISBN 9780415669863 - CAT# K13128

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From the perspective of assessing and quantifying risks civil engineering as a discipline has achieved substantial progress over the last decades. However, regarding the broader utilization of risk assessment as a means for societal strategic and operational planning there is still a great need for further development. The present volume not only focusses on the more traditional technical issues relating to the assessment of reliability and risks for individual structures, facilities and activities but also pays attention to the societal context of decision making problems including the interaction between stakeholders.

Summary

Under the pressure of harsh environmental conditions and natural hazards, large parts of the world population are struggling to maintain their livelihoods. Population growth, increasing land utilization and shrinking natural resources have led to an increasing demand of improved efficiency of existing technologies and the development of new ones. Additionally, growing complexities of societal functionalities and
interdependencies among infrastructures and urban habitats amplify consequences of malfunctions and failures. Malevolence, sustainable developments and climatic changes have more recently been added to the list of challenges. Over the last decades, substantial progress has been made in assessing and quantifying risks. However, with regard to the broader utilization of risk assessment as a means for societal strategic and operational planning, there is still a great need for further development.

Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering contains the proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11, Zürich, Switzerland, 1-4 August 2011). The book focuses not only on the more traditional technical issues, but also emphasizes the societal context of the decision making problems including the interaction between stakeholders. This holistic perspective supports the enhanced and sustainable allocation of limited resources for the improvement of safety, environment and economy. The book is of interest to researchers and scientists working in the field of risk and reliability in engineering; to professionals and engineers, including insurance and consulting companies working with natural hazards, design, operation and maintenance of civil engineering and industrial facilities; and to decision makers and professionals in the public sector, including nongovernmental organisations responsible for risk management in the public domain, e.g. building authorities, the health and safety executives, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.