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2016/2017 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Master Civiele Techniek
Transport Safety
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.S.Sillem    S.Sillem@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir.J.A.A.M.Stoop    J.A.A.M.Stoop@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
This course deals with the structure and development of the concept of safety and risk control based on the Design Control and Practice (DCP) diagram with respect to transport systems (rail, road, maritime and aviation). The course presents a systematic approach towards safety in different modes of transportation, integrated in traffic design and management. The focus is on the role of humans in causing safety related problems and in controlling them. The course provides methods for analysis of safety problems and tools to prevent and control safety in transportation systems. Keywords: Safety (design) principles & approaches, human factors & traffic control, research methodology

The course deals with the structure and development of the notions of safety and risk management by focusing on:
• Practice, with a focus on the historical development, perception and acceptance of safety and risk in railway and aerospace domains;
• Control, focusing on various strategies available in dealing with risk at the level of governance and administration;
• Technology, focusing on the way safety and risk have been involved objectively and subjectively in developing technological projects and applications;
• A micro systems level, dealing with accident analysis, the complexity of problem modelling, multiple causality and explanatory theories for failure at the operator level;
• A meso systems level, in developing scenarios and applications of quantitative risk analysis;
• A macro systems level, focusing on procedural approaches in dealing with and deciding on risk by Safety Impact Assessment procedures, Safety Cases and Critical Size Events regarding rescue and emergency resource allocation
• Rescue and emergency management and disaster control in the light of national and international perspectives such as EU Directives and international NGO’s.
• system description of different transport modes using safety models
• measures to prevent and/or control unsafe situations
• consequences of human behaviour for safety in transportation
• the concept of risk in relation to transport systems
• specific measures to control risk: design & implementation
• control of risk during the life-cycle of a transportation
• system and possible government interventions
• applicability of research methods for safety in transportation, including: accident analysis, observation studies, risk identification, statistics, casuistics and simulation
Study Goals
This course provides the student a basic knowledge in safety from two different persepctives. A systems perspective, looking at the effect of transport safety on society, and a bottom-up perspective, looking at risk analysis and mthods an techniques to research transport safety. The course provides students with strengths and weaknesses of methods and techniques in problem analysis and problem solving at various systems levels and from different perspectives based on the notion of integral safety. The course focuses on applying basic skills in accident analysis, quantitative risk assessment and the design of complicated problem solving strategies.
To make students familiar with various tools for safety analysis and control during design and operation of different transport modes. After taking this course the student will have knowledge of:

* systematic and conceptual modelling for safety;
* human behaviour in (control of) transportation systems;
* structured method(s) for risk identification;
* the use of incident/accident databases and statistic and casuistic analysis.
Education Method
Blended learning: pre-lecture work, lectures, post-lecture work and 4 group assignments.
An exam halfway through the course and four group assignments.
Transport & Logistics
Expected prior Knowledge
Acceptance to a TUD Msc program
Academic Skills
Writing a report / essay
Literature & Study Materials
Literature and other material will be made available through blackboard.
The mark for this course is based on the results of four assignments and on an individual final essay. A minimum grade of 5.0 is required for each assignment and the essay. The final grade is based on the following division assignments count for 15% each and the essay for 40%
Permitted Materials during Exam