Risk Assessment for Critical Logistical Infrastructures – Status Quo and Chances for Improvement



Risk Assessment for Critical Logistical Infrastructures – Status Quo and Chances for Improvement

Nominated for The Planning for Sustainable Land Use and Transport Award

Authors

Sascha Düerkop, HS Fulda - University of Applied Science, Michael Huth, HS Fulda - University of Applied Science

Description

The status quo and potential improvements of the risk evaluation of logistical infrastructures is studied by listing different possible risk evaluation approaches and assessing it's acceptance by practitioners.

Abstract

Climate change, aging machinery and terrorist attacks are rising threats to the European society as a whole and to the logistical infrastructure in particular. Policy makers in all over Europe listed the protection of the national and international infrastructures on their agenda during the last years to, at least, preserve the status quo. Most of the recent efforts in science and practice, however, keeps focusing on improving the preparedness of intangible infrastructures and often ignore the implementation of a proper risk management for one of the classical backbones of the European economy – the logistical infrastructure.
Climate change, aging machinery and terrorist attacks are rising threats to the European society as a whole and to the logistical infrastructure in particular. Policy makers in all over Europe listed the protection of the national and international infrastructures on their agenda during the last years to, at least, preserve the status quo. Most of the recent efforts in science and practice, however, keeps focusing on improving the preparedness of intangible infrastructures and often ignore the implementation of a proper risk management for one of the classical backbones of the European economy – the logistical infrastructure.
To address this identified research gap as holistic as possible we give an extensive overview of risk management methods and their applicability to identify, analyze, and evaluate risks in a logistical infrastructure context. In addition to well-known and advanced risk management tools two analytical risk evaluation methods were developed to best suit the needs of risk management for critical logistical infrastructures. To understand the applicability and acceptance of the classical and new methods we discussed our findings with a number of experts from practice and used the results of those interviews to assess the willingness of practitioners to implement risk management tools. To ultimately address all parties of interest we interviewed public infrastructure providers and management authorities as well as corporate users of the logistical infrastructures. Finally, a broad empirical study amongst German practitioners in all modes and parts of the logistical infrastructure has been started to get an overview of the status quo and receive a reliable feedback on the needs to improve the risk management implementation for critical logistical infrastructures.

Publisher

Association for European Transport