Course Description :

Causes, mechanics, classification, and forces associated with tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and landslides. Resistance evaluation for existing ground, facilities and structures. Hazard-resistant design of new facilities. Risk and reliability assessment and decision analysis. Strategies and designs for natural disaster risk mitigation. Emergency response for protection of life and property and restoration of lifelines. Includes an interdisciplinary team project.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the magnitudes and consequences of extreme events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and landslides.
  • Assess frequency and probability of occurrence of natural hazards; determine recurrence intervals and event magnitudes for use in engineering design.
  • Evaluate vulnerability/resistance of natural and engineered ground and constructed facilities to threats from natural hazards.
  • Assess risks from natural disasters in terms of fatalities, injuries, property and infrastructure damage, as well as social, economic and environmental costs
  • Identify and evaluate via cost-benefit analysis acceptable risk mitigation, emergency response, and disaster recovery alternatives.
  • Explain roles of engineers and other risk professionals, government agencies, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders and decision makers in the management of natural hazards and associated risks.
Course Prerequisite :
Senior Standing
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C