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Risk Management and Reliability Engineering

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Cranfield University
School of Engineering
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5 Days
Short Course
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Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Risk management has become the central function of a utility manager. Utilities provide essential public health and environmental protection services to society and those working in the sector need to be versed with the context, tools and requirements of good risk governance. 

This short course aims to equip technologists with the skills to commission, appraise and review risk assessments within the utility sector, specifically for water, wastewater and solid waste unit processes and assets. To introduce the governance of risk within the utility sector – technical, managerial and human factors.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Summarise the context of risk governance in the utility sector and explain organisational structures for risk management; relate these to corporate objectives, eg. licence to operate
  • Exemplify strategic, tactical and operational risk in the water, wastewater or waste sector
  • Identify and select from key risk analysis tools and techniques appropriate to a range risk problem under study; be confident about the rules for selecting risk techniques
  • Undertake reliability analysis calculations, understanding and calculating mean times to failure
  • Identify critical control points and devise risk management strategies for managing risks to and from engineered systems; relate these to the development of water safety plans
  • Devise risk governance structures and debate key risk management competencies for individuals, organisations and specialists; recognise core features of a risk mature organisation
  • Scope out and critically evaluate environmental risk assessments in the context of regulatory permitting – siting, operations and discharge.

Course Topics

  • Drivers for risk management in the utility sector – why manage risk?
  • Corporate risk management – structures, tools and techniques
  • Basic probability and statistics
  • The reliability, availability and maintenance of unit processes
  • Risk analysis tools and techniques
  • Assets, risk management and public health protection
  • Regulatory risk assessments in support of environmental permits
  • Communicating risk, building stakeholder confidence
  • Risk governance in the utility sector – towards high reliability organisations.

Course Fees

Five-day short course fees:

  • £1400 - Standard (20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)
  • £1340 - Professional/trade association discount
  • £1280 - Multiple bookings (minimum of five delegates)


*PLEASE NOTE: Course dates provided are provisional and may change; confirmed dates will be provided shortly or upon registration for the course.

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