Title: Rapid Natech Risk Assessment and Mapping Tool for Earthquakes: RAPID-N
Citation: Chemical Engineering Transactions vol. 26 no. 1 p. 93-98
Publisher: The Italian Association of Chemical Engineering
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC68625
ISSN: 1974-9791
URI: http://www.aidic.it/cet/12/26/016.pdf
DOI: 10.3303/CET1226916
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Natural-hazard triggered accidents at industrial facilities (natechs) are recognized as an emerging risk with possibly serious consequences. Risk maps are helpful to identify natech hot spots. However, recent surveys showed that hardly any natech risk maps exist in the OECD and EU. A probabilistic natech risk mapping methodology for earthquakes was developed to fill this gap. It was implemented as a web-based software tool called RAPID-N. This tool allows rapid natech risk assessment and mapping by using fragility curves for damage estimation and simple models for consequence assessment with minimum data input. The tool includes a property estimation framework that can be used to calculate hazard parameters and site, process equipment, and substance properties. RAPID-N comes with a basic set of fragility curves for the damage assessment. If needed, custom damage states and fragility curves can also be defined for different process equipment types. Conditional and probabilistic relationships can be specified between damage states and probable natech event scenarios. The consequences of the natech events are assessed using the Risk Management Program (RMP) methodology of the U.S. EPA and the results are presented as summary reports and interactive risk maps. The tool can be used for land-use and emergency planning.
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