English | 2011 | ISBN: 0415669863 | 2823 pages | PDF | 28,1 MB
Under the pressure of harsh environmental conditions & natural hazards, large parts of the world population are struggling to maintain their livelihoods. Population growth, increasing l& utilization & shrinking natural resources have led to an increasing dem& of improved efficiency of existing technologies & the development of new ones.
Additionally, growing complexities of societal functionalities & interdependencies among infrastructures & urban habitats amplify consequences of malfunctions & failures. Malevolence, sustainable developments & climatic changes have more recently been added to the list of challenges. Over the last decades, substantial progress has been made in assessing & quantifying risks. However, with regard to the broader utilization of risk assessment as a means for societal strategic & operational planning, there is still a great need for further development.
Applications of Statistics & Probability in Civil Engineering contains the proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics & Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11, Zürich, Switzerl&, 1-4 August 2011). The book focuses not only on the more traditional technical issues, but also emphasizes the societal context of the decision making problems including the interaction between stakeholders. This holistic perspective supports the enhanced & sustainable allocation of limited resources for the improvement of safety, environment & economy. The book is of interest to researchers & scientists working in the field of risk & reliability in engineering; to professionals & engineers, including insurance & consulting companies working with natural hazards, design, operation & maintenance of civil engineering & industrial facilities; & to decision makers & professionals in the public sector, including nongovernmental organisations responsible for risk management in the public domain, e.g. building authorities, the health & safety executives, the United Nations & the World Economic Forum.