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Rail Industry Risk Engineering

Rail Risk Mastery: Unlocking the Science of Safety and Reliability in Rail Industry Risk Engineering – From EN50126 Standards to Analytical Techniques

Rail Industry Risk Engineering

Risk engineering principles and practices in support of Engineering Design Safety Management (EDSM) and EN50126 in the Rail Industry.

About the Course

The EN50126 Standard relating to the reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) of rail-based transportation systems defines the structure of a design process for Engineering Design Safety Management (EDSM). The use of this process by design and operators’ engineers requires an understanding of ‘risk’ and what is meant by ‘safety.’

These two terms are the subject of much misunderstanding and are defined in numerous ways in legislation and in the plethora of risk management standards. These terms are actually also the subject of good science, but this is seldom recognised or taught. This science provides a sound foundation for engineers to use, which is entirely compatible with the risk analysis methods pioneered by engineers after WW2.

A much-misunderstood aspect of the social context in which risk exists is that the task of the engineer can be expressed as the need to achieve a tolerable level of residual risk. A simple understanding of this notion is not helpful. Engineers designing rail systems need a more comprehensive understanding of the objective – ‘safety.’

Rail Industry Risk Engineering online course presents a scientific understanding (based on and derived from reputable sources) of the process that leads to unwanted outcomes and damage, defining risk in the context of the uncertainty of this process. This rail risk engineering course  provides a sound basis for understanding risk engineering analytical techniques, the use of which is necessary in EDSM.

Who Should Attend

Anyone involved with setting up or using design processes based on EN50126, particularly rail system design engineers and operators’ engineers involved with Engineering Design Safety Management and the use of EN50126 will benefit from this rail risk management course.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the difference between accident-based thinking and risk science
  • Knowing how to identify and describe risk in engineered systems
  • Understanding the sequential structure of the damage or loss process – the foundation of risk analysis
  • Understanding risk as a real number value
  • The ability to estimate risk through quantified risk analysis
  • The ability to comprehensively identify and understand the effect of risk control measures
  • Understanding cost-benefit analysis in the context of risk controls
  • The ability to contribute effectively to the process of design risk assessment contained in EN50126

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Course Information

Instructional Delivery Method: In-Person and Live Digital
Prerequisite & Advanced Preparation: Reading material will be sent prior to the course 


Delivered by Derek Viner

Derek is a qualified professional mechanical engineer. For the past 35 years he has been a consulting risk engineer and management consultant in risk control, working in a wide variety of industries.

Run this course in-house

Informa Connect Academy’s customised training solutions have helped organisations deliver tailored learning in different languages to suit every requirement.