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What is a risk?

Risk is a combination of:
- the chance of an event happening and
- the outcome that event occur


Give some examples of risks encountered in construction.

- ground conditions
- productivity of labour
- work to be carried out (client's requirements)
- weather conditions
- environmental protests
- 'acts of god' (e.g. earthquakes)


Some notes on risk:

- risk management has been done informally as part of management for a very long time
- risk can almost all be reduced to money and invariably are
- as an engineer you may not like this


When is there the greatest uncertainty in a project?

There is uncertanties throughout every project, but the greatest uncertainty is at the start of a project.


When can (risk) management action have the greatest impact on a project?

At the start of the project. There is most money to be spent at this time.
Most important time to apply risk management is at 'project sanction'.


What are the fundemental steps in the risk management process?

- Identification
- Analysis
- Response


Explain the Identification step in the risk management process.

Identify all the risks which might affect the project. Often uses a hierarchy of risks.

(This is perhaps the most important and most difficult step. If we cannot identify the risks we cannot hope to take any action.)


Explain the Analysis step in the risk management process.

The 'evaluation' of:
- all the individual risks
- all the risks together


What must be determined to analyse the individual risks?

- the chance of the event occuring
- the effect should the event occur

This might be represented by a probablity distribution for any given variable. These distributions can be almost any shape and might not be continuous.


What must be determined to analyse all the risk together - overall project risk?

- find a method of combining all the risk events and their effects
(taking all worst/best outcomes and making decisions based on this will be too pessimistic or optimistic)

- develop mechanisms for understanding how these risks might combine


What are two techniques used for analysing the overall project risk?

one 'old' technique - PERT

one rather newer technique - MonteCarlo Simulation
(4 x most likely + optimistic + pessimistic)/6
however this relies heavily on experience and similarity of work


Explain the response step in the risk management process.

- involves making a decision on how to act and actually taking some action
(the essential management step)


Further risk management process:

- typical responses
- investigate further
- avoid (change design, construction method)
- share
- insure (CAR)


Explain the method for risk management.

1. identify, characterise threats
2. assess the vulnerability of critical assets to specific threats
3. determine the risk (i.e. the expected likelihood and consequences of specific types of attacks on specific assets
4. identify ways to reduce those risks (mitigation)
5. prioritise risk reduction measures based on a strategy


Explain qualitative risk analysis?

The probability and impact of occurrence for each identified risk will be assessed by the project manager, with input from the project team using the following approach:
- High - >70% probability of occurrence
- Medium - 30%-70%
- Low -


What is the impact of high probability of occurence?

Risk has the potential to greatly impact project cost, schedule or performance.


What is the impact of medium probability of occurence?

Risk has the potential to slightly impact project cost, schedule or performance.


What is the impact of low probability of occurence?

Risk has relatively little impact on project cost, schedule or performance.


Explain the response for risks that fall within the red and yellow zones for qualitative risk analysis.

Response planning may include both a risk mitigation and a risk contingency plan


Explain the steps of qualitative risk analysis.

- risk events prioritised using the qualitative risk analysis process
- event affect on project activities estimated
- numerical rating applied to each risk based on analysis
- documented in the risk management plan


What are risk mitigation strategies/ handling options based on?

- the assessed combination of the probability of occurence
- severity of the consequence for an identified risk


How is the expected cost of risk calculated?

expected cost of risk =
sum of ( probability of risk event x cost of occurence of all risks)


What are some risk mitigation handling options?

- Assume/Accept
- Avoid
- Control
- Transfer
- Accept


Explain the Assume/Accept risk mitigation handling option.

Acknowledge the existence of a particular risk, and make a deliberate decision to accept it without engaging in special efforts to control it. (Requires approval of project/program leaders)


Explain the risk mitigation handling option - avoid.

Adjust the program requirements or constraints to eliminate or reduce the risk.
The adjustment could be accommodated by a change in funding schedule, or technical requirements.


Explain the risk mitigation handling option - control .

Implement actions to minimise the impact or likelihood of the risk.


Explain the risk mitigation handling option - transfer .

Reassign organisational accountability, responsibility, and authority to another stakeholder willing to accept the risk.


Explain the risk mitigation handling option - accept .

Monitior the environment for changes that affect the nature and/ or impact of the risk.