Risk Assessment & Environmental Systems

Contamination threatens both the environment and drinking water sources and is a big problem worldwide. To find solutions it is important to be able to assess risk and develop new methods for the sustainable usage of soil and water. To be able to understand the risks associated with drinking water production and distribution it is important to have a comprehensive understanding of the whole drinking water system and skills to design and in detail analyse the raw water source, a treatment plant and a distribution network. Risk-based decision analysis methods and risk-cost-benefit decision analysis are tools for evaluating and designing alternative actions to reduce risk to humans, ecosystems and technical systems. The area of risk assessment and soil remediation considers the use of risk-based decision analysis as a basis for remedial action design at contaminated sites and for protection of drinking water resources. Different remediation and protection techniques for reducing risks are studied.

An MSc in Environmental Eng. with specialist skills in Risk Assessment & Env. Systems can:  

  • Understand the scientific basis for estimating, evaluating and controlling risks in geo and water engineering projects
  • Perform event tree and fault tree risk analysis based on system descriptions of geo and water engineering systems
  • Evaluate risk controlling measures in geo and water engineering projects by using decision analysis methods, specifically cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multi-criteria analysis (MCA).
  • Analyse uncertainties in risk calculations and decision analysis outcomes, based on statistical inference methods and Monte Carlo simulation
  • Demonstrate in project assignments the strengths and limitations of CBA and MCA for supporting decisions on risk control
  • Apply software tools for decision analysis and risk control (Crystal Ball, Web-HIPRE, Precision tree)
  • Give clear presentations in a technical report, presented orally and in written form, of the findings of the evaluation of risk-reduction measures
  • Apply risk assessment principles to manage contaminated sites, soil and groundwater
  • Analyze and design an entire sustainable technical drinking water system - from source to tap, including drinking water treatment plants and the distribution system
  • Explain the connection of raw water quality, treatment requirements and distribution network to drinking water quality and consumer's health
  • Identify and categorize risks and hazards in drinking water systems to consumer health
  • Analyse drinking water network layout using computer models

Two options are available for this study track, depending on where you begin your degree:

Start at Chalmers, thesis at DTU

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer School

Semester 3

Semester 4

Chalmers

Chalmers

 

DTU

DTU

BOM150 Water Resources & Environment 
(7.5 ECTS) 

BOM125 Risk Assessment and Decision Support in Engineering
(7.5 ECTS)

 

12226 Air Pollution and Environmental Effects
(5 ECTS) OR

12140 Integrated Urban Water Quality Management (5 ECTS) 

Thesis

VGE022 Engineering Geology (7.5 ECTS)

BOM060 Environmental Risk Assessment in Engineering (7.5 ECTS)*

 

12233 Water Pollution
(10 ECTS)

BOM035 Modelling and Problem Solving in Civil Engineering (7.5 ECTS)

VVT105 Geographic Information Systems
(7.5 ECTS)**

 

Elective
(10 ECTS)

BOM075 Drinking Water Engineering (7.5 ECTS) 

BOM095 Wastewater Engineering (7.5 ECTS)**

 

Elective (5 ECTS)***

*Given by another master’s programme: Technology, Society and the Environment (MPTSE).

**Elective courses, other courses from the master’s programme Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering or from other master’s programmes at Chalmers can be chosen (30 ECTS).

***Students must take an additional 5 ECTS either during January/June periods (3 week courses) or during the spring semester shown above. 

Start at DTU, thesis at Chalmers

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer School

Semester 3

Semester 4

DTU

DTU

 

Chalmers

Chalmers

12104 Modelling of Environmental Processes and Technologies 
(10 ECTS)

42378 Health, environmental and life cycle impacts in different assessment frameworks (5 ECTS)

 

Thesis (begins here)*

Thesis & Courses*

BOM125 Risk Assessment and Decision Support in Engineering
(7.5 ECTS)* –

quarter 3 

BOM060 Environmental Risk Assessment in Engineering
(7.5 ECTS)** –

quarter 3 

 

12240 Environmental Management and Ethics
(5 ECTS) OR

42631 Environmental Economics (5 ECTS)

12330 Contaminated Sites
(10 ECTS)

 

 

12233 Water Pollution
(10 ECTS) OR   

12140 Integrated Urban Water Quality Management (5 ECTS) +

12226 Air Pollution and Environmental Effects
(5 ECTS)

12237 Chemicals in the Environment (10 ECTS)

 

BOM165 Urban Metabolism
(7.5 ECTS) quarter 2

Elective
(5 ECTS)***

12600 Nanotechnology and the Environment
(5 ECTS) – June 3 week course

 

BOM075 Drinking Water Engineering
(7.5 ECTS) quarter 2

 

 

 

VTM051 Environmental Analysis of Water 
(7.5 ECTS) 

quarter 1 (partly dealing with contaminated sites)

*As some of the courses for the Risk Assessment degree run only during quarter 3 (first half of the spring semester), it is suggested that the students start with the master’s thesis project directly at the start of the autumn semester (quarter 1; semester 3) and mix thesis work with courses thereafter.

**Given by another master’s programme: Technology, Society and the Environment (MPTSE).

***Students must take an additional 5 ECTS either during January/June periods (3 week courses) or during the spring semester shown above.

 

http://www.enviro5tech.org/Master-Programme/Study-Tracks/Risk-Assesment
18 DECEMBER 2017