Victor van Swinderen
The storage and transport of hazardous materials imposes risks to the surrounding population and structures, both in the urban environment and at (petro-) chemical facilities. RISKCURVES can quantify these risks and easily identify the highest risk scenarios. It can be used for evaluation of high-risk activities, urban planning and to comply with regulatory and corporate criteria.
While Consequence Analysis calculates the physical effects of a single accident with a dangerous substance, a Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) takes multiple accident scenarios and many different pieces of equipment into account and quantifies the total risk they pose to human life and vital assets.
Calculated risks are expressed in terms of individual, societal and consequence risk. The latter allows the definition of any type of risk to both human health and structures.
RISKCURVES will present calculation results in a range of ways, including individual risk contours, FN curves and risk ranking reports. You can use ‘analysis points’ to analyse the risk contribution of scenarios in specific locations.
One of RISKCURVES’ unique functionalities is the ‘societal risk map’: a geographical representation of societal risk. This provides insight at a glance, even for non-specialists. They add the possibility to locate the area(s) that cause societal risk parameters to be exceeded, and to identify the areas that contribute most to risk.
Although it was designed to fully integrate with EFFECTS Consequence Analysis software, RISKCURVES supports an open, flexible QRA environment that allows you to input consequence results calculated by other software. Use RISKCURVES’ database of more than 2200 chemical components based on the latest DIPPR® data, or define customised chemicals and compounds specific to your organisation.
Even if you only use RISKCURVES occasionally, you’ll find it easy to input and analyse data to create QRA assessments. Upload your own maps and aerial photography, or access links to online satellite imagery. The software is fully compatible with standard office programs and GIS software, so you can easily create professional reports and presentations.
As an independent research organisation, TNO applies transparent and traceable methods for risk analysis. RISKCURVES is based on the principles and standards presented in the Coloured Books.
Want to try RISKCURVES? Download a free version to view a demo project. To calculate, save projects, and access the chemical database, flexible licensing is available.