Challenges of Railway Safety Risk Assessment and Maintenance Decision Making

Min An, Yong Qin

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Railway safety is a very complicated subject, which is determined by numerous aspects. Many of qualitative and quantitative railway safety and risk analysis techniques and methods are used in the industry. But, however, the railway industry faces problems and challenges on how to apply these techniques and methods effectively and efficiently, particularly in the circumstances where the risk
data are incomplete or there is a high level of uncertainty involved in the risk data. This chapter approaches these subjects to discuss the problems and challenges of railway safety and risk analysis methods in dealing with uncertainties, and those growing needs of the industry. A well‐established
technique is also introduced in this chapter which can be used to identify major hazards and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative risk data, and information associated with railway operation efficiently and effectively in an acceptable way in various environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Emerging Innovations in Rail Transportation Engineering
EditorsUmesh Rai
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781522500858
ISBN (Print)9781522500841
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Civil and Industrial Engineering
ISSN (Print)2326-6139


  • Min An
  • Uniiversity of Birmingham
  • Yong Qin
  • Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Railway safety
  • Risk
  • Assessment
  • Uncertainty


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