oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Risk in transportation engineering : a different concept
When discussing risk in engineering there is, by implication, a chance of failure. If there was no chance of failure, there would be no risk involved. Failure can take place in a physical sense and in a civil engineering context this is normally spectacular or cataclismic. Alternatively, failure can be the non-achievement of the original objectives or the desired end state. The risk associated with transportation engineering falls into the latter category and failure can result in substantial ongoing, indirect costs to the community, out of all proportion to the original transportation engineering deliberations.
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