DATASET

RAPID-N - Rapid Natech risk analysis and mapping tool

Collection: RAPID-N : RAPID-N - Rapid Natech Risk Assessment System 

Description

The online risk assessment tool RAPID-N aims to support industry and local and regional authorities in the assessment and visualisation of industrial accident risks due to natural hazards (known as "Natech risks"). RAPID-N allows the quick analysis of natural hazard impacts on industrial installations and critical infrastructure that process, store or transport hazardous materials, at local (single asset) or regional (multiple assets) level with a minimum of input data. The consequences of damage induced by natural hazard impact are modelled and quantitative estimates of consequence severity and likelihood are provided. Technical assistance and training on using RAPID-N and on Natech risk management can also be provided.

Contact

Email
Elisabeth.KRAUSMANN (at) ec.europa.eu

Contributors

How to cite

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2012): RAPID-N - Rapid Natech risk analysis and mapping tool. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID: http://data.europa.eu/89h/9179ee1d-2079-455d-9104-f57378454839

Keywords

Damage assessment Early warning Industrial risk Land use planning Natural hazard Risk analysis Risk mapping Emergency management Risk assessment Natech

Data access

RAPID-N Rapid Natech risk analysis and mapping tool
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  • The online risk assessment tool RAPID-N aims to support industry and local and regional authorities in the assessment and visualisation of industrial accident risks due to natural hazards (known as "Natech risks"). RAPID-N allows the quick analysis of natural hazard impacts on industrial installations and critical infrastructure that process, store or transport hazardous materials, at local (single asset) or regional (multiple assets) level with a minimum of input data. The consequences of damage induced by natural hazard impact are modelled and quantitative estimates of consequence severity and likelihood are provided. Technical assistance and training on using RAPID-N and on Natech risk management can also be provided.

Publications

Publication
Introduction to RAPID-N for Natech Risk Analysis and Mapping: A Beginner's Guide
Girgin, S. and Necci, A., Introduction to RAPID-N for Natech Risk Analysis and Mapping: A Beginner`s Guide, EUR 29511 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-98277-4 (online), doi:10.2760/78743 (online), JRC114363.
  • Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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  • Abstract

    The impact of natural hazards on industrial facilities, pipelines, offshore platforms and other infrastructure that handles, stores or transports hazardous substances can cause secondary events such as fires, explosions, and toxic or radioactive releases. These so-called Natech accidents have often had significant human, environmental and economic impacts. Successfully controlling Natech risk is usually a major challenge, which requires targeted prevention, preparedness and response measures. Systematic analysis and assessment of the Natech risk a prerequisite for this purpose. Developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in response to requests by governments for efficient and easy-to-use Natech risk assessment tools, the Rapid Natech Risk Analysis and Mapping System (RAPID-N) is an on-line software for the quick analysis and mapping of Natech accident risk both at local and regional levels. The system unites natural-hazard impact assessment, Natech scenario development, and chemical accident consequence analysis capabilities under a single roof, which features a modular, extensible, and collaborative architecture facilitating data entry, analysis and visualisation. Since it became operational in 2012, the user base of RAPID-N has been growing progressively, including more and more users from public authorities, research organisations, academia, and the private sector. According to feedback from the users, the system has been further developed in time to feature additional capabilities, such as a better and mobile-friendly user interface, a more advanced analysis framework, and extended support for various natural hazards and industrial activities. Besides a comprehensive User's Manual, the JRC has also provided case-studies and hands-on training to support the users. As part of these support activities, this beginner's guide aims to deliver a comprehensive, yet easy-to-follow introduction to Natech risk analysis and mapping by using RAPID-N. The guide is composed of three main sections. In the first section, information about the primary record types of the system, such as natural hazards, industrial plants, and risk assessments, are explained. Data entry options and also minimum data requirements are described for each record type separately by giving examples. In the second part, the data estimation and analysis framework of RAPID-N is explained in detail. The steps of the Natech risk analysis methodology are indicated and information on customization possibilities of the analysis models by using user-defined properties and property estimators are provided, including the basics of the programming language that can be used by the users to develop custom estimators. In the last section, step-by-step risk analysis tutorials are provided for various case studies ranging from a simple single plant/single plant unit scenario to a multiple plant/multiple plant unit scenario. In addition to information on data entry and the analysis steps that should be followed for each scenario, short discussions on the risk analysis results are also provided to assist the users in the interpretation of the risk analysis reports and maps. The information and tutorials provided in this guide will facilitate the use of RAPID-N by a wide range of users world-wide and lessen the time necessary to perform Natech risk analysis at local and regional levels. The guide also provides updated information with respect to the user manual by describing features and capabilities added or updated since the publication of the manual.

Publication
RAPID-N: Rapid Natech Risk Assessment and Mapping Framework
Girgin S, Krausmann E. RAPID-N: Rapid Natech Risk Assessment and Mapping Framework. JOURNAL OF LOSS PREVENTION IN THE PROCESS INDUSTRIES 26 (6); 2013. p. 949-960. JRC77550
  • ELSEVIER SCI LTD, OXFORD, ENGLAND
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  • Abstract

    Natech accidents at industrial plants are an emerging risk with possibly serious consequences. For the mitigation of natech risk, authorities need to identify natech prone areas in a systematic manner. In order to facilitate probabilistic natech risk mapping, a unified methodology was developed that is based on the estimation of on-site natural hazard parameters, determination of damage probabilities of plant units, and assessment of probability and severity of possibly triggered natech events. The methodology was implemented as an on-line, extensible risk assessment and mapping software framework called RAPID-N, which allows rapid local and regional natech risk assessment and mapping with minimal data input. RAPID-N features an innovative data estimation framework to complete missing input data, such as on-site natural hazard parameters and plant unit characteristics. The framework is also used for damage assessment and natech consequence analysis, and allows easy modification of input parameters, dynamic generation of consequence models according to data availability, and extension of models by adding new equations or substituting existing ones with alternatives. Results are presented as summary reports and interactive risk maps, which can be used for land-use and emergency planning purposes by using scenario hazards, or for rapid natech consequence assessment following actual disasters. As proof of concept, the framework provides a custom implementation of the U.S. EPA’s RMP Guidance for Offsite Consequence Analysis methodology to perform natech consequence analysis and includes comprehensive data for earthquakes. It is readily extendible to other natural hazards and more comprehensive risk assessment methods.

Geographic areas

World

Additional information

Published by
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Created date
2019-11-18
Modified date
2019-11-21
Issued date
2012-11-01
Landing page
https://rapidn.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ 
Language(s)
English
Data theme(s)
Energy, Environment, Government and public sector, Regions and cities, Population and society
Update frequency
irregular
Identifier
http://data.europa.eu/89h/9179ee1d-2079-455d-9104-f57378454839
Popularity