Security is a topic with increasing importance for the infrastructure of a country. The protection of these infrastructures against different threats (such as natural hazards, criminal attacks and terrorism, normal accidents, force majeure) causes additional costs. It is necessary to evaluate the cost of protection measures and the potential costs in case of risk occurrence taking into account the risk occurrence probability. This evaluation enables to find the optimal mixture of risk acceptance and costs for risk reduction.
The project 3S-VKI developed a method to describe and assess relevant threads for infrastructures. This enables a comparison of these threads with the costs for protection. This method includes guidelines to estimate all potential costs for the business sector and the (national) economy in case of risk occurrence taking into account the risk occurrence probability. The comparison of the probability weighted costs of risk occurrence can then be compared with the costs for risk protection measures (and their potential to reduce the probability of risk occurrence).
The developed method has finally been tested with an existing threat for the railway link from Salzburg to Villach – the “Feuersang” avalanche in the Gasteinertal near the Tauern railway tunnel in the central Alps of Austria. By applying the developed method for this existing risk it was possible to suggest adequate protection measures (and estimate the corresponding costs) for this specific part of Austrian infrastructure with respect to the existing risk.
Mag. (FH) Andreas Fohringer (L.O.B)
bachler & partners crisis and security consulting GmbH - Mag. Michael Madreiter
Herry Consult GmbH - DI Norbert Sedlacek
L.O.B Logistik- und Organisationsberatung GmbH - Mag. (FH) Andreas Fohringer
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bachler & partners crisis and security consulting GmbH
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