UN 0701 – Engineering Risk and Reliability

2020 Course  – 

   May 9 & 10, 2020
   June 6 & 7, 2020
   June 20 & 21, 2020
   July 18 & 19, 2020
 Start Time:    9:00 a.m.
  To be delivered 100% online via WebEx   
   Mahesh Pandey  University of Waterloo
  • Final date to Register – May 8, 2020
  • Last day to Drop Course – May 8, 2020

2020 Course Information –

The first session for Spring 2020 will be held on May 9 & 10 (Sat/Sun) via WebEx. The start time for the first day is 9:00 am.

Please review the accompanying tutorial if you are not familiar with MS-Excel.

For the most up-to-date Course Material and Information go to http://www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/watrisk/un0701.html


Recordings – https://mcmaster.webex.com/

Course Description

This course presents a broad treatment of the subject of engineering decision, risk, and reliability. Emphasis is on

  1. the modelling of engineering problems and evaluation of systems performance under conditions of uncertainty;
  2. risk-based approach to life-cycle management of engineering systems;
  3. systematic development of design criteria, explicitly taking into account the significance of uncertainty; and
  4. logical framework for risk assessment and risk-benefit tradeoffs in decision making.

The necessary mathematical concepts are developed in the context of engineering problems. The main topics of discussion are: probability theory, statistical data analysis, component and system reliability concepts, time-dependent reliability analysis, computational methods, life-cycle optimization models and risk management in public policy.

Prerequisite: Registration in the UNENE Joint M. Eng.Program
Lecturer: Dr. Mahesh Pandey, University of Waterloo

Course Schedule

UN 701 Course Outline 2020

Course Notes

The reference material for the course consists of extensive lecture notes. Please note that the lecture notes are password protected. You will need to register in the course and contact the course assistant to receive the passwords.  Also, please contact us if you have any problem accessing/downloading the notes.
Module 1 – May 9 & 10, 2020
May 9, 2020
May 10, 2020

Module 2 – June 6 & 7, 2020

Module 3 – June 20 & 21, 2020

Module 4 – July 18 & 19, 2020


MS-Excel Tutorial
For those students who are unfamiliar with Microsoft Excel, please review the following tutorial prior to the first session.
Please contact the UNENE graduate administrator if you have any questions or experience any problems.

Additional Information

Please download the following Excel data files to your laptop, memory stick, etc. to be used in the in-class exercises.

data1.xls (69 Kb)
data2.xls (112 Kb)
data3.xls (36 Kb)


The main reference for the course will be the lecture notes. Additional references for the course are as follows:

  • Any Probability and Statistics textbook used in an engineering program (typically at second year level).
  • Ang, A.H-S. and W.H. Tang. 2006. Probability Concepts in Engineering: Emphasis on Applications to Civil and Environmental Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Benjamin, J.R. and C.A. Cornell. 1970. Probability, Statistics, and Decision for Civil Engineers. McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Fullwood, R.R. and R.E. Hall. 1988. Probabilistic Risk Assessment in the Nuclear Power Industry: Fundamentals & Applications. Pergamon Press, Oxford.
  • McCormick, N.J. 1981. Reliability and Risk Analysis: Methods and Nuclear Power Applications. Academic Press, New York.
  • Melchers, R.E. 1999. Structural Reliability Analysis and Prediction (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.