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  • Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Training Versed Professional Services Limited

    Date: 09 - 13 Jan 2017
    Country: Kenya
    City/State: Nairobi

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Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment Training

MAIN HOST(S): Versed Professional Services Limited (VPSL)

Type: Training Course Date: 09 - 13 Jan 2017 Location: Kenya (Nairobi)

This course deals with the procedures to collect, analyze and evaluate spatial information for risk assessment from natural and human-induced hazards (such as geological hazard, hydro-meteorological hazards, environmental hazards and technological hazards). The course will guide you through the entire process of risk assessment, on the basis of a case study of a city exposed to multiple hazards, in a developing country (Risk City).  


8 Days

Course Objectives

  • Understand the concepts of hazard assessment, elements at risk mapping, vulnerability assessment, and risk assessment;
  • Formulate the spatial data requirements for risk assessment; 
  • Generate an "elements at risk" database using GIS;
  • Formulate the requirements of hazard data and methods;
  • Apply various methods for vulnerability assessment;
  • Generate risk maps using qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Have insight in how a risk assessment could be carried out in your own situation; 

Course Content

The course is composed of a number of Modules. Below is a summary of the Modules and detailed content.

Module 1: Introduction to risk assessment

  • Theory: Introduction to disaster risk management and risk assessment. 
  • Exercise:  Generation of a hazard profile using disaster databases; Introduction to ILWIS, and introduction to the RiskCity dataset. Learn the various hazard problems by evaluating high-resolution images 

Module 2: Obtaining spatial data for risk assessment

  • Theory: Presentation of data requirements for the various types of hazards. Sources of spatial data.
  • Exercises: Defining spatial data requirements for risk assessment; Internet search for information on risk assessment; acquiring free and low-cost data; generating three-dimensional image data using Google Earth; stereo image interpretation

Module 3: Hazard assessment

  • Theory: Hazard types; Main concepts of hazard assessment; Frequency magnitude – relationships
  • Exercises: Frequency assessment; Selection of hazard assessment example (flooding, landslides, earthquakes, technological hazards, volcanic hazards etc)

Module 4: Elements of risk assessment

  • Theory: Types of elements at risk; classification of buildings, infrastructure, lifelines, critical facilities; population information; collection of elements at risk information.
  • Exercise: Generating a risk database from scratch; Generating a risk database using available data (building footprint map, census data and LiDAR) 

Module 5: Vulnerability assessment

  • Theory:Types of vulnerability; social vulnerability; physical vulnerability; methods for vulnerability assessment; participatory GIS; Spatial Multi-Criteria Evaluation
  • Exercises: Defining vulnerability curves; Spatial Multi-criteria evaluation for vulnerability assessment

Module 6: Risk assessment

  • Theory: Loss estimation models; HAZUS; qualitative risk assessment; QRA; basics of flood risk, seismic risk, landslide and technological risk assessment;
  • Exercises: Creating risk curves; Selection of risk assessment method: flooding, earthquakes, landslides, technological.

Module 7: Risk management

  • Theory: Risk evaluation; risk governance; risk communication; cost-benefit analysis; Using risk information for emergency planning; spatial planning, and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Exercises: Multi-hazard risk assessment for buildings; assessing economic losses; Cost benefit analysis

Module 8: Final project and examination

  • Discussion: How to do such a study in your area?
  • Final project: Selection of project topic related to risk assessment and its use in risk management

Training Fee


The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, Two short break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

Other Information

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location.

Participants should be reasonably proficient in English.  

For further inquiries, please contact us by email or telephone, details below: 

Tel: +254 (0) 739167709.

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