This website is a “knowledge bank” for the research group of Professor Terje Haukaas at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. As illustrated in the figure below, a variety of ideas and tools are emerging and evolving on this website. The vibrant nature of the research means that the website is continuously undergoing changes and improvements. Some of the ideas turn out well, while others require more work! As a result, some of the material is near completion, while other components are merely a skeleton of content that will be added in the future.
The notes and examples are primarily intended for use in the courses CIVL 332, CIVL 435, MECH 487, NAME 501, CIVL 518, and CIVL 539. It is important to understand that the lectures in those courses are a critical supplement to the material posted on this website. Without those lectures the notes will remain dry and the examples will not be accompanied by solutions. By the way, the notes and examples will remain available online for everyone to access but the material posted under each course is password-protected and available only to students registered in the respective courses.
“Models” serve a fundamental role in engineering and this website is the home to a growing library of probabilistic models. Aiming towards numerical simulation of the built environment, the models posted here address a variety of hazards, structures, and costs. Once the models are published and then posted on this website they can be downloaded and utilized individually, or they can be used with the InRisk computer programs. For example, the program Rt is tailored for multi-hazard multi-model analyses, and new developments are coming in the second version, called Rt-S. Please understand that these computer programs and all other material posted on this website are revised without notice and provided as-is without warranty of any kind.
Everyone is welcome to attend our weekly research seminars, which are advertised in the sidebar to the left. Each seminar usually includes a presentation followed by a group discussion. Finally, if you are curious about the name InRisk, it stems from a three-year NSERC-funded research project on Infrastructure Risk that started in 2006 under Strategic Project Grant No. STPGP 336498-06.