Methodology and Capabilities

Our approach to transportation risk assessment.

At BakerRisk, we combine our experience from incident investigations with risk analysis results using our proprietary SafeSite3G© and QRATool© software to identify potential solutions, reduce risk exposures, and evaluate all possible benefits. Regardless of the transportation methods in question, our detailed results allow our professionals to go beyond simply quantifying the risk exposures and identify practical, feasible, and actionable risk mitigation measures.

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Transportation Infrastructure Studies

  • Transportation risk analysis of hydrofluoric acid (HF) shipments via rail and road for a supplier of HF
  • Assessment of crude by rail transportation risks, with an emphasis on how crude oil differed from other flammable liquids
  • Risk assessment of a commuter rail line extension near potential explosion hazards
  • Quantitative Risk Assessments (QRA) evaluating transportation for hazardous material by rail, truck, and marine modes of transportation including the evaluation of route options
  • Risk analysis of the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by truck
  • Train derailment impact analysis
  • Blast analyses for highway bridges subject to both intentional and accidental blast loadings
  • Blast effects analyses for airports
  • Design of blast-resistant upgrades for multiple commercial airports
  • Analysis of both rail (containers, tank cars, and passenger cars) and roadway vehicles (autos, trucks, and tankers) for vulnerability to explosion damage
  • Layers of Protection Analyses (LOPA) and failure modes and effects analyses of chemical transfer operations and equipment
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Maritime Transportation Studies

  • Blast analysis for ships and barges used in support of offshore drilling operations
  • Financial risk analysis of transportation of global shipping operations
  • Perform facility security assessments (FSA) and develop facility safety plans (FSP) per 33 CFR Part 105
  • Perform detailed assessments for follow-on waterway suitability assessments (WSAs) per 33 CFR Part 127.007, as required, including:
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Pipeline Studies

  • High consequence area (HCA) studies per 49 CFR Part 192 modeling consequence (dispersion to LFL, toxic concentration, and/or spill extents) boundaries from potential releases along pipeline route accounting for the effects of topography to identify pipeline segments with potential to impact sensitive areas
  • Emergency flow restricting device evaluation (EFRD) per 49 CFR Part 195.452 to evaluate the effectiveness of installing emergency flow restriction devices to reduce spill volume in the event of a pipeline leak
  • Pipeline consequence assessments evaluating vulnerabilities and displaying composite contours from explosion, fire, and toxic hazards
  • Pipeline risk assessments summarizing results in a range of meaningful measures, including pipeline segment societal risk, geographic individual risk contours, and risk transects
  • Pipeline security assessments including criticality analyses and security and vulnerability assessments (SVAs) for TSA Pipeline Security Guidelines
  • Cathodic protection (CP) assessments of piping and tanks
  • Mechanical integrity reviews of inspection programs for pipelines
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Post-Incident Investigations

  • BakerRisk has investigated numerous gas and oil pipeline failures, including damage to surrounding properties
  • BakerRisk has investigated oil barge explosions and other incidents at terminals
  • BakerRisk has provided material testing services for transportation piping and equipment
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Risk Reduction Evaluation and Support

  • Analysis and mitigation of route options to select lowest risk routes for transportation of hazardous materials
  • Comparison of relative risk between transportation modes to identify and select optimal modes of transportation
  • Comparison of process unit technologies, taking transport risk into account as a major factor
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for critical safeguards during transfer operation
  • Evaluation of pipeline mitigation options including alternate routes, depth of cover, design material/coatings, etc.

Our Specialists

Meet our transportation risk assessment experts.