Risk is a universal phenomenon that affects all people in all activities that they may undertake. This course introduces a structured approach for the identification, planning, treatment and management of risk in an engineering context.

All engineering activities, as well as project management, are fraught with risk as a result of the very nature of the tasks at hand. Understanding the sources, nature and management of risk is essential for the engineering practitioner.

The course presents a systems-oriented approach to risk, structured according to the internationally accepted Risk Management Standard, ISO 31000. Issues will be highlighted that will assist in the preparation and maintenance of risk registers so that they support sound risk management, rather than mechanistic compliance.

Key learning outcomes

By participating in this course, attendees will gain:

  • Insight into risk drivers in the engineering project environment
  • An awareness and understanding of a structured risk management process and its elements, as well as the Bow Tie method of risk assessment
  • An understanding of effective risk decision criteria
  • An awareness and understanding of risk treatment options
  • Gain awareness of contractual issues such as substitutions and responsibility for performance
  • An insight into proper risk management planning and risk management documentation
  • The opportunity to critically evaluate risk management plans from their own work environment against best practice norms

Intended audience

  • Council engineers
  • Development engineers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Contractors
  • Procurement officials in client organisations, whether public or private sector

Course customisation

  • Your business’ special conditions
  • learning outcomes focussed on your business values


Piet Beukman retired in 2019 as the Director of the Engineering Management Programme at the University of Canterbury and is now self-employed as a coach, mentor, consultant and educator. An accomplished ‘pracademic’, he has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace, military, marine engineering, venture capital, commercialisation and consulting industries to offer. He also managed complex engineering projects.

Course delivery options



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