Mark Czarny, Texas A&M University – Commerce

Content Analysis Approach: Infrastructure Construction Risk Identification using the Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina Disasters

Abstract: According to the office for coastal management, the estimated rehabilitation expenses were USD $161 billion and USD $125 billion from Hurricane Katrina in 2015 and Harvey in 2017, respectively [15]. The cost of infrastructure rehabilitation was one of the main contributors to the total estimated cost [8]. Risk factors associated with infrastructure can be identified using these two irreversible natural disasters, in order to prevent or minimize the damage of future calamities. This study provides risk factors derived from a qualitative conventional content analysis. Sixteen major articles on these two natural disasters were selected and code categories derived from the texts [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13], [14], [16], [17], [18], [19], [20]. Frequently emphasized risk factors must be prioritized and resilient response policies implemented before future disasters occur. The risk factors were categorized into two sections, internal risk (i.e., economic, industrial, and unique risks related to a project) and external risk (i.e., risks related to assets, businesses, finances, and capital), in order to provide a risk framework for future infrastructure. The most important result of this research is the determination of nine main risk factors. Among these nine factors, the most representative associated with infrastructure are the internal risk of improper drainage systems and the external risk of unfounded decision-making related to water management.

Presentation Author(s):
Mark Czarny*, Jaeheum Yeon, Ph.D, and Eddie Oh , Ph.D.

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