Workshop on

Selected Problems in Environmental Risk Management
and Emerging Threats

3-5 June 2009
Gdansk University of Technology
Gdansk, Poland

Organised by Department of Software Engineering

Polish-Norwegian Research Fund project
Activity 2 (Workshops and Seminars)
Project no. PNRF - 290 - A II - 2/08

OPI norway grants

Supported by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism

Workshop contributors:

  • Gdansk University of Technology
  • IFE Halden
  • DNV Polska
  • Instytut Elektrotechniki
  • Joint Research Centre
  • Regionalny Zarzad Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdansku
  • Governmental Centre for Security
  • Halden Reactor Project
  • Urzad Marszalkowski Wojewodztwa Pomorskiego
  • Energa Operator
Gdansk University of Technology SINTEF IFE Halden
DNV Instytut Elektrotechniki JRC
Regionalny Zarzad Gospodarki Wodnej Governmental Centre for Security Halden Reactor Project
Urzad Marszalkowski Wojewodztwa Pomorskiego Energa Operator  

About the Workshop

Environmental risks can involve complex scenarios with contribution of multiple natural, organizational, technological, sociologic and psychological factors. In case of an environmental disaster the reaction would involve multiple services delivered by diverse stakeholders in long time intervals and with considerable consumption of resources.

Analyzing and assessing risks is not sufficient for effective environmental risks management. The results of the analyses have to be communicated to decision makers in a concise and intuitive way to provide for proper and timely decisions.

A case study considered during the Workshop was related to Vistula Plains (Zulawy Wislane) - the region at the mouth of the Vistula river which is a depression particularly vulnerable to flooding. Elements of three critical infrastructures present in the region were considered: water management, energy distribution, and gas and oil distribution.


To gather different stakeholders (risk and security researchers, infrastructure owners/operators, environment protection experts, administration representatives) to exchange knowledge and experiences related to environmental risks management and the potential threats generating them, and to work towards development of common understanding of the problem and identification of possible further co-operation with complementary contribution from different partners.


The Workshop covered the following:

  • Day 1: Identification of the Vistula Plains Case Study with a particular focus on the risk of serious (irreversible) soil pollution resulting from the scenario which involves flooding, energy supply failure, and leaking of oil and/or gasoline. Identification of the needs related to effective modeling and analysis of such risk. (Day 1)
  • Day 2: Review of selected methods and tools supporting risks management and demonstrations of how can they be applied (with the focus on the Case Study)
  • Day 3: Reflection on how the presented methods/tools meet the needs, identification of gaps to be felt and identification of possible areas of cooperation

The Workshop was implemented by presentations followed by questions and answers sessions, tools demonstrations and brainstorming and discussion sessions.


The results of the Workshop: presentations, discussion reports, tools leaflets etc. are published through the Workshop website.

Executive Summary:

Case Study

Introduction to the Case Study considered during the Workshop can be found here.

Final Programme

Wednesday 3rd June 2009
9:00-9:15 Opening of the Workshop (Janusz Gorski - Program Chair, Aleksander Jarzebowicz - Organization Chair)
Welcome by Krzysztof Goczyla, Dean of ETI Faculty of GUT
9:15-10:00 Introduction of participants (each institution will have 5 min)
  • Gdansk University of Technology
  • SINTEF, Norway
  • Institute for Energy Technology - IFE Norway
  • Regionalny Zarzad Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdansku
  • Instytut Elektrotechniki, Gdansk
  • Governmental Centre for Security
  • DNV Poland
  • Urzad Marszalkowski
  • EC Joint Research Centre - JRC
10:00-11:00 Session 1: Zulawy Case Study (presentations and questions&answers)
Chair: J. Gorski
  Introduction to Zulawy Case Study - Jakub Miler (Gdansk University of Technology)
Flood risk management - Marcin Jacewicz (Regionalny Zarzad Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdansku)
Project for Zulawy Flood Protection - Piotr Kowalski (Regionalny Zarzad Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdansku)
11:00-11:15 coffee
11:15-12:15 Session 2: Zulawy Case Study - continued (presentations and questions&answers)
Chair: T. Gasinski
  Drainage system monitoring in Zulawy - Eugeniusz Lowiec (Instytut Elektrotechniki, Gdansk)
Critical Infrastructures Multi-State Fault Tree Analysis Model - Carmelo Di Mauro (EC Joint Research Centre - JRC)
Electricity supply and safety-related processes in industry - some suggestions - Zdzislaw Zurakowski (private contractor, vice Chair of Education Subgroup of European Workshop on Industrial Computer Systems - EWICS)
12:15-13:00 lunch
13:00-14:30 Session 3: Coping with Risks (presentations and questions&answers)
Chair: J. Miler
  Sustainability Risks within Enterprise Risk Management Context - Tomasz Gasinski (DNV Poland)
The need for requirements traceability - Rune Fredriksen (Institute for Energy Technology - IFE Norway)
Critical Infrastructure Protection in Poland - Maciej Pyznar (Governmental Centre for Security)
European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection, the need for experimental security in support of policy making in Europe - Malin Fylkner (ERN-CIP Task Force, European Commission)
14:30-14:45 coffee
14:45-16:30 Session 4: Zulawy Case Study - Risks and Emerging Threats (brainstorming)
Moderator: J. Miler
18:30-21:00 Summary of Day 1
Thursday 4th June 2009
9:00-10:20 Session 5: Methods and Tools I (presentations and questions&answers)
Chair: O. Nordland
  Trust-IT - a framework for trust management - Janusz Gorski (Gdansk University of Technology)
RiskGuide - a methodology for risk identification and assessment - Jakub Miler (Gdansk University of Technology)
A generic framework to measure compliance to standard - Bjorn-Axel Gran (Institute for Energy Technology - IFE Norway)
Incident response within critical infrastructures setting - Martin Gilje Jaatun (SINTEF, Norway)
10:20-10:35 coffee
10:35-12:00 Session 6: Methods and Tools II (parallel demonstrations and questions&answers)
Chair: J. Gorski
  RiskGuide demonstration - Jakub Miler (Gdansk University of Technology)
TCT - Trust Case Toolbox demonstration - Aleksander Jarzebowicz, Grzegorz Golaszewski (Gdansk University of Technology)
TRACE - Traceability of Requirements for Analysable Computerised Environments
- Vikash Katta (Halden Reactor Project, Norway)
12:00-13:00 lunch
13:00-14:00 Session 7: Methods and Tools III (presentations and questions&answers)
Chair: B.-A. Gran
  Relationship between Safety and Security in Software based Systems - Odd Nordland (SINTEF, Norway)
Assessment framework for malicious threats related to ICT components of industrial installations - Igor Nai Fovino (EC Joint Research Centre - JRC)
On the interoperability of software tools for risk analysis - Sergio Contini (EC Joint Research Centre - JRC)
14:00-14:15 coffee
14:15-16:00 Session 8: Methods and Tools IV (parallel demonstrations and questions&answers)
Chair: C. di Mauro
  INSAW - INdustrial Security Assessment Workbench demonstration - Igor Nai Fovino (EC Joint Research Centre - JRC)
Demonstration of a prototype supporting interoperability of software tools for risk analysis - Sergio Contini (EC Joint Research Centre - JRC)
16:00-16:15 coffee
16:15-17:30 Session 9: Assessment of methods and tools against the Zulawy Case Study (brainstorming)
Moderator: J. Gorski
19:00-21:00 Summary of Day 2
Friday 5th June 2009
9:00- 10:30 Session 10: Discussion - Summary of the Results
Chair: J. Gorski
10:30-10:45 coffee
10:45-13:00 Session 11: What to do next - brainstorming
  Ideas of possible common projects
Wrapping up and Closing the Workshop
13:00-14:00 lunch

Travel & Venue

The venue of the meeting is the building of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics located in the campus of the Gdansk University of Technology.

Traveling to Gdansk by plane

Gdansk is easily accessible by plane. Its airport is directly connected to major hubs including London, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich and Warsaw. To plan your trip please refer to the website of Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport. You can use the English version of the website to check the flights schedule and to buy a ticket.

How to get out of the Gdansk Airport

The easiest way to get to the city from the airport is by a taxi. The fare for a ride from the Airport to the neighbourhood of Gdansk University of Technology campus or to the city centre should be about 40 PLN (approx. 11 Euros). After 10 PM (22:00) you should expect to pay twice the amount. Only one taxi company (City Plus Taxi) has an official contract for handling passengers travelling from the airport, you can distinguish their taxis by the designation 19686 clearly put on top of the car. By using their services you keep the risk of being cheated to a minimum.

The map giving rough locations of the Airport, GUT campus and city centre is available below.

Reaching the Gdansk University of Technology campus

The GUT campus can be reached by a taxi, a tram or a city train.

A taxi will take you directly to the destination if you give the driver a proper address: Narutowicza 11/12 or mention GUT ("Politechnika" in Polish). Please specify the building you want to reach ("Wydzial Elektroniki" in Polish). You should receive the receipt from the driver, demand it if you don't!

To reach GUT you can also take a tram. If that is your choice, you should take the line 6, 11 or 12 and get off at the stop "Miszewskiego". From that point the ETI Faculty New Building is just 10 minutes walk along the Grunwaldzka, Politechniczna and Fiszera streets - see the map below, the route is marked with blue arrow.

The tickets can be purchased at most of the newstands in Gdansk or from tram drivers. Passengers should punch their tickets immediately after boarding a tram. Two kinds of tickets can be used: single-ride ticket and defined time-period ticket. The price for a single-ride ticket is 2.50 PLN, is no longer valid after you exit a tram. The most suitable time-ticket is 60min ticket: 3 PLN. Trams usually go every 10 to 15 minutes. The map of all tram lines and stops can be found here.

A city train called SKM connects Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. The train stations "Politechnika" and "Wrzeszcz" are the nearest ones from GUT. The location of these 2 stations is indicated on the map below. Please note, that when traveling from city centre, it is more convenient to go by tram. However, if you select a hotel located in a greater distance from GUT, the city train may be useful.

Tickets should be purchased at the station of origin, the price depends on the distance to the destination station. Passengers should punch their tickets at the station, before boarding the train. SKM city trains go every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.

How to find the Faculty Building

If you select another route from tram stop or walk from the train station, the map of GUT campus may be useful (see image below, click to enlarge). The map also roughly shows the appearance of buildings. Please note the direction - the map shows the campus seen from the north-east side.


Active participants of the Workshop coming from outside of Tri-City have the opportunity to be provided with accommodation by Workshop organisers. Such arrangements should be made by the participant contacting organisers by e-mail and indicating the need for accommodation. This option is only available to active participants (contributing to the Workshop by giving lectures, presentations or tool demonstrations, involvement in panel etc.).

Participant who contacted organisers about accommodation and received confirmation, will have reservation for his/her name in Novotel Gdansk Centrum Hotel. The hotel is located in the area of the Gdansk Old Town.


Photos and map taken from Novotel Gdansk Hotel web page

To get from the hotel to the venue of the Workshop, city transport (trams) can be used. Please refer to the schema of tram lines.

The closest tram stops to the hotel are: Zabi Kruk, Okopowa, Brama Wyzynna, Dworzec Glowny, the destination stop is Miszewskiego. For more information about transport, tickets etc. please check "Travel & Venue" section of this website.


The Workshop Proceedings can be found here:

About Gdansk

Gdansk Gdansk is the Polish maritime capital with the population nearing half a million. Lying on the Bay of Gdansk and the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, together with Sopot and Gdynia Gdansk forms the Tri-City. Widely open to the world, Gdansk has always been a European city to the core. "Nec temere, nec timide", i.e. fearlessly but reasonably, is its motto one can read in Latin on the city's grand coat of arms.

A thousand years old Gdansk is one of the most unique tourism sites in Poland, even though almost entire Old City has been reconstructed after the World War II. Being in Gdansk, you should definitely not miss:
  • The Royal Route - Long Street and Long Market between the Golden Gate and the Green Gate, where almost every house, has its own, rich history. The most important sites of the Royal Route are the Hall of the Main City, the Artus Court, and the symbol of Gdansk - the Neptune Fountain.
  • St Mary's Church - The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the largest brick church in the world. Its tower of 77.6m is open to visitors.
  • St Mary's Street - Beyond any doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Gdansk, the street is one of historic Gdansk gems.
  • The Crane over the Motlawa River
  • Oliwa Cathedral and Park
  • Sopot and its unique longest wooden pier in Europe (with total length of 515m)

Gdansk cultivates its centuries-long tradition in the specific trade of amber processing, and its nickname of the world capital of amber is well earned. We encourage you to visit numerous exclusive galleries and tiny jewellery shops located in the beautiful houses of the Old Town offering amber products: exquisite jewellery, smart ornamental objects, stain-glass-type lamps featuring all colours of amber, and little souvenirs perfect for a gift or a reminder of your stay in the amber city of Gdansk.

It is Gdansk that witnessed the birth of the first Independent Trade Union, "Solidarity" led by Lech Walesa - the future winner of the Nobel peace prize and first President of the III Republic of Poland. The mass Solidarity strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard in 1980 and signing the famous August Agreement triggered the avalanche that toppled communism in Europe. These break-through events are documented in "Roads to Freedom" exhibition arranged in the historic BHP hall of the Gdansk Shipyard.

Gdansk is one of the most "green" cities in Poland. From the west it is surrounded by the picturesque Tri-City Landscape Park and the hills and lakes of the Kashubian Switzerland district. Gdansk offers many outdoor attractions such as the beautifully located zoological garden, the famous Oliwa Park with its ancient trees, the nature reserves of the Sobieszewo Island and 23 kilometres of clean beaches.

Information partially from Gdansk official site

More about Gdansk and Poland


For additional information please contact:

Aleksander Jarzebowicz

Department of Software Engineering
Gdansk University of Technology
11/12 Narutowicza St.
80-233 Gdansk, Poland

Tel.: +48 58 347 14 64
Fax: +48 58 347 27 27