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Special Issue "Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering and Reliability of Condition Assessment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 213

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University, 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3602, Miami, FL 33174, USA
Interests: bridge engineering; non-destructive evaluation of bridges; structural health monitoring; vibration analysis and mitigation; structural performance evaluation; field and laboratory testing; bridge rehabilitation and corrosion mitigation; analysis and modeling of masonry and R/C frames; fiber-reinforced polymer applications
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University, 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3660, Miami, FL 33174, USA
Interests: sustainable engineering and resilient infrastructure; asset management; infrastructure management; knowledge management; engineering decision-making; risk assessment; smart cities; pavement management; pavement design and condition evaluation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Civil infrastructure supports services that are critical for communities. With the increasing global population, changes in the climate and the scarcity of resources, sustainable infrastructure engineering is more important than ever. Additionally, infrastructure is the backbone of sustainable development with regard to fostering economic and social growth towards livable, healthy communities. Climate change and natural and manmade hazards have also resulted in a new focus on infrastructure resiliency, which is the capacity of a system to recover from damage caused by extreme climate change events and other disruptions. Bridges and roads represent forms of surface transportation, although transportation is only one of the major infrastructure groups. A broader perspective is needed in order to pursue sustainable development, and the adaptation of sustainable infrastructure design to future trends and modes of transportation is a major consideration.

It is also as important to have methods of reliably monitoring and evaluating the condition of existing structures so that their safety can be assessed and preventive maintenance performed long before the extent of the damage necessitates drastic action. This is even more important in communities that are prone to natural hazards and need to recover quickly after each extreme event. Robust condition assessment is a major element of decision making in the operation and maintenance of infrastructure. Risk- and reliability-based decision making are becoming more common, and condition assessment under these methods must follow the same methodology. Advances in delivery and computational methods, including satellite imagery, drone and robot employment, image processing, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI), have also broadened the horizon of the development of new condition assessment approaches.

This Special Issue aims to compile articles on a wide range of topics related to the sustainable and resilient engineering of infrastructure, as well as the reliability of condition assessment in general. We welcome papers that refer mostly to civil applications of: surface infrastructure (roads, bridges, railway, etc.), air transportation (passenger airlines, drones, etc.), and utility infrastructure (electrical power, gas, water, etc.). The risk and reliability assessment and the condition assessment of infrastructure, as well as resiliency-related topics, are also included in the scope of this Special Issue. 

Dr. Armin Mehrabi
Dr. Carlos M. Chang
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable engineering
  • infrastructure
  • resiliency
  • risk and reliability
  • condition assessment
  • future infrastructure trends
  • decision-making systems

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