Incorporating System Complexity in Sustainability Assessment for Civil Infrastructure Systems: An Innovative Approach

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Title Incorporating System Complexity in Sustainability Assessment for Civil Infrastructure Systems: An Innovative Approach
Author Alsulami, Badr Tameem; Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady
Publication Title 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)
Editor Anumba, C.J., Bouchlaghem, N.M., Messner, J.I. and Parfitt, M.K
Year Published 2010
Place of publication State College, PA, U.S.A
Publisher Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
Abstract Sustainable development (SD) is a concept with multi-dimensional aspects. Through a pattern of resource use, SD aims to enhance both economic and social growth, while minimizing negative environmental impacts. Vital contributors to SD are the civil infrastructure systems (CIS) which have a huge impact on the spatial and temporal dimensions. Examining the performance sustainability of CIS requires an interdisciplinary approach involving social, environmental, economic, and engineering sciences. This hard and complex process necessitates a proper assessment of the diverse conditions under which the CIS operates. Nevertheless, to date, many attempts have been made to develop sustainability performance assessment frameworks for CIS. All of these frameworks have failed to consider two key facts underpinning the SD concept, namely the interaction between sustainability aspects; and the temporal inter-relation between different life cycle phases for CIS. This paper introduces a novel approach utilizing fuzzy cognitive mapping to model the interaction among sustainability indicators in the context of CIS. The proposed approach considers system complexity through modelling dynamic interaction among sustainability indicators, and the dynamics interaction between the CIS itself and its neighbourhood. Also, it considers the temporal inter-relationship between the different life cycle phases for the CIS, by adopting life cycle-based sustainability indicators.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.engr.psu.edu/ae/AEC-Innov/index.asp
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 AEC. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
ISBN 978-1-897911-35-8
Conference name 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)
Location State College, PA, U.S.A
Date From 2010-06-09
Date To 2010-06-11
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36124
Date Accessioned 2010-11-07
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Construction Engineering
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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