Need for integrated planning and digital transformation

To bring Systems Engineering and Innovation to Civil Infrastructure we want to better understand the natural and societal impacts of infrastructure interventions under uncertainty. This requires a change in current approaches to infrastructure systems engineering: starting from the natural environment and its resources, encompassing societal use of infrastructure and the supporting infrastructure assets and services. In the coming years, we see the Centre as a platform for discussing and creating knowledge to support this new thinking by developing novel modelling methods and forms of model integration and multi-criteria indicators for complex infrastructure problems that go beyond boundaries of individual infrastructure systems. We have summarised our ideas in the recently published 'Research Agenda on Systems Approaches to Infrastructure'.

A Research Agenda on Systems Approaches to Infrastructure - Paper highlights

  • At a time of system shocks, significant underlying challenges are revealed in current approaches to delivering infrastructure, including the need for holistic assessment and that infrastructure users in many societies feel distant from nature.
  • Our research focuses on complexity, systems integration, data-driven systems engineering, infrastructure lifecycles, and the transition towards zero pollution as key themes that can further our understanding and evaluation of all pervasive infrastructure-environment system
  •  We argue for modelling that brings natural as well as built environments within the system boundaries to better understand infrastructure and to better assess sustainability.
  •  We set out a 2030 research agenda with the aim to develop novel modelling approaches to better understand the natural and societal impacts of infrastructure interventions under uncertainty.

Themes

For more information, please see the full paper  Whyte, J., Mijic, A., Myers, R. J., Angeloudis, P., Cardin, M. A., Stettler, M. E. J. & Ochieng, W. (2020). A Research Agenda on Systems Approaches to Infrastructure. Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems.