Integrated Research for Civil Infrastructure Systems: A Future Challenge

by S. C. Liu, Natl Science Foundation, Washington, United States,
K. P. Chong, Natl Science Foundation, Washington, United States,
M. P. Singh, Natl Science Foundation, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Computation


The paper presents a research program developed at NSF for the improvement and renewal of the nation's civil infrastructure systems. The proposed program is integrated, multi-disciplinary, broad-based and continuous. It calls for a systems oriented research approach rather than the component-based research approach. The program has been developed through intensive in-house self-study involving all research directorates of NSF and with the help of professionals and researchers associated with civil infrastructure systems through two national workshops organized by NSF. The basic research elements of the proposed program are deterioration science, assessment technologies, renewal engineering and institutional effectiveness and productivity. The program for knowledge-transfer and utilization also forms the essential core of the initiative. The program is expected to have major implications to civil engineering profession as well as to other science and engineering fields.

Subject Headings: Systems engineering | Infrastructure | Deterioration | Professional societies | Engineering profession | Research and development | Knowledge-based systems

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