Preliminary development of a sewerage infrastructure buffer assessment tool for engineering risk and strategic land use planning

Cheong, Julia, O'Flaherty, Patrick, Dawes, Les A., & Foong, Yin (2011) Preliminary development of a sewerage infrastructure buffer assessment tool for engineering risk and strategic land use planning. Desalination and Water Treatment, 32, pp. 169-178.

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Urban expansion continues to encroach on once isolated sewerage infrastructure. In this context,legislation and guidelines provide limited direction to the amenity allocation of appropriate buffer distances for land use planners and infrastructure providers. Topography, wind speed and direction,temperature, humidity, existing land uses and vegetation profiles are some of the factors that require investigation in analytically determining a basis for buffer separations. This paper discusses the compilation and analysis of six years of Logan sewerage odour complaint data. Graphically,relationships between the complaints, topographical features and meteorological data are presented. Application of a buffer sizing process could assist planners and infrastructure designers alike, whilst automatically providing extra green spaces. Establishing a justifiable criterion for buffer zone allocations can only assist in promoting manageable growth for healthier and more sustainable communities.

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ID Code: 46112
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: buffer sizing, separation distance, odour complaint
DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2011.2695
ISSN: 1944-3994
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Ccopyright 2011 retained by authors
Copyright Statement: Copyright will be retained by authors who may place their papers on their personal or institutional websites
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2011 00:18
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2011 15:20

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