Sustainable infrastructure operations : a review of assessment schemes and decision support

Shaw, Gavin, Kenny, Jillian, Kumar, Arun, & Hood, David (2012) Sustainable infrastructure operations : a review of assessment schemes and decision support. In Proceedings : 25th ARRB Conference 2012, ARRB Group Ltd, Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth, Western Australia.

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Infrastructure forms a vital component in supporting today’s way of life and has a significant role or impact on economic, environmental and social outcomes of the region around it. The design, construction and operation of such assets are a multi-billion dollar industry in Australia alone. Another issue that will play a major role in our way life is that of climate change and the greater concept of sustainability. With limited resources and a changing natural world it is necessary for infrastructure to be developed and maintained in a manner that is sustainable.

In order to achieve infrastructure sustainability in operations it is necessary for there to be: a sustainability assessment scheme that provides a scientifically sound and realistic approach to measuring an assets level of sustainability; and, systems and tools to support the making of decisions that result in sustainable outcomes by providing feedback in a timely manner. Having these in place will then help drive the consideration of sustainability during the decision making process for infrastructure operations and maintenance.

In this paper we provide two main contributions; a comparison and review of sustainability assessment schemes for infrastructure and their suitability for use in the operations phase; and, a review of decision support systems/tools in the area of infrastructure sustainability in operations.

For this paper, sustainability covers not just the environment, but also finance/economic and societal/community aspects as well. This is often referred to as the Triple Bottom Line and forms one of the three dimensions of corporate sustainability [Stapledon, 2004].

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ID Code: 58224
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Infrastructure Sustainability, Sustainability Assessment Schemes, Decision Support Systems
ISSN: 0572-1431
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management (090505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > CRC Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM)
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 ARRB Group Ltd and the Authors
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2013 00:12
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 10:40

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