Mini symposia/Special sessions

MS20 Resilience-based Life Cycle Analysis and Management of Structural and Infrastructural Assets

Dr. Omar Kammouh:

Session Chairs:
Omar Kammouh, Dr. ir., Delft university of Technology,
Rogier Wolfer, Prof. Dr. ir., Delft university of Technology,
Maria Nogal, Dr. ir., Delft university of Technology,
Ruud Binnekamp, Dr. ir., Delft university of Technology,

Abstract of the special session:
The wellbeing of modern societies is dependent upon the functioning of different public infrastructures, which enable certain utilities and capabilities for people. Public infrastructures are composed of (civil) engineering assets that are essential for different quality of service parameters (e.g., traffic flow, water protection, etc.). Intervention activities, such as maintenance and/or renovations are executed ensuring continuous delivery of the infrastructure serviceability and its related quality of service parameters. Optimizing these parameters during the operational phase reduces the associated economic and societal impacts as well as increases infrastructure resilience.
The life cycle management of infrastructure contributes significantly to infrastructure resilience. Resilience is often seen and tackled from a hazard-approach perspective. Much effort has been previously made to compute resilience given non-frequent disturbing events (e.g., earthquakes) while ignoring smaller and more frequent events (e.g., those caused by a deteriorated infrastructure). The proposed special session aims at broadening the infrastructure resilience definition to account for the life-cycle management of infrastructure, which includes but is not limited to maintenance and replacement. It will also foster research on resilient civil infrastructure asset management, creating an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in the infrastructure resilience and maintenance fields to meet, exchange expertise, and initiate collaborations.
In contrast with the ICOSSAR regular sessions on infrastructure resilience and maintenance, which are discussed from independent perspectives, the proposed special session combines the two topics under a single scheme. This will contribute to a more inclusive infrastructure resilience science.

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