Special Issue "Future-Ready Sustainable Infrastructure Systems"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lu Aye

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Group, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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Interests: sustainabilty; system simulation and optimisation; thermal storage; heat pumps
Guest Editor
Dr. Felix Kin Peng Hui

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Vic 3010, Australia
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Interests: Sustainability; Energy; Lean Systems; System Dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past few years, there have been considerable concerns raised about the capacity and capability of our current infrastructure systems to satisfactorily address the issues arising from population growth and environmental sustainability. Population distribution is also shifting towards older ages. There are positive and negative impacts of our ageing population that need to be considered. The increasingly harsh effects of climate change such as stronger storms, more common floods and droughts, and more intense heat waves call for infrastructure systems to be more resilient. The capability to mitigate the risks to critical infrastructure systems is also becoming more important. These issues combine to bring about a strain on our natural resources and on the wellbeing of the people who rely on the infrastructure systems for daily life.

Recent advances in enabling technologies such as the internet of things, big data analytics, renewable materials, lean manufacturing, and integrated project delivery create opportunities for innovative solutions for future infrastructure systems. They not only aid infrastructure development but also provide positive outcomes for people’s wellbeing. It would therefore be beneficial to explore how strategic applications of such enabling technologies, materials or sustainable design and delivery can aid in creating future-ready sustainable infrastructure systems that incorporate scalability and resilience.

The purpose of this Special Issue is therefore to disseminate leading research findings and new knowledge in these research domains. We welcome high quality and original works in these areas that have not been published. The selected proposed manuscripts will be subject to a careful peer review and editorial process.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Lu Aye
Dr. Felix Kin Peng Hui
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Aging population
  • Climate change
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Risk
  • Resilience
  • Wellbeing
  • Enabling technologies
  • Renewable materials
  • Compact cities
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • IoT
  • Integrated project delivery
  • Governance
  • Policy

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Research

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Ground Subsidence Investigation in Fuoshan, China, Based on SBAS-InSAR Technology with TerraSAR-X Images
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(10), 2038; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9102038
Received: 11 April 2019 / Revised: 9 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
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Highways built on soft clay subgrade are more prone to subsidence due to the geotechnical characteristics of soft clay. Monitoring ground movements in this area is significant for understanding the deformation dynamics and reducing maintenance cost as well. In this paper, small baseline [...] Read more.
Highways built on soft clay subgrade are more prone to subsidence due to the geotechnical characteristics of soft clay. Monitoring ground movements in this area is significant for understanding the deformation dynamics and reducing maintenance cost as well. In this paper, small baseline subset synthetic aperture radar interferometry (SBAS-InSAR) technique is exploited to obtain and investigate the time series ground surface deformation after the construction of a road embankment over soft clay settlement. Considering the important effect of temporal deformation models on the final accuracy of estimated deformation, both the linear velocity model and seasonal deformation model are utilized to conduct the comparative investigation of deformation time series. Two highways in Fuoshan, China—G1501 Guangzhou Belt Highway and Lungui Highway—were selected as the test area. Thirteen TerraSAR-X images acquired from October 2014 to November 2015 were analyzed. Comparative study based on two groups of analyses generated from the two models for both highways were conducted. Consequently, several feature points distributed near the two highways were analyzed in detail to understand the temporal evolution of the settlement. In order to evaluate the reliability of our measurements, the residual phase was analyzed to assess the modelling accuracy of the two models. In addition, leveling data were also used to validate the experimental results. Our measurements suggest that the seasonal model is more suitable for the test highways, with an accuracy of ±3 mm with respect to the leveling results. Full article
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Validation of a Methodology to Analyze the Morphological Parameters in Newly Created Tidal Channels Through a Video Monitoring System
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(4), 796; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9040796
Received: 4 January 2019 / Revised: 19 February 2019 / Accepted: 21 February 2019 / Published: 24 February 2019
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A video monitoring system has been used in order to track the morphology of an estuary located in La Rabia, due to the high time-space resolution provided by this system. Moreover, the data collection infrastructure allows us to extract relevant information at a [...] Read more.
A video monitoring system has been used in order to track the morphology of an estuary located in La Rabia, due to the high time-space resolution provided by this system. Moreover, the data collection infrastructure allows us to extract relevant information at a relatively low cost. The methodology used to make the image capture and its post-processing procedure, permitted the detection and monitoring of a new tidal channel appearance as well as its evolution in width until it achieved equilibrium. During the course towards this balance, we could observe the characteristic phenomena for this type of process such as incisional narrowing and increase in width. Full article
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