Special Issue "Building Smart Cities and Infrastructures for a Sustainable Future"

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709). This special issue belongs to the section "Industrial Informatics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mahdi Safa
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Department of Engineering Technology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, USA
Interests: industry digitalization; construction visualization; supply nexus management; project management; integrated construction information; Industry 4.0 technologies
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Dr. Maryam Hamidi
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Guest Editor
Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, United States
Interests: reliability engineering; statistical data analysis; maintenance and inventory optimization; game theory; warranty and lease contract design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart cities and infrastructures mean improved operations, promoted sustainability, improved transportation and accessibility, improved social services, and new ways to provide services and connect with citizens, businesses, government, and other organizations. Due to a surge in population growth, construction companies need to be tasked with building a high-tech urban environment. Building smart cities and infrastructures necessitates a new set of requirements on projects. McKinsey and Company (2020) reported that over the next 7 years, the global construction industry will potentially grow from $7.2 trillion to over $12 trillion. Using new technologies, applying digitization, rolling out best practices across construction sectors, and embedding data and analytics services into new and existing buildings and infrastructures during the construction process and continuing delivery through commissioning and into the operational years will improve all stakeholders’ experience, reduce energy consumption, and streamline maintenance. This Special Issue will provide an opportunity for researchers to exchange new ideas across the emerging field. The goal of this Special Issue is to collect high-quality contributions to address smart cities and infrastructure construction and operations. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the ones listed below:

  • Accelerating projects with smart construction and simulation technologies;
  • Digital transformation of the construction enterprise;
  • Smart city infrastructure development and monitoring;
  • Managing the life-cycle cost of smart infrastructure systems;
  • Digitization in construction;
  • Improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity;
  • Smart marine infrastructure and port automation;
  • Digital systems in smart city and infrastructure.

Dr. Mahdi Safa
Dr. Maryam Hamidi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • infrastructure cybersecurity
  • digitization
  • smart city and infrastructure
  • advanced construction
  • port automation

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Blockchain and Smart Contracts: A Solution for Payment Issues in Construction Supply Chains
Informatics 2021, 8(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/informatics8020036 - 27 May 2021
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The construction industry has dynamic supply chains with multiple suppliers usually engaged in short-term relationships. Government legislation, novel types of payment agreements, conventional information technology solutions, and supply chain management best practices have endeavoured to solve payment-related financial issues in the construction industry, [...] Read more.
The construction industry has dynamic supply chains with multiple suppliers usually engaged in short-term relationships. Government legislation, novel types of payment agreements, conventional information technology solutions, and supply chain management best practices have endeavoured to solve payment-related financial issues in the construction industry, which are mainly caused by the complexities of the construction supply chain. Nevertheless, payment-related issues persist as one of the key challenges in the industry. Applications of blockchain technology–a trusted, distributed data storing mechanism–along with smart contracts are gaining focus as solutions for complex interorganisational processes. A smart contract is a self-executing script that codifies a set of rules or agreements between multiple parties and runs across the blockchain network. This paper identifies the suitability of blockchain and smart contract technologies in solving payment issues in the construction industry. An expert forum of construction industry stakeholders served as the primary data collection method through a structured questionnaire. The key finding of the paper is that blockchain and smart contract powered solutions can significantly mitigate the payment and related financial issues in the construction industry, including partial payments, nonpayments, cost of finance, long payment cycle, retention, and security of payments. Full article
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Measuring Digital Citizenship: A Comparative Analysis
Informatics 2021, 8(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/informatics8010018 - 06 Mar 2021
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This paper aims at showing a state of the art about digital citizenship from the methodological point of view when it comes to measuring this construct. The review of the scientific literature offers at least ten definitions and nine different scales of measurement. [...] Read more.
This paper aims at showing a state of the art about digital citizenship from the methodological point of view when it comes to measuring this construct. The review of the scientific literature offers at least ten definitions and nine different scales of measurement. The comparative and diachronic analysis of the content of the definitions shows us two conceptions of digital citizenship, some more focused on digital competences and others on critical and activist aspects. This paper replicates and compares three scales of measurement of digital citizenship selected for their relevance and administered in a sample of 366 university students, to analyze their psychometric properties and the existing coincidences and divergences between the three. The most outstanding conclusion is that not all of them seem to measure the same construct, due to its diversity of dimensions. An online activism dimension needs to be incorporated if digital citizenship is to be measured. There is an urgent need to agree internationally on a definition of digital citizenship with its corresponding dimensions to elaborate a reliable and valid measuring instrument. Full article
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