Special Issue "Resilient Infrastructure Systems"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Thomas P. Seager

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University, PO Box 875306, Tempe, AZ 85287-5306, USA
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Interests: resilient infrastructure; sustainability leadership; innovation; sustainable energy systems; anticipatory life cycle assessment
Guest Editor
Dr. Susan Spierre Clark

RENEW Institute, University at Buffalo, 112 Cooke Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260 USA
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Interests: resilient infrastructure systems; sustainability; human development; stakeholder engagement; climate change adaptation
Guest Editor
Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider

College of Applied Science & Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 12 Lomb Memorial Drive (Eastman, Room 2113), Rochester, NY 14623, USA
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Interests: resilience metrics and modeling; risk critical systems; multidimensional sustainability for the corporate and public sectors
Guest Editor
Dr. Andrea Hicks

College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2208 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive Madison, WI 53706, USA
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Interests: resilient infrastructure systems; human behavior; sustainability; industrial ecology; new technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on “Resilient Infrastructure Systems” from an interdisciplinary perspective, particularly focusing on the technological and social aspects of infrastructure systems. The objective of this issue is to continue building a resilient infrastructure knowledge community that spans sectoral, organizational, and disciplinary boundaries.

Non-stationarity within our climate, social and technical systems prevent the precise predictability of stressors and their potentially cascading and complex impacts. This makes risk analysis, or the practice of estimating risk in a well-defined situation to a well-recognized threat, insufficient for the protection of infrastructure systems on which society depends. As an alternative to risk, the concept of resilience acknowledges the unpredictability and complexity of interdependent infrastructure systems and seeks to transition towards more adaptive, safe-to-fail systems. Although the concept of resilience is well recognized, the methods for operationalizing resilience have yet to be defined. For resilience to be effective it must be holistic, integrating insight from technology, engineering and the social sciences. This holistic approach will enable adaptive management of infrastructure systems in consideration of economic, social and environmental challenges.

The Special Issue aims at publishing high-quality papers, particularly those that integrate both the physical and technological aspects of infrastructure systems with the human dimensions of these systems, including the institutions that govern infrastructure and community resilience. In addition to external submissions through MDPI, this issue will contain selected papers submitted to the Resilient Infrastructure Systems theme of the 2018 International Symposium of Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) to be held in Buffalo, NY in June 2018. Papers will be reviewed by international experts and then widely disseminated by the journal.

Dr. Thomas P Seager
Dr. Susan Spierre Clark
Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider
Dr. Andrea Hicks
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Infrastructures is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Resilience
  • Community resilience
  • Safe-to-fail
  • Adaptive Management

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Open AccessArticle Hotels as Critical Hubs for Destination Disaster Resilience: An Analysis of Hotel Corporations’ CSR Activities Supporting Disaster Relief and Resilience
Infrastructures 2018, 3(4), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3040046
Received: 15 August 2018 / Revised: 16 September 2018 / Accepted: 1 October 2018 / Published: 18 October 2018
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Disaster management has begun to examine the unique role of the private sector in disaster relief. The hotel and lodging industry is an especially critical infrastructure for community disaster relief and resilience, providing many lifeline services in addition to core skills and competencies
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Disaster management has begun to examine the unique role of the private sector in disaster relief. The hotel and lodging industry is an especially critical infrastructure for community disaster relief and resilience, providing many lifeline services in addition to core skills and competencies contributing to the community’s social and human capital. Social and human capital empower the community to better cope with disturbance, and companies’ efforts to build social and human capital are often tied to their corporate social responsibility (CSR) management systems. A framework was developed to evaluate the management system maturity of the hotel and lodging industry’s CSR management for disaster relief and resilience. An analysis of three hotel and lodging corporations was performed to understand the current state of the industry. While many hotel properties are engaging in CSR activities during disaster relief, the analysis revealed that corporate management systems have room for maturation and growth to support the resilience of their community. Full article
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Open AccessArticle An Integrated Dynamical Modeling Perspective for Infrastructure Resilience
Infrastructures 2018, 3(2), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3020011
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 9 May 2018
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This paper considers a dynamical way to connect resilience outcomes and processes by nesting process-based approaches inside a controlled dynamical system under resource constraints. To illustrate this, we use a dynamical model of electric power generation to show the complementary aspects of outcome,
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This paper considers a dynamical way to connect resilience outcomes and processes by nesting process-based approaches inside a controlled dynamical system under resource constraints. To illustrate this, we use a dynamical model of electric power generation to show the complementary aspects of outcome, resources, and process-based approaches for analyzing infrastructure resilience. The results of this stylized model show that adaptation is the most influential process and that for monitoring to be efficient it must account for associated costs. Beyond these specific results, we suggest that nesting outcome- and process-based approaches within a dynamical controlled framework can be very useful and complementary for infrastructure managers and designers tasked with effectively allocating resources for enhancing system resilience. Full article
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Open AccessCase Report Risk and Resilience at the Oroville Dam
Infrastructures 2018, 3(4), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3040049
Received: 15 August 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 6 November 2018
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Existing analyses of the February 2017 Oroville Dam Crisis identify maintenance failures and engineering shortcomings as the root cause of a nearly catastrophic failure of the tallest dam in the United States. However, the focus on technical shortcomings largely overlooks the role of
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Existing analyses of the February 2017 Oroville Dam Crisis identify maintenance failures and engineering shortcomings as the root cause of a nearly catastrophic failure of the tallest dam in the United States. However, the focus on technical shortcomings largely overlooks the role of adaptive decision-making that eventually averted the crisis. Understanding the decisions that both created the circumstances leading up to the crisis and saved the dam from collapse requires that risk analysis be complemented by a resilience perspective. This paper presents a case study on the Oroville Dam Crisis to develop a timeline of failures and successes in the resilience processes of sensing, anticipation, adapting, and learning throughout the history of the dam. Three factors that drove poor operational and engineering decisions include: (1) misalignment of technical nomenclature and design requirements for the ungated spillway, (2) overconfidence in original engineering designs, and (3) conflicting pressure from diverse stakeholders. These factors contributed to unrealistic perceptions of dam capabilities and promoted decisions to forgo maintenance and design efforts that may have mitigated the danger. Full article
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Open AccessPerspective Holistic Infrastructure Resilience Research Requires Multiple Perspectives, Not Just Multiple Disciplines
Infrastructures 2018, 3(3), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3030030
Received: 17 May 2018 / Revised: 1 August 2018 / Accepted: 7 August 2018 / Published: 10 August 2018
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Resilience research includes multiple definitions, concepts, perspectives, and applications across a broad range of academic disciplines. While experts, policy-makers, and practitioners assert that resilience requires holism, what is considered holistic is rarely discussed. The traditional scientific approach to holism is to engage
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Resilience research includes multiple definitions, concepts, perspectives, and applications across a broad range of academic disciplines. While experts, policy-makers, and practitioners assert that resilience requires holism, what is considered holistic is rarely discussed. The traditional scientific approach to holism is to engage multiple disciplines. However, this review studies an alternative approach to holism that engages multiple perspectives, as suggested by integral theory. An integral approach requires consideration of at least four irreducible domains: (1) subjective experience, (2) intersubjective culture, (3) objective behavior, and (4) interobjective systems. This way of approaching holism both engages multiple disciplines and reveals important gaps in the popular understanding of resilient infrastructure. For example, organizing the 20 most highly cited resilience research articles from all disciplines according to the Integral Map reveals that most articles in the sample set are distributed among three of the four perspectives corresponding to experience, behavior, and systems. None of the most popular articles studies resilience through the lens of culture. Thus, the importance of factors such as organizational values and group intentionality may be underappreciated in the scholarly literature. Full article
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