Special Issue "Decision Support Systems for Improving the Construction and Maintenance of Renewable Energy Projects"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
Interests: fuzzy logic; fuzzy hybrid systems; machine learning; decision support systems; simulation; optimization; system dynamics; agent-based modeling; subjective knowledge; construction
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Dr. Nima Gerami Seresht
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Interests: risk management; numerical simulation; decision support systems; artificial intelligence; scheduling; programming; and human resource planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Renewable energy projects have recently gained popularity due to their low adverse environmental impacts. While the improvement of the construction and maintenance of such projects requires that project and operation managers make the right decisions in a timely fashion, the complexity and novelty of these projects leads to numerous challenges related to decision-making. Renewable energy projects involve numerous uncertain factors; these projects often require managers to coordinate many complex and dynamic processes for decision-making; and managers must consider sometimes contradictory criteria and/or objectives for decision-making. In recent years, the application of advanced modeling and computational techniques has emerged in different engineering disciplines to develop decision support systems for supporting practitioners in dealing with such challenges. This Special Issue focuses on the development and application of decision support systems for improving the construction and maintenance of renewable energy projects. It also includes extensions of selected papers from the 9th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Advanced Reliability and Maintenance Modelling (APARM 2020).

Papers are invited that cover, but are not limited to, the main topics of:

  • Risk analysis and management for the construction of renewable energy infrastructure
  • Decision-making for the construction or maintenance of renewable energy infrastructure
  • Fault detection models for renewable energy infrastructure
  • Simulation modeling of renewable energy infrastructure projects during construction, operation, and maintenance phases
  • Artificial intelligence modeling of renewable energy infrastructure projects during construction, operation, and maintenance phases
  • Decision-making for design and development of renewable energy infrastructure projects
  • Health monitoring methods for the assessment of renewable energy infrastructure projects

Prof. Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek
Dr. Nima Gerami Seresht
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Risk analysis
  • computational techniques
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • optimization
  • simulation
  • renewable energy
  • infrastructure
  • construction
  • operation
  • maintenance
  • decision-making
  • uncertainty modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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