Infrastructure Monitoring Articles

  • Current Bridge Conditions in the United States.

    Bridges have been used throughout history to solve problems related to crossing an obstacle or getting past difficult terrain. They are essential for moving goods, people and connecting the country. Currently, most of the nation’s bridges are in poor condition and continue to deteriorate as time passes. Roughly 66,000 bridges ...


    By EnTech Engineering Company

  • PPP arrangements in the Brazilian water sector: a double-edged sword

    Public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements have been used all over the world to develop infrastructure and provide public services. The principle of this procurement option seems sound. It consists of obtaining a (private) partner who makes the upfront initial investments, manages the infrastructure that will be paid for during its lifespan and assumes all of the corresponding ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Manager, Human Resources job at Pure Technologies - Edmonton

    Location: Edmonton, AB Pure Technologies is a world leader in the development and application of innovative technologies for the inspection, monitoring and management of physical infrastructure. From monitoring the health of large bridges to protecting pipelines, our technologies and expertise are being used around the world to help manage deterioration and reduce loss. At Pure, ...

  • Compare, assess and decide with PLAN

    The infrastructure asset management (IAM) planning software application (PLAN) is a decision-support environment, developed under TRUST, which is providing organized assessment and comparison for any number of competing projects, solutions or alternative designs, which can be assessed and pitched against each other, both numerically as well as visually. PLAN was designed as the central planning ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A user–layered approach for modelling and simulating terrorist attacks

    Modelling and simulation techniques offer a comprehensive method for assessing the impact of a terrorist attack, allowing multiple scenarios to be simulated with ease without imposing extensive time or cost constraints. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive model for the different categories of users who are likely to be involved in the modelling and simulation of a terrorist ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits

    For many, sitting alone in a vehicle in a traffic jam on the way to work is a fact of life. But are there policies cities could consider to encourage commuters to ditch the automobile for a bike, improving public health and reducing the environmental toll of motorized transportation? That was what researchers in New Zealand attempted to answer in a new study, ...


    By Ensia

  • Markov chain applications in modelling facility condition deterioration

    Condition states of civil infrastructure such as pavements and bridges are usually indexed on discrete scales. Historical condition data is modelled using Markov chain to estimate transition probabilities from one condition state to another, the rate of change and the time spent in any given state. The usefulness of such models is a function of the completeness of the available records and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Airport development and sustainability: a case of multi-airport system in Italy

    During the last decades, airports have been substantially transformed in a dynamic and competitive industry. Today each airport faces the challenging task of coordinating all the services provided to work efficiently. Airports need to find a way to overcome economic, financial and infrastructural problems in a coherent attempt of definition of a conceptual framework of the airport business as a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Infrastructure resilience through regional spatial planning – prospects of a new legal principle in Germany

    In 2008, a new principle of spatial planning was added to the German Federal Spatial Planning Act. It demands critical infrastructure protection (CIP) be taken into account in all spatial planning activities. Since the term ‘critical infrastructure’ is quite young, this problem has not yet been explicitly treated in spatial planning activities. This paper presents results from a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A smart decision support systems based on a fast classifier and a semantic post reasoner

    In modern monitoring systems for critical infrastructures protection, there is the need to design automatic decision support systems with high reliability and real-time constraints. These features are usually in contrast as there is a significant trade-off between performance and precision. In this paper, we propose an innovative approach for smart event detection and enriched phenomena ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • SeNsiM-SEC: secure sensor networks integration to monitor rail freight transport

    In recent years, the interest in monitoring infrastructures has spread in many application domains, even because of the number of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. This important activity can be seen in the general context of critical infrastructure protection, such as the freight trains meant for hazardous materials transportation. The design of these systems must answer to several ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Barriers to the growth of small business firms in India

    This study examines the barriers to the growth of small business firms in India. The owners of small business firms from Punjab area of India were surveyed to find out their beliefs and feelings regarding factors that affect the growth of their firms. Findings suggest that lack of financing, market challenges, regulatory issues, and infrastructure are perceived as factors that negatively affect ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Evaluating infrastructure resource allocation in support of regional stability

    Post–conflict stability is a tenuous goal for security forces and host nation governments alike. Recent experiences of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and coalition partners in Afghanistan have illuminated how insurgencies damage stability operations despite great sacrifice and enormous commitments of resources. Stability operations focus on security, governance, development, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Business Intelligence for utilities: Five planning strategies

    Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets Business Intelligence is not a new concept to utilities, as the analysis of data is as entrenched in every utility as the concept of providing safe, reliable and affordable power. However, the unique challenge facing utilities today is that there is exponentially more data, from more ...

  • Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure Management

    Explains how to optimize the operation of water supply systems and the related advances in SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition – systems Examines the advances in design and construction methods such as BIM – Building Information Modeling Explains municipal budgeting, chain of planning, programming, and other related subjects Includes ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Protective measures and vulnerability indices for the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Programme

    Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a methodology to systematically evaluate the protection posture and vulnerability of critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR). This vulnerability methodology is part of a larger effort by DHS called the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Programme, which seeks to mitigate ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Vulnerability analysis of the physical part of the internet

    The internet, one of the most important critical information infrastructures (CII), compasses both, the physical and cyber part. Industrial network operators and service providers often draw more attention to the protection of the cyber part. However, some recent incidents, especially those causing cascading failures and big disruptions in social functions, are reminders that physical part may be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Multiformalism techniques for critical infrastructure modelling

    This paper proposes an approach to use multiformalism techniques for critical infrastructure modelling. To this aim, the state of the art of related works on the subject is surveyed and a general scheme for intra and inter infrastructure models is described. Multiformalism approaches allow modellers to adapt the choice of formal languages to the nature, complexity and abstraction layer of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An international tabletop exercise on critical infrastructure protection: the lessons identified

    In 2007, a TableTop eXercise (TTX) on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was organised by the Civil Protection Committee (CPC) of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). The aim of the TTX was to identify gaps in existing policies and capabilities for the protection of the civil population and Critical Infrastructures (CIs) and to provide nations and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Does Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) accelerate growth? Evidence from Malaysia

    This paper investigates the role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in economic development in Malaysia for the period 1970–2007. More specifically, the study investigates the direct impact of FDI on economic growth in Malaysia and the FDI determinants in an endogenous economic growth framework. Data is analysed using three-stage least squares. The results reveal that contrary to the held view of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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