Sustainability and Resilience of Underground Urban Infrastructure

This paper argues for the importance to sustainability of establishing a system or framework for evaluation of resilience, and for the valuation of the underground as an urban space resource. The concept of resilience is a potentially fundamental characteristic of our sociotechnical urban communities, and the concept of performance response functions is a way to conceptually capture resilience characteristics of our communities and critical infrastructure systems (CIS). Convolution of performance response functions for different but interdependent systems informs the development of a new science of performance response analysis that can potentially and effectively be applied across sectors and systems. This work involves establishing generalizable metrics for characterizing infrastructure robustness and fragility, but the metrics must also be applicable to sociotechnical organizations (including government and business) to begin to capture and model community resilience as an inherently important and vital concept for our increasingly urban world. This work will lead to enhanced interpretations of the behavior of interdependent critical cyberphysical infrastructures, thus contributing to systems theory of integrated sociotechnical system behavior, particularly under conditions of increasing density and underground development. In this way, the importance of investment in the urban underground can be demonstrated as a key element of sustainable and life-cycle approaches to better planning and construction in our urban environments.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 3199-3208
  • Monograph Title: GeoCongress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering

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  • Accession Number: 01530417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784412121
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2013 2:07PM