Planning and Management of Port Infrastructure Projects under Uncertainty

Most port infrastructure projects are large in scale and have a long lifetime during which they are confronted with multiple uncertainties. Many of these can be dealt with reasonably using standard management practices. However, some uncertainties - such as future demand, shipping traffic and future technology - are difficult to forecast. If these uncertainties are not taken into account during planning, the resulting infrastructures may not be functional in a new or different future. This paper suggests that standard `project' or `risk' management practices are not adequate to deal with exogenous uncertainties which can form vulnerabilities for a project. It proposes Adaptive Port Planning (APP), an approach that offers a unified approach for strategic planning and risk management, and guides planners to systematically deal with uncertainties that appear over the lifetime of an infrastructure project. APP is a dynamic and effective management tool that can provide structure during realization and exploitation phases of a civil engineering project.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 378-388
  • Monograph Title: Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Quantification, Mitigation, and Management

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784413609
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2014 3:01PM