Here you will find news relevant to the activities of the initiative including webinars, talks, consulting projects, publications, participation in conferences and meetings mostly relevant to resilience of critical infrastructure with emphasis on transport and energy assets and their intra/interdependencies, views on the UNs Sustainable Development Goals and use of digital and emerging technologies in infrastructure risk-based management
The UNDP and the Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure published their Biennial Report on global infrastructure resilience https://cdri.world/gir.
metaInfrastructure contributed with one paper, authored by Dr Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis and Dr Sotirios Argyroudis, on “Financing for disaster and climate resilient infrastructure for a net-zero economic transition”, available here
This position paper identified the enablers of and barriers to climate resilient and sustainable infrastructure aiming to quantify the trade-offs and synergies between climate resilience and sustainability in the infrastructure development and adaptation. The paper focuses on transport infrastructure adaptation considering climate projections and sets a benchmark case study for the bridge stock in Ukraine, including highway and railway assets.
Three members of the metaInfrastructure group: Dr Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis, Dr Sotirios Argyroudis, and Dr Ivan Izonin, are listed at the top 2% cited researchers for the year 2022 according to the Stanford/Elsevier ranking list (c-score based)
See the list here: https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/6
Dr Sotirios Argyroudis starts a new role as Associate Professor (Reader) at Brunel University London
Sotirios has been recently promoted to Senior Lecturer, while he recently started a new position as a Reader in Infrastructure Engineering at Brunel University London! This double promotion milestone was achieved through cutting-edge projects, publications with top academics, researchers and consultants, and positive impact in the field of infrastructure resilience.
Sotirios is committed to furthering his research endeavours and contributing to the advancement of future infrastructure, together with the infrastructureResilience group.
Development of a Massive Open Online Course (aka MOOC) on “Sustainability, resilience and digitalisation for critical infrastructure” in the framework of our MSCA ReCharged project.
The MOOC highlights the value of emerging technologies and how digital data can enhance climate resilience and sustainability of infrastructure. Videos will follow soon to explain what is a digital twin, how to develop digital models and digital twins, and why we need them in infrastructure management.
More about our project here: https://msca-recharged.eu
ReCharged MSCA Staff Exchanges
5 million EUR funding, 6 years, 17 partners
HORIZON-CL5-2023-D4-01-01: ZEBAI – Innovative methodologies to design Zero-Emission and cost-effective Buildings based on Artificial Intelligence.
Our research project Net-zero buildings leveraged by Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been funded by the European Union’s HORIZON-CL5-2023-D4-01-01. This research funding will be invested over the next 6 years to optimise building designs to make them net-zero and sustainable.
The Department of Civil Engineering, of the University of Birmingham, leads two major demonstrators of the project, i.e. the National Centre for Decarbonisation of Heat (NCDH) and the Energy Accelerator Building (EAB) to advance digital twinning of our campus. Our share is 700k EUR.
COO: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
University of Birmingham, UK
Lurtis Rules SL, SP
University of Oxford, UK
Egis Group Ukraine
Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine
Smart Sustainable Social Innovations Single Member P.C., Greece
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, SP
Europäisches Institut für Innovation-Technologie, DE
Agencia de Vivienda y Rehabilitación de Andalucía, SP
Technische Universiteit Delft, NL
Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, NL
Morph Architecture Estudio, SP
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK
Our new paper published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Title: Sustainability and climate resilience metrics and trade-offs in transport infrastructure asset recovery
Authors: Dr Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis, Dr Dan Bompa, Dr Sotirios Argyroudis, Open access: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2023.103800
In this paper we delve with critical aspects of sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, climate resilience and costs, including an application for a bridge, where normalised metrics are integrated into one unique index, considering climate projections and sustainable solutions for recovery after floods.
The paper presents and applies a framework for quantifying the trade-offs between #sustainability and #resilience in the recovery of bridges after floods.
a 4-minute lightning presentation on “Climate adaptation for resilient critical infrastructure in low medium income countries facilitated by space technology” is available here:
This paper will be presented at GLOC-2023 Global Space Conference on climate change, 23-25 May, Oslo, Norway
Stergios Mitoulis of infrastructuResilience was interviewed by the Greek national TV ERT anchor Stavroula Christofilea about the Polyfytos Bridge. The bridge is the main pilot of our two recent research projects ReCharged and RISKADAPT funded by HORIZON EUROPE-total value 4.2m Euros. These two projects are examining more resilient, sustainable, and cost-effective interventions for this landmark bridge. In this framework, we are also applying a participatory decision-making approach to optimise the reconstruction of the second longest bridge of Greece in collaboration with the local authorities.
The interview video is available here
Themed Issue: Integral Bridges
ICE Bridge Engineering of the Institution of Civil Engineers InstitutionofCivilEngineers
Jessica Sandberg, Senior Engineer, Atkins Global, Epsom, UK;
Andrea Caristo, Associate Director, AECOM, London, UK
and Stergios Mitoulis, UK
Further information about the submission of journal papers is here: https://lnkd.in/eFfKCw75
Call for papers:
Abstract submission date: 30 April 2023
Full manuscript submission date: 31 October 2023
Weblink for abstract submissions: https://lnkd.in/e94tid4i
Title: Structural Performance monitoring and evaluation of scoured bridges under dynamic actions
Our ERIES (HORIZON-INFRA-2021-SERV-01-07) project is funded. The project will test for the first time in the international literature large scale specimens of bridge foundations under multihazard scenarios, as we have noticed that many bridges are scoured due to floods exacerbated by climate change and then they are subjected to earthquakes.
The project coordinated by Politecnico di Milanoinvolves several academic and industrial partners: University of StrathclydePolitecnico di Torino, Brunel University London, Università Politecnica delle Marche, University of Birmingham , Democritus University of Thrace – (D.U.Th.), Université Gustave Eiffel, Università di CamerinoEgnatia Odos S.A., SMARTEC SA, TAILOR ENGINEERING.
We will have access to the SoFSI shaking table at the University of Bristol to study vibration based approaches to monitor scoured bridges and to evaluate their performance under dynamic actions.