Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis for Smart Transportation Infrastructures

Course leader: Dr Filippo Praticò
Home institution: Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy
Invited lecturer: Rosario Fedele
Brief description of the course

The course goals are to: 1. Stimulate an interest on construction issues and environmental impact of transportation infrastructures within the context of transportation/pavement performance more broadly. 2. Develop an understanding of how sensor-based monitoring, energy harvesting, material properties and design (e.g., aggregate source and consensus properties, gradation analysis, bitumen percentage and quality), construction (e.g., HMA production, hauling, and placement operations) impact functional properties and their management over time. 3. Expose students to some of the diverse innovative thoughts in the field of pavement functional properties, energy harvesting and sensor-based monitoring. 4. Encourage the interrogation of experimental data and models through the assignment of often conflicting narratives (e.g., balancing monitoring costs and monitoring positive effects). 5. Advance students oral, written, and critical thinking skills and expertise by engaging in informed and up-to-date discussions of course reading materials.

Topic list

Environmental impact assessment (European approach, EIA versus strategic environmental assessment; scoping, Life cycle cost analysis, etc.). Analysis and decision-making techniques and tools (Cost–benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis/ ELimination Et Choix Traduisant la REalité, analytic hierarchy process technique, fuzzy techniques, etc.). Environmental impacts (noise, pollution). Continuous monitoring of transportation infrastructures (sensors, type, data gathered, pros and cons). Energy harvesting from transportation infrastructures (types, pros and cons, potential).

Reading list

Yang H. Huang, "Pavement Analysis and Design (2nd Edition)". Prentice Hall | 2003 | ISBN: 0131424734 | 792 pages. Praticò, F.G., Swanlund, M., George, L-A., Anfosso, F., Tremblay, G., Tellez, R., KAMIYA, K., Del Cerro, J., Van der Zwan, J., Dimitri, G.(2013). Quiet pavement technologies, Pages : 105, PIARC Ref. : 2013R10EN, ISBN : 978-2-84060-327-6. sent Treloar, G., Love, P., and Crawford, R. (2004). ”Hybrid Life-Cycle Inventory for Road Construction and Use.” J. Constr. Eng. Manage., 130(1), 43–49. Lajnef et al. (2013), Report No. FHWA-HRT-12-072, Smart Pavement Monitoring System, May 2013. Yun et al., (2014) Smart wireless sensing and assessment for civil infrastructure, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering: Maintenance, Management, Life-Cycle Design and Performance, 10:4, 534-550. Ceylan et al., (2013), Highway Infrastructure Health Monitoring Using Microelectromechanical Sensors And Systems (Mems), Journal Of Civil Engineering And Management, Volume 19 (Supplement 1): S188–S201. Praticò F.G., SUSPAV Project (National project): Interim Report, Internal Document, University Mediterranea. Praticò, F.G., Saride, S., Puppala A., Comprehensive Life Cycle Cost Analysis for the Selection of Stabilization Alternatives for Better Performance of Low Volume Roads, Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No 2203, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., volume 2, pp120-129, 2011, ISSN 0361-1981 ISBN 978-0-309-16085-8. Praticò, F. et al, 2017, Sustainability Issues in Civil Engineering, Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering, © 2017, Editors: Sivakumar Babu, G.L., Saride, Sireesh, B, Munwar Basha. Praticò, F.G. (2017). "Metrics for Management of Asphalt Plant Sustainability." J. Constr. Eng. Manage. , 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001253 , 04016116 (Online publication date: October 21, 2016).

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