Course Description :

Advanced tools and approaches for supporting more sustainable transportation infrastructure investment decisions by balancing technical, economic, environmental, and social objectives. Selection of sustainable materials, systems and management approaches. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Cost and environmental life-cycle assessment methods and tools pertaining to transportation systems.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Assess the desired characteristics of sustainable construction materials and processes as they pertain to transportation infrastructure.
  • Compare and contrast performance measures for pavement, bridges and other transportation assets and identify proper techniques for quantifying these measures over the life cycle of the assets.
  • Conduct basic life cycle inventory for pavement and/or bridge construction processes and discuss the requirements for a comprehensive life cycle environmental assessment.
  • Apply theories to assess the vulnerability of infrastructure system to climate change and propose strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • Construct a model to balance multiple performance objectives in the selection of materials and/or prioritizations of construction, preservation or renewal projects.
Course Prerequisite :
Graduate Student Standing
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Course Comment :
Sustainability considerations have become important for making infrastructure investment decisions. In addition to technical aspects, infrastructure owners and operators must consider the economic, environmental and social impact of their decisions. The investments must be aligned with the performance goals of their organizations in all these areas. Therefore, civil engineers must be cognizant of the wider implication of the infrastructure design and management decisions and the tools available for assessing their impacts. The main objective of this course is to provide the students with knowledge, tools and methods to incorporate sustainability considerations while developing, assessing, maintaining, rehabilitating, and managing transportation infrastructure systems. Tools such as life cycle cost analysis, life cycle assessment, sustainability rating systems, and multi-objective decision support system are key for developing and selecting more sustainable transportation infrastructure investment portfolios. Graduate level is warranted as the course builds upon fundamental concepts in the civil and environmental curriculum by requiring students to utilize advanced knowledge on infrastructure sustainability, deterioration and management. The course provides in-depth treatment of infrastructure life cycle cost and environmental assessment, performance measurement, and decision making. It also covers approaches to adapt to climate change and ask the students to conceive measures to mitigate the impact of the decisions on climate change and to adapt the transportation infrastructure to minimize the vulnerability to climate change. It requires students to work in teams to independently assess a real-life infrastructure design and/or management problem and then develop innovative and sustainable solutions.