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The Fractal Theory of Sustainable Infrastructure

Author: L.T. Papay, G.L. McAllister

"Our premise—which is expected and hoped to be somewhat controversial—is that issues which create problems with individual infrastructure projects have relevance for generating solutions which apply to sustainable infrastructure on a national or international scale. Specifically, we will address the benefits and difficulties of implementation of technology into a civil infrastructure project, then argue that these are relevant on a large scale. On that larger scale, the ongoing PAIR initiative provides an example of both difficulties and successful approaches in meeting the challenge of creating Sustainable Civil Infrastructure.


There is little agreement in defining “sustainable,” even less agreement in defining “infrastructure,” and it is not unusual for potentially creative meetings to degenerate into a counter-productive debate on these definitions. The following discussion is therefore limited to civil infrastructure, then further limited to technology implementation and resulting impacts on this infrastructure. Finally, relevance of technology implementation to solutions for Sustainable Civil Infrastructure on the large scale will be presented. All is from the view of Engineering/Procurement/Construction (EPC) companies—the builders."

Date Created: November 1999; Date Posted: April 2006






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