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Research Needs in Infrastructure from a Civil Engineering Perspective

Author: Dorothy A. Reed, University of Washington

"The civil engineering infrastructure of the United States

is aging and deteriorating, particularly in major metropolitan

areas. Health assessment of these types of lifeline systems is

an ongoing concern. Complex interactions make defining the exact

relationships among the various systems that compose the general

infrastructure -- electric utilities, waste and water treatment,

and transportation, for example -- a challenging task. From a

civil engineering perspective, most research needs stem from

concerns related to the rate of decay of these systems subject as

they are to varying degrees of maintenance, retrofit and

governmental regulation. Several specific research topics for

consideration are outlined below."

Date Created: October 2001; Date Posted: February 2007





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