Enhancement of sustainability in underground infrastructure development

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Abstract

Since the early 1970s, the concept of Sustainable Development has emerged as a part of international collaboration efforts to minimize environmental degradation on both human habitat and natural ecosystems occurring from the side effects of modern civilization and industrialization. This global concept was eventually expanded to include economical, social, and cultural impacts and has been applied in various industries including the construction sector. Distribution of essential public services for maintaining human life, especially in highly congested urban environments, is heavily dependent on underground infrastructure systems. As these underground infrastructure systems experience unprecedented demand for both new installation and rehabilitation of existing facilities, disturbances to human life and the ecosystem can result. Subsequently, enhancement of sustainability in underground infrastructure development can be a viable concept employed to increase economic benefit and reduce adverse environmental, social, and cultural impacts. Generally pollutions and high social costs are some of the inevitable side effects from current infrastructure development practices. This paper describes a conceptual application of sustainability in underground infrastructure development and proposes a framework for an effective sustainable approach for employing trenchless technologies. Topics include: 1) a current sustainability analysis method; 2) sustainable factors/indicators identification; and 3) sustainability survey analysis that includes weight factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAustralasian Society for Trenchless Technology - 24th No-Dig International Conference and Exhibition, No-Dig Down Under 2006
Pages33-42
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2006
Event24th No-Dig International Conference and Exhibition, No-Dig Down Under 2006 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: Oct 29 2006Nov 2 2006

Publication series

NameAustralasian Society for Trenchless Technology - 24th No-Dig International Conference and Exhibition, No-Dig Down Under 2006

Other

Other24th No-Dig International Conference and Exhibition, No-Dig Down Under 2006
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period10/29/0611/2/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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