Design, Monitoring and Maintenance for Sustainable Civil Infrastructure

Research Project , Research Report 2001

Masato ABE Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Takashi MATSUMOTO Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Tetsuya ISHIDA Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Toshiharu KISHI Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Research Partners)
Ian SMITH Stress Analysis Laboratory (IMAC), Dept. of Civil Eng Dept. of Civil Eng., EPFL
Eugen BRUHWILER Maintenance, Construction and Safety of Structures (MCS), Dept. of Civil Eng., EPFL.
Feniosky PENA-MORA Dept. of Civil and Env. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


A sustainable civil infrastructure is a necessary requirement for achieving sustainability in the development of all other areas. Some developing countries become trapped in a civil infrastructure spiral where they set aside increasing amounts of resources for in building the infrastructure, and devote less and less to maintenance and repair. Often, there is no systematic expenditure for rehabilitation and improvement. Because re-building the infrastructure has a much larger consequence both on the economy and also on the environment, the development of a maintenance system consisting of reliable and economical monitoring methods and design/maintenance strategies to minimize life-cycle cost is crucial for sustainable development.The overall goal of this project is to combine and apply recent development in the following domains:
– civil infrastructure management,
– new monitoring and measurement systems,
– information technologies,
– representing and using design rational.
Results of this multidisciplinary combination will be innovative and appropriate technologies for managing civil infrastructure in developing countries. The relative savings due to the reduction in unnecessary infrastructure investment in developing countries will be much greater where infrastructure spending is a larger portion of government spending. Such additional resources will help developing countries break the civil infrastructure cost spiral.


civil infrastructure, design rational, monitoring, maintenance, information technology