A framework for optimizing civil infrastructure resiliency

D. A. Reed, M. Asce, Z. B. Zabinsky, L. N. Boyle

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Civil infrastructure systems are complex networks of tightly coupled, interdependent subsystems that involve many factors and system constraints. Their resiliency is critical for the proper functioning of society during and following extreme events such as hurricanes and earthquakes. The goal of this paper is to outline the formulation of a framework that provides strategies for increased resiliency. These strategies will be expressed in a common rule-based form of "If-Then" statements. A rule-based model is flexible and can incorporate social performance measures in addition to traditional metrics. The rule-based model also has the capability to reflect the performance of interdependent networks of multiple systems. These rules may be formulated in a manner so as to be incorporated in a multi-objective optimization algorithm that can improve system performance. A brief example of the proposed framework is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Structures Congress
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2011
EventStructures Congress 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Apr 14 2011Apr 16 2011

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Structures Congress


ConferenceStructures Congress 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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