Sustainable asset management for utility streetworks

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Utility infrastructures are one of the critical elements of urban environments. However, utility installation and maintenance operations are costly, both in terms of direct construction costs (estimated to be around £1.5 billion in the UK in 2006) and in terms of indirect and social costs, which adversely impact the UK economy. These costs are significantly increased when the considerable environmental costs are considered. These adverse impacts are mainly due to traffic congestion, both in terms of energy wasted and vehicle emissions. It is now established that the true total cost of any activity can only be measured by considering all aspects encapsulated by the three ‘pillars of sustainability’, i.e. taking account of social and environmental impacts along with economic (both direct and indirect) costs. After a critical review of the existing sustainability assessment tools, it is proposed that an existing tool should be adapted to provide a holistic, robust sustainability costing framework specifically for utility streetworks. This paper discusses key sustainability assessment indicators and provides recommendations for developing a value-based asset management framework for utility streetworks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming the Future of Infrastructure through Smarter Information:
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction, 27-29 June 2016
EditorsR. J. Mair, K. Soga, Y. Jin, A. K. Parlikad, J. M. Schooling
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherICE Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-0-7277-6127-9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2016
EventInternational Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction - Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201629 Jun 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction
Abbreviated titleICSIC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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