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Sustainable assessment of retaining walls through an active learning method considering multiple stakeholders

ABSTRACT: The sustainability approach has changed the modern society. Currently, the sustainability takes into consideration, not only the economic and environmental facets, but also the social facet. Taking into account the three facets of sustainability, this paper shows the application of a method of active learning to assess the sustainability of three real retaining walls. A group of 29 students of the Master of Science in Planning and Management in Civil Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València has experienced this assessment. The method followed was proposed by academics of the School of Civil Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and Universidad de La Frontera (Chile). An approach multi-criteria and a clusters analysis are part of method, which allows developing a participative process with different points of view about the sustainability. The outcomes show that of this way students can forecast impacts from of the integration of design, planning and the location context of the infrastructure. Result evidence that personal values of each student influences the election of the optimal alternative. The paper also identifies the need to strengthen the conceptualization of social criteria in the students training.

KEYWORDS: Infrastructure, Education, Cluster analysis, Analytic hierarchy process, Civil engineering, Sustainability

REFERENCE:

SIERRA-VARELA, L.; YEPES, V.; PELLICER, E. (2017). Sustainable assessment of retaining walls through an active learning method considering multiple stakeholders. Proceedings of the Ninth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Valencia, Spain, July 24-July 29.  doi: 10.14455/ISEC.res.2017.51

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Propuesta metodológica para estimar la sostenibilidad social de los proyectos de ingeniería

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La evaluación de la sostenibilidad social de los proyectos no es un tema sencillo ni inmediato. Si bien los impactos medioambientales se han estudiado en el ámbito científico con cierta profundidad, los impactos sociales de las infraestructuras se han investigado mucho menos. Es más, en numerosas ocasiones dichos impactos se han minusvalorado. Pues bien, nos acaban de publicar un artículo en la revista Environmental Impact Assessment Review (revista indexada en el JCR, primer cuartil de impacto) en el cual proponemos una metodología que permite afrontar este reto.

Elsevier permite descargar de forma gratuita este artículo hasta el 14 de junio de 2017 accediendo al siguiente enlace: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UxW7iZ5spJDe

Referencia:

SIERRA, L.A.; PELLICER, E.; YEPES, V. (2017). Method for estimating the social sustainability of infrastructure projects. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 65:41-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2017.02.004

Highlights:

  • Method to select suitable infrastructure projects from the social sustainability point of view
  • Emphasizes social interactions of the infrastructure in the short and long term
  • Distinguishes the social sustainability of infrastructure projects in different locations
  • Efficiency of a social contribution in terms of early social benefits and a long-term distribution
  • Supports early decision-making of public agencies regarding infrastructure projects

 

Abstract:

Nowadays, sustainability assessments tend to focus on the biophysical and economic considerations of the built environment. Social facets are generally underestimated when investment in infrastructure projects is appraised. This paper proposes a method to estimate the contribution of infrastructure projects to social sustainability. This method takes into account the interactions of an infrastructure with its environment in terms of the potential for short and long-term social improvement. The method is structured in five stages: (1) social improvement criteria and goals to be taken into account are identified and weighed; (2) an exploratory study is conducted to determine transfer functions; (3) each criterion is homogenized through value functions; (4) the short and long-term social improvement indices are established; and finally, (5) social improvement indices are contrasted to identify the socially selected alternatives and to assign an order of priority. The method was implemented in six alternatives for road infrastructure improvement. The results of the analysis show that the method can distinguish the contribution to social sustainability of different infrastructure projects and location contexts, according to early benefits and potential long-term equitable improvement. This method can be applied prior to the implementation of a project and can complement environmental and economic sustainability assessments.

Keywords:

  • Social contribution;
  • Social improvement;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Method;
  • Social sustainability

 

 

Social Sustainability in the Lifecycle of Chilean Public Infrastructure

Esta es la versión post-print de autor. La publicación se encuentra en: https://riunet.upv.es/handle/10251/48904, siendo el Copyright de la American Society of Civil Engineers.

El artículo debe ser citado de la siguiente forma:

Sierra, LA.; Pellicer, E.; Yepes, V. (2016). Social Sustainability in the Lifecycle of Chilean Public Infrastructure. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(5):05015020-1-05015020-13. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001099.

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