Open Access Book: Trends in Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure

Tengo el placer de compartir con todos vosotros, totalmente en abierto, un libro que he editado junto con Ignacio J. Navarro. La labor de editar libros científicos es una oportunidad de poder seleccionar aquellos autores y temas que destacan en un ámbito determinado. En este caso, sobre las tendencias en las infraestructuras y la construcción sostenible.

Además, resulta gratificante ver que el libro se encuentra editado en abierto, por lo que cualquiera de vosotros os lo podéis descargar sin ningún tipo de problema en esta entrada del blog. También os lo podéis descargar, o incluso pedirlo en papel, en la página web de la editorial MPDI: https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/3854

Referencia:

YEPES, V.; NAVARRO, I.J. (Eds.) (2021). Trends in Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure. MPDI, 272 pp., Basel, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-0365-0914-3

 

Preface to ”Trends in Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure”

The Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in 2015 advocate for a profound paradigm shift in the way that infrastructures are designed. Actual practices usually fall short in assessing issues beyond the economic ones. Aspects such as the environmental impacts resulting from the life cycle of our structures, as well as the positive and negative effects that their construction and maintenance can have on society, are new criteria that need to be effectively included in our designs by 2030. To face such a challenging task, actual practices need to be reinvented, approaching the design of infrastructures from a holistic perspective that simultaneously integrates each of the three dimensions of sustainability, namely economy, environment and society. This book comprises 11 chapters that explore the actual sustainability-related trends in the construction sector. The chapters collect the papers included in the Special Issue “Trends in Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure” of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We would like to thank both the MDPI publishing and editorial staff for their excellent work, as well as the authors who have collaborated in its preparation. The papers included in this book cover a broad range of topics directly related to the sustainable design of infrastructures, addressing maintenance design criteria towards sustainability, life-cycle-oriented building and infrastructure design, design optimization based on sustainable criteria, inclusion of the social dimension in the design of infrastructures and the application of decision-making processes that effectively integrate the three dimensions of sustainability, resilience and the use of sustainable materials.

About the Editors

Víctor Yepes is a full professor of Construction Engineering; he holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering. He serves at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain. He has been the Academic Director of the M.S. studies in concrete materials and structures since 2007 and a Member of the Concrete Science and Technology Institute (ICITECH). He is currently involved in several projects related to the optimization and life-cycle assessment of concrete structures, as well as optimization models for infrastructure asset management. He currently teaches courses in construction methods, innovation, and quality management. He has authored more than 250 journals and conference papers, including more than 100 published in journals quoted in JCR. He acted as an expert for project proposal evaluation for the Spanish Ministry of Technology and Science, and he is a main researcher in many projects. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and a member of the editorial board of 12 other international journals (Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Mathematics, Sustainability, Revista de la Construcci´on, Advances in Civil Engineering, Advances in Concrete Construction, among others).

Ignacio Navarro Martíınez holds a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering. He works at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain. He has published 11 articles and 9 conference papers in JCR journal. He combines his research activity with his professional career as a structural designer. During his professional experience, he has been dedicated to the calculation of steel and concrete structures related to renewable energies, especially in the field of wind energy, both onshore and offshore, as well as to the calculation of road and port structures. He has specialized in the numerical calculation of steel and concrete structures in onshore and offshore environments.

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Open Access Book: Sustainable Construction II

Tengo el placer de compartir con todos vosotros, totalmente en abierto, un libro que he editado junto con el profesor, José V. Martí. La labor de editar libros científicos es una oportunidad de poder seleccionar aquellos autores y temas que destacan en un ámbito determinado. En este caso, la construcción sostenible.

Además, resulta gratificante ver que el libro se encuentra editado en abierto, por lo que cualquiera de vosotros os lo podéis descargar sin ningún tipo de problema en esta entrada del blog. También os lo podéis descargar, o incluso pedirlo en papel, en la página web de la editorial MPDI: https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/3934

Referencia:

YEPES, V.; MARTÍ, J.V. (Eds.) (2021). Sustainable Construction II. MPDI, 112 pp., Basel, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-0365-0484-1

Preface to ”Sustainable Construction”

Construction is one of the main sectors that generates greenhouse gases. This industry consumes large amounts of raw materials, such as stone, timber, water, etc. Additionally, infrastructure should provide service over many years without safety problems. Therefore, their correct design, construction, maintenance, and dismantling are essential to reducing economic, environmental, and societal consequences. That is why promoting sustainable construction has recently become extremely important. To help address and resolve these types of questions, this book is comprised of five chapters that explore new ways of reducing the environmental impacts caused by the construction sector, as well to promote social progress and economic growth. The chapters collect papers included in the “Sustainable Construction II” Special Issue of the Sustainability journal. We would like to thank both the MDPI publishing and editorial staff for their excellent work, as well as the 18 authors who collaborated in its preparation. The papers cover a wide spectrum of issues related to the use of sustainable materials in construction, the optimization of designs based on sustainable indicators, the life-cycle assessment, the decision-making processes that integrate economic, social, and environmental aspects, and the promotion of durable materials that reduce future maintenance.

About the Editors

Víctor Yepes is a full professor of Construction Engineering; he holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering. He serves at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain. He has been the Academic Director of the M.S. studies in concrete materials and structures since 2007 and a Member of the Concrete Science and Technology Institute (ICITECH). He is currently involved in several projects related to the optimization and life-cycle assessment of concrete structures, as well as optimization models for infrastructure asset management. He currently teaches courses in construction methods, innovation, and quality management. He has authored more than 250 journals and conference papers, including more than 100 published in journals quoted in JCR. He acted as an expert for project proposal evaluation for the Spanish Ministry of Technology and Science, and he is a main researcher in many projects. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and a member of the editorial board of 12 other international journals (Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Mathematics, Sustainability, Revista de la Construcción, Advances in Civil Engineering, Advances in Concrete Construction, among others).

José V. Martí is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Engineering and Civil Engineering Projects at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. Initially, he worked for private companies in the construction sector, business consulting, and financial entities, and later as a freelance professional. He has taught since 1995 and, in many cases, served as the head of subjects in the Master of Civil Engineering, Geodetic Engineering and Topography, and in the degrees in Civil Engineering and PublicWorks. He has educated students on all matters related to the subject of construction procedures, quality, organization of works, and civil engineering machinery. He has participated in nine didactic books, 23 notebooks, 31 articles in teaching congresses, and a teaching innovation project. For his own research activity, he has a book as an author, a book chapter, and a participant in 29 articles in JCR journals. His lines of research are mainly focused on the optimization of structures through the application of metaheuristic techniques, and on the life-cycles and sustainability of structures.

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Open Access Book: Sustainable Construction

Tengo el placer de compartir con todos vosotros, totalmente en abierto, un libro que he editado junto con la profesora, Tatiana García Segura. La labor de editar libros científicos es una oportunidad de poder seleccionar aquellos autores y temas que destacan en un ámbito determinado. En este caso, la construcción sostenible.

Además, resulta gratificante ver que el libro se encuentra editado en abierto, por lo que cualquiera de vosotros os lo podéis descargar sin ningún tipo de problema en esta entrada del blog. También os lo podéis descargar, o incluso pedirlo en papel, en la página web de la editorial MPDI: https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/3740

 

Referencia:

YEPES, V.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T. (Eds.) (2021). Sustainable Construction. MPDI, 228 pp., Basel, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-0365-0482-7

 

Preface to ”Sustainable Construction”

Construction is one of the main sectors that generates greenhouse gases. This industry consumes large amounts of raw materials, such as stone, timber, water, etc. Additionally, infrastructure should provide service over many years without safety problems. Therefore, their correct design, construction, maintenance, and dismantling are essential to reducing economic, environmental, and societal consequences. That is why promoting sustainable construction has recently become extremely important. To help address and resolve these types of questions, this book is comprised of twelve chapters that explore new ways of reducing the environmental impacts caused by the construction sector, as well to promote social progress and economic growth. The chapters collect papers included in the “Sustainable Construction” Special Issue of the Sustainability journal. We would like to thank both the MDPI publishing and editorial staff for their excellent work, as well as the 43 authors who collaborated in its preparation. The papers cover a wide spectrum of issues related to the use of sustainable materials in construction, the optimization of designs based on sustainable indicators, the life-cycle assessment, the decision-making processes that integrate economic, social, and environmental aspects, and the promotion of durable materials that reduce future maintenance.

About the Editors

Víctor Yepes is a full professor of Construction Engineering; he holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering. He serves at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain. He has been the Academic Director of the M.S. studies in concrete materials and structures since 2007 and a Member of the Concrete Science and Technology Institute (ICITECH). He is currently involved in several projects related to the optimization and life-cycle assessment of concrete structures, as well as optimization models for infrastructure asset management. He currently teaches courses in construction methods, innovation, and quality management. He has authored more than 250 journals and conference papers, including more than 100 published in journals quoted in JCR. He acted as an expert for project proposal evaluation for the Spanish Ministry of Technology and Science, and he is a main researcher in many projects. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and a member of the editorial board of 12 other international journals (Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Mathematics, Sustainability, Revista de la Construcci´on, Advances in Civil Engineering, Advances in Concrete Construction, among others).

Tatiana García-Segura is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. She obtained her International Doctorate with outstanding ”cum laude” in 2016. She received the IALCCE (International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering) international award for his scientific contributions and two awards for her Master’s Final Paper on sustainable construction (AEIPRO award and first prize of the Cemex-Sustainability Chair). She has published 24 articles in JCR journals, 30 articles in scientific congresses, has participated in several research projects (one as a PI), and one innovation project.

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ESRA, un software educativo para introducir a los estudiantes de ingeniería civil en la programación de proyectos estocástica

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Las técnicas clásicas de programación son herramientas comúnmente empleadas en las escuelas de ingeniería civil de todo el mundo para la enseñanza de la planificación y gestión de proyectos. Técnicas como el método del camino crítico (CPM), el método del diagrama de precedencias (PDM), el diagrama de Gantt o la técnica de evaluación y revisión de programas (PERT) presentan la ventaja de su sencillez, facilidad de comprensión y que se implementan en los programas informáticos de gestión de proyectos más aceptados, como Ms Project o Primavera P6. Sin embargo, estas técnicas de programación presentan importantes limitaciones a la hora de tratar la incertidumbre inherente a la gestión de proyectos de construcción. Por un lado, el enfoque determinista del CPM para el aprendizaje de la planificación del proyecto reduce la sensibilidad y la comprensión de los factores que alteran y desafían significativamente el éxito de un proyecto, y por otro lado, el CPM no es capaz de gestionar la incertidumbre. y desafían el éxito de un proyecto, mientras que, por otro lado, el PERT muestra unas capacidades demasiado limitadas en modelización de la incertidumbre y subestima la desviación estándar de la duración del proyecto.

El Análisis de Riesgo de Programación (SRA) es un método estocástico idóneo para promover que los estudiantes empiecen a gestionar proyectos de forma más eficaz y eficiente. En este trabajo, empleamos un software educativo de SRA (ESRA) para ayudar a los estudiantes a entender el supuesto subyacente de la programación estocástica, así como para hacer explícitas las ventajas de la programación estocástica en comparación con los métodos clásicos como CPM o PERT. ESRA permite modelar tanto la incertidumbre en la duración de las actividades, como la relación entre estas incertidumbres, ampliando la gama de problemas de planificación, que los estudiantes pueden ahora evaluar. Esta investigación se llevó a cabo en cuatro etapas a través de un taller. En primer lugar, se introdujeron los fundamentos teóricos de la simulación de Montecarlo, el método en el que se basan la mayoría de los métodos de evaluación de la incertidumbre. En segundo lugar, los estudiantes emplearon el ESRA para ver cómo funciona este método. En tercer lugar, los alumnos trabajaron en torno a un caso práctico de gestión de proyectos de construcción y analizaron los resultados, comparando los de la evaluación estocástica con los de la evaluación determinista. Por último, se les pidió que respondieran a un cuestionario en el que debían abordar la toma de decisiones en el mundo real en relación con la programación de proyectos que requería tener en cuenta las incertidumbres del proyecto.

Referencia:

SALAS, J.; SIERRA, L.; YEPES, V. (2021). ESRA, an educational software for introducing stochastic scheduling to civil engineering students. 15th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2021), 8th-9th March, 2021, pp. 5788-5798, Valencia, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-09-27666-0

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Evaluación crítica de una revista de muy alto impacto en ingeniería civil: Automation in Construction

Acaban de publicarnos un artículo en la revista científica Journal of Civil Engineering & Management (indexada en el JCR, Q2) un artículo que analiza la evolución de una de las revistas científicas de mayor impacto en ingeniería civil: Automation in Construction. Este tipo de publicaciones críticas está siendo habitual en el ámbito científico porque permite conocer las luces y las sombras, así como detectar las claves de las líneas de investigación punteras ahora y en un futuro próximo. Además, permite a los editores conocer si están acertando en su línea editorial o está la revista escorándose hacia derroteros poco recomendables. No es el caso. Asimismo, esta publicación es de especial interés porque se encardina dentro de mi colaboración internacional, que está creciendo enormemente en estos últimos años.

Automation in Construction es una de las principales revistas internacionales de ingeniería civil y construcción que se remonta a 1992. En este trabajo se ha cuantificado y visualizado la evolución de las publicaciones de esta revista mediante métodos bibliométricos. Nuestro trabajo consta de dos partes: 1) estadísticas de publicación y citación en términos de distribución anual, fuentes de citación, países/regiones e institutos prolíficos y artículos altamente citados, 2) análisis de redes y mapas científicos en términos de red de coautoría, red de co-citación y evolución temática. Para realizar los análisis se utilizan dos programas informáticos bibliométricos, VOSviewer y SciMAT. Los resultados sugieren que la revista ha obtenido una creciente influencia y reputación por parte de la comunidad científica en las últimas décadas. Se espera que nuestro estudio tenga una importancia orientadora para los editores y los lectores de esta revista, pues proporciona información clave sobre la evolución en el tiempo.

Este artículo está en abierto y lo podéis descargar aquí, o directamente desde el enlace de la revista: https://journals.vgtu.lt/index.php/JCEM/article/view/14365

Abstract:

Automation in Construction is one of the leading international journals in construction and building dating back to 1992. This study aims to quantify and visualize the evolution of Automation in Construction publications using bibliometric methods. Our work has two parts: 1) publication and citation statistics in terms of annual distributions, citing sources, prolific countries/regions and institutes, and highly cited papers, 2) network and science mapping analyses in terms of co-authorship network, co-citation network and thematic evolution. Two bibliometric software, VOSviewer and SciMAT, are used to help us carry out the analyses. The results suggest that Automation in Construction has obtained increasing influence and reputation from scientific community over the past decades. It is expected that our study has guiding significance for editors and readers of this journal through providing key insights about the evolution over time.

Keywords:

Automation in Construction, bibliometric, publications and citations, science mapping analyses, thematic evolution

Reference:

TANG, M.; LIAO, H.; YEPES, V.; LAURINAVICIUS, A.; TUPENAITE, L. (2021). Quantifiying and mapping the evolution of a leader journal in the field of civil engineering. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 27(2):100-116. DOI:10.3846/jcem.2021.14365

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Sesión temática en CMN2021: Optimization, metaheuristics and evolutionary algorithms in civil engineering

En el marco del próximo congreso CMN2021 (Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering) que se celebrará en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria del 28 al 30 de junio de 2021, hemos organizado una sesión temática coordinada por David Greiner, Diogo Ribeiro y Víctor Yepes que versa sobre optimización, metaheurísticas y algoritmos evolutivos en ingeniería civil. Os dejo a continuación una breve descripción del congreso y un resumen de la sesión temática propuesta.

El objetivo del Congreso de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería (CMN) es actuar como un foro en que se recopilen los trabajos científicos y técnicos más relevantes en el área de los métodos numéricos y la mecánica computacional, así como sus aplicaciones prácticas. CMN 2021, organizado conjuntamente por las sociedades de métodos numéricos española (SEMNI), portuguesa (APMTAC) y por el Instituto Universitario de Sistemas Inteligentes y Aplicaciones Numéricas en Ingeniería (SIANI) de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Los anteriores congresos conjuntos de ambas sociedades fueron celebrados en Madrid (2002), en Lisboa (2004), en Granada (2005), Porto (2007), Barcelona (2009), Coimbra (2011), Bilbao (2013), Lisboa (2015), Valencia (2017) y Minho (2019). Habiendo sido Las Palmas de Gran Canaria la sede del Primer Congreso CMN organizado por SEMNI en 1990, (General Chairs: Gabriel Winter y Miguel Galante), retorna 31 años después a su primera sede. El programa científico del CMN 2021 estará estructurado en sesiones temáticas según las distintas especialidades de los métodos numéricos. Las comunicaciones presentadas en el congreso constituirán una referencia de los avances recientes y de las líneas de trabajo futuras. Asimismo, investigadores internacionales de reconocido prestigio impartirán una serie de conferencias plenarias. El enlace a la web del congreso es la siguiente: https://congress.cimne.com/cmn2021

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Técnicas de optimización avanzada y sus aplicaciones a la ingeniería civil

Tal y como os comenté en un post anterior, un grupo de profesores decidimos lanzar un número especial sobre optimización avanzada en la revista Advances in Civil Engineering (indexada en el JCR). El enlace, en abierto, al contenido de este número especial lo podéis ver aquí: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/si/893072/

Además, os dejo la presentación del número especial:

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El número completo lo tenéis también aquí:

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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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Special Issue on Advanced Optimization Techniques and Their Applications in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers are involved with the creation, monitoring, and management of infrastructural resources, as well as the e›cient, economic utilization and management of renewable natural resources. Nowadays a rapid growth of computer performance enables and encourages new developments in civil engineering as well as related areas. For instance, the construction industry investigates new designs with minimum cost, minimum CO2 emissions, or embodied energy, among other objectives. Conventional optimization techniques are usually inadequate to nd best designs by taking into account all design variables, objectives, and constraints in the complex civil engineering problems. Applications of optimization techniques are most exciting, challenging, and of truly large scale when it comes to the problems of civil engineering in terms of both quality and quantity. In order to overcome the di›culties, researchers are interested in advanced optimization techniques. In the recent literature, researchers have applied the advanced optimization techniques to dišerent purposes.

The aim of this special issue is to collect the studies using optimization algorithms in civil engineering problems such as structural engineering, construction management, and environmental engineering. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: Intelligent optimization Swarm and evolutionary optimization techniques Single and multiobjective optimization Predictive modeling and optimization Computational complexity and optimization Continuous or discrete optimization Structural optimization Size, shape, and topology optimization New design optimization applications in civil engineering New and novel approaches and techniques for solving optimization problems in civil engineering New research in any areas closely related to optimization and civil engineering designs Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ace/otace/

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Towards sustainable civil engineering works using precast concrete solutions

CV ARTICULOMost of the achieved advances related to define standardized methodologies to quantify the contribution to “sustainabilize” the construction are linked to buildings rather than infrastructures, and much more in particular to housing. Global impact on housing is the widest and highest one, gathering the three sustainable axis: environmental (greenhouse gas emissions derived from heating or cooling to reach indoor comfort  conditions), social (home is a basic need for families) and economic (it usually represents the main expense over the life of people). Meanwhile civil engineering work has not evolved as long on this topic. Although we generally refer to greater constructions, sustainable impacts are more diffused and don´t have such a direct repercussion into the citizens and daily life. For this reasons, there are not as many assessment methods for civil engineering works as there are for buildings, or even any literature regarding this field. Therefore it may implies a technical and promotional handicap to promote a higher use of precast concrete elements in a sort of constructions governed by engineers that usually appreciate better their performance advantages. This article pretends to describe the strengths that precast concrete construction will have into the upcoming standards for civil engineering works, in order to enhance their possibilities to reach a greater market share. Sustainable indicators on current draft standards will be assessed.

Reference:

López-Vidal, A.; Yepes, V. (2015). Towards sustainable civil engineering works using precast concrete solutions. Concrete Plant International, 5: 18-24. (link)

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