Técnicas de decisión multicriterio para la educación de ingenieros en sostenibilidad


In recent times, a great deal of interest has emerged from different sectors of society towards sustainability and sustainable product design. Decision makers are increasingly encouraged to take into consideration the economic, environmental and social dimensions of reality when dealing with problems. Sustainability is of particular importance in the field of civil engineering, where structures are designed that are long lasting and shall cause significant impacts over a long period of time, such as bridges or dams. Consequently, when addressing a structural design, civil engineers shall account for the three dimensions of sustainability, which usually show conflicting perspectives. Multi-criteria methods allow the inclusion of non-monetary aspects into the design process of infrastructure. In the postgraduate course ‘Predictive and optimisation models for concrete structures’, offered at the Masters in Concrete Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València, civil engineering students are taught how to apply such tools within the framework of sustainable design of concrete structures. The present paper conducts a state-of-the-art review of the main multi-criteria decision making methodologies taught in the course in the context of sustainability. Articles are searched in recognized databases, such as SCOPUS and Web of Science. The most significant methods, such as Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), Elimination and Choice Expressing Reality (ELECTRE), Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) or Complex Proportional Assessment (COPRAS) are systematically discussed, identifying the actual trends concerning the use of such methodologies in the field of civil engineering. The review provides a deep insight in the multi criteria techniques that are most frequently used when assessing sustainability of infrastructure designs.


Postgraduate education; multi-criteria decision making; sustainability; structural design; state of the art review


NAVARRO, I.; MARTÍ, J.V.; YEPES, V. (2018). Multi-criteria decision making techniques in civil engineering education for sustainability. Proceedings of ICERI2018,the 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville (Spain), 12th-14th November 2018, pp. 9798-9807.  ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5

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Optimización heurística de ménsulas cortas mediante elementos finitos con fisuración distribuida

A continuación os dejo un artículo donde se aplica la optimización heurística mediante recocido simulado de ménsulas cortas de hormigón armado usando para ello elementos finitos con fisuración distribuida.

También puedes encontrar el artículo en acceso abierto en: https://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-the-built-environment/125/23501





ROJAS, G.; ROJAS, P.; GONZÁLEZ-VIDOSA, F.; YEPES, V. (2012). Heuristic optimization of short corbels by smeared cracking finite element analysis. International Conference on Computer Aided Optimum Design in Engineering, 20-22 june. Computer Aided Optimum Design in Engineering XII. Vol. 125, pp. 71-82. Edited By: S. HERNANDEZ, University of A Coruña, Spain, C.A. BREBBIA, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK and W.P. DE WILDE, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. DOI: 10.2495/OP120071  ISSN: 1743-3509 (on line).



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Diseño automático de puentes pretensados con algoritmos heurísticos

Acaban de publicarnos un artículo donde se utilizan cuatro algoritmos heurísticos: Descent Local Search, Threshold Accepting Algorithm with Mutation Operation, Genetic Algorithm y Memetic Algorithm para el diseño automático de puentes pretensados.

Se puede descargar gratuitamente este artículo hasta el 10 de junio de 2017 en el siguiente enlace: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UwC15s1QSxbmc


YEPES, V.; MARTÍ, J.V.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.; GONZÁLEZ-VIDOSA, F. (2017). Heuristics in optimal detailed design of precast road bridges. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 17(4):738-749. DOI: 10.1016/j.acme.2017.02.006


This paper deals with the cost optimization of road bridges consisting of concrete slabs prepared in situ and two precast-prestressed U-shaped beams of self-compacting concrete. It shows the efficiency of four heuristic algorithms applied to a problem of 59 discrete variables. The four algorithms are the Descent Local Search (DLS), a threshold accepting algorithm with mutation operation (TAMO), the Genetic Algorithm (GA), and the Memetic Algorithm (MA). The heuristic optimization algorithms are applied to a bridge with a span length of 35 m and a width of 12 m. A performance analysis is run for the different heuristics, based on a study of Pareto optimal solutions between execution time and efficiency. The best results were obtained with TAMO for a minimum cost of 104184 euros. Among the key findings of the study, the practical use of these heuristics in real cases stands out. Furthermore, the knowledge gained from the investigation of the algorithms allows a range of values for the design optimization of such structures and pre-dimensioning of the variables to be recommended.


Optimization; Metaheuristics; Bridges; Overpasses; Structural design


Optimización heurística de muros de contrafuertes

Para empezar este año 2017, nada mejor que te comuniquen la publicación de un artículo de investigación el mismo día 1. Se trata en este caso de la utilización de algoritmos heurísticos híbridos para optimizar el coste de muros de contrafuertes. Se ha publicado en la revista Engineering Structures.

Como suele ser habitual en la editorial Elsevier, os podéis descargar GRATUITAMENTE el artículo hasta el 20 de febrero accediendo al siguiente enlace:



This paper represents an economic optimization of buttressed earth-retaining walls. We explore the optimum solutions using a harmony search with an intensification stage through threshold accepting. The calibration of the resulting algorithm has been obtained as a result of several test runs for different parameters. A design parametric study was computed to walls in series from 4 to 16 m total height. The results showed different ratios of reinforcement per volume of concrete for three types of ground fill. Our main findings confirmed that the most sensitive variable for optimum walls is the wall-friction angle. The preference for wall-fill friction angles different to 0 in project design is confirmed. The type of fill is stated as the main key factor affecting the cost of optimum walls. The design parametric study shows that the soil foundation bearing capacity substantially affects costs, mainly in coarse granular fills (F1). In that sense, cost-optimum walls are less sensitive to the bearing capacity in mixed soils (F2) and fine soils of low plasticity (F3). Our results also showed that safety against sliding is a more influential factor for optimum buttressed walls than the overturning constraint. Finally, as for the results derived from the optimization procedure, a more suitable rule of thumb to dimension the footing thickness of the footing is proposed.


Structural design; Heuristics; Harmony search; Cost optimization; Concrete structures


MOLINA-MORENO, F.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.; MARTÍ, J.V.; YEPES, V. (2017). Optimization of buttressed earth-retaining walls using hybrid harmony search algorithms. Engineering Structures, 134:205-216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.12.042



A postgraduate course on precast-prestressed concrete road bridges optimization

En los últimos años, tanto los estudios en ingeniería de grado como los de posgrado, están enfrentándose a grandes desafíos en España y en la mayor parte de Europa. La formación en, ingeniería, ciencias y tecnologías constituye una prioridad para el desarrollo económico y un factor fundamental en el contexto europeo. Los cursos convencionales de posgrado suelen complementar los conocimientos y competencias no adquiridas en el grado previo. Sin embargo, muchas de las antiguas ingenierías superiores en España se están reconvirtiendo en estudios de grado al que habría que unir otros de posgrado para alcanzar la titulación de máster, nivel ampliamente reconocido en la mayoría de países europeos. En este caso se encuentra el Máster Universitario en Ingeniería del Hormigón de la Universitat Politècnica de Valéncia que se inició en octubre de 2007 a partir del programa de doctorado del Departamento de Ingeniería de la Construcción y Proyectos de Ingeniería Civil, y que en este momento es uno de los pocos títulos de ingeniería reconocidos por el sello EUR-ACE ©. El objetivo del artículo es presentar los aspectos más importantes de una asignatura de dicho máster centrada en la optimización heurística de estructuras de hormigón. Su contenido docente es consecuencia del resultado del trabajo de investigación de los autores, constituyendo un claro ejemplo donde la docencia y la investigación se encuentran íntimamente relacionadas.

MARTÍ, J.V.; YEPES, V. (2015). A postgraduate course on precast-prestressed concrete road bridges optimization. 3rd International Conference on Mechanical Models in Structural Engineering CMMoST 2015, 24-26 de june, Seville (Spain), pp. 27-40. ISBN: 978-84-606-9356-7

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Heuristic optimization of RC bridge piers with rectangular hollow sections

Esta es la versión post-print de autor. La publicación se encuentra en: https://riunet.upv.es/handle/10251/50736, siendo el Copyright de Elsevier.

El artículo debe ser citado de la siguiente forma:

Martínez, FJ.; Gonzalez-Vidosa, F.; Hospitaler, A.; Yepes, V. (2010). Heuristic optimization of RC bridge piers with rectangular hollow sections. Computers and Structures. 88:375-386. doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2009.11.009

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Cost and CO2 emission optimization of precast-prestressed concrete U-beam road bridges by a hybrid glowworm swarm algorithm

Esta es la versión post-print de autor. La publicación se encuentra en: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2014.10.013, siendo el Copyright de Elsevier.

El artículo debe ser citado de la siguiente forma:

Yepes, V.; Martí, JV.; García-Segura, T. (2015). Cost and CO2 emission optimization of precast prestressed concrete U-beam road bridges by a hybrid glowworm swarm algorithm. Automation in Construction. 49:123-134. doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2014.10.013.

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