Australia Postgraduate Research Awards 2012 and 2013

The deterioration prediction, risk and budget forecasting methodology and algorithms are developed as part of a research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and industry partners. The partners of the project included RMIT University, Integrate Australia Pty Ltd, Municipal Association of Victoria, Brimbank City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Monash City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Kingston City Council.

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Fragility and Resilience of Bridges Subjected to Extreme Wave-Induced Forces

DR ISMAIL QESHTA

Dr Ismail Qeshta of RMIT University focused on developing fragility models for bridges subjected to extreme wave hazards such as floods, hurricanes and tsunamis for his PhD research project. According to him, the fragility models are useful for evaluating the different strengthening methods that can improve the resilience of the bridges.

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Smart Cities

Dr Kagiso Magowe and his team at Telecommunication and Civil Engineering Departments of RMIT University are engaged in Smart Cities projects that aim at developing IoT infrastructure solutions to maximise the usage and efficiency of public resources (mainly local government assets) using smart sensors.

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Green Concrete Produced with Industrial Waste

DR CHAMILA GUNASEKARA

Environmental sustainability is one of the most discussed topics nowadays. Taking a carbon free approach through adapting to renewable resources is in the best interest of the construction industry. Since the currently used Portland Cement is known for contributing to a high amount of CO2 emission, switching to sustainable alternatives such as alkali-activated materials, has been brought to attention. RMIT University is in the process of investigating techniques to increase the mechanical and durability properties of such environment-friendly substitutes.

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Smart Asset Management of Stormwater Pipes

DR HUU TRAN

Stormwater drainage pipe network is an imperative infrastructure. Given their importance in safely conveying stormwater across the drainage systems, proactive management of these assets can be considered a necessity. RMIT has developed a framework for smart asset management of the stormwater pipe network involving the CAMS Drainage software tool.

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RMIT Explores Novel Road Asset Management Strategies

DR DILAN ROBERT

Australia has over 900,000km road network which is its largest publicly-owned infrastructure, with a replacement value between $200 and $300 billion. The government spends approximately $20 billion per year on roads and plans to invest more than $75 billion towards transport infrastructure across Australia over the next 10 years. Considering the increasing and extreme value of this important infrastructure, it is essential to manage these assets via an efficient asset management system established nationwide.

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