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Widening engineering horizons: Addressing the complexity of sustainable development

Fenner, RA and Ainger, CM and Cruickshank, HJ and Guthrie, PM (2006) Widening engineering horizons: Addressing the complexity of sustainable development. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability, 159. pp. 145-154. ISSN 1478-4629

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Abstract

The complex, fragmented and diverse aspects of a sustainable development perspective are translated into an eight-point framework that defines a problem boundary larger than that traditionally adopted by civil engineers. This leads to practical questions intended to inform engineers who ask 'am I being sustainable?' during project implementation. The value of the questions is tested against a case history of a wastewater treatment project. This demonstrates the relevance of the questions to successive project delivery phases of defining the problem, choosing a solution and implementing that solution through design, construction and operation. The case history highlights that answers to several of the additional questions raised by considering this wider problem space are currently buried within government and clients' policies, regulations and standard practice; these answers may not be accessible to the professional engineer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design methods & aids Infrastructure planning Social impact
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:22
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 19:03
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