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International Symposia For Next Generation Infrastructure
ISNGI, London – 11–13th September 2017: Call for paper and poster abstracts

Mon 11th September 2017 - Wed 13th September 2017,

As a society, we have high expectations of infrastructure systems. For example, we expect them to foster long–term and sustainable economic growth across all regions; improve the UK’s international competitiveness; and improve the quality of life of current and future generations. If we are to come close to achieving these long–term objectives, we need to develop effective approaches to address system–wide problems.

Next generation infrastructure (NGI) systems need to be conceived, designed and created, operated, maintained, regulated and governed with sustainability and resilience to system problems as core objectives. Furthermore, a similar approach is needed for the management and maintenance of existing infrastructure systems, which provide the context from which the NGI needs to grow; i.e., we need to develop and complement and/or progressively replace our existing infrastructure systems.

NGI needs to be adaptable to changing context and needs, which in turn means that it must be smart: monitored using appropriate sensing technologies to assess performance (and maintenance needs), and reactive to this monitoring in its operation. Moreover, it needs to both serve and connect cities of the future, and therefore satisfy the needs of citizens, societies and economies of the far future. This requires an understanding of citizens, societies and cities of the future – how people will live, work and spend their leisure time.

Moving towards an outcome–focused model for NGI requires a full appreciation of the value that is realised by our infrastructure systems, and this enables the formation of alternative business models for innovation–led infrastructure system delivery at a range of scales from local through national to global systems.

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