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The Next Generation of Infrastructure

The Next Generation of Infrastructure

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We increasingly depend on reliable and affordable supply of energy, water, transport, telecommunication and information services to improve livability and facilitate economic development. However, today’s infrastructure systems are drastically changing. They are becoming more and more web–based, interconnected and transnational, with increasingly fragmented public and private ownership, while new technologies are on their way. Sustainability, climate change, cybersecurity and resilience pose huge challenges. The capital need for investment in new infrastructures and upgrading of ageing infrastructures is tremendous. During this infrastructure course you will learn the need to examine these challenges from a new, combined engineering and social sciences perspective. Subsequently we will focus on the challenges that ’complex adaptive infrastructure systems’ pose for governance, management and decision–making in a world full of uncertainties. We will discuss resilience, ethical considerations and cybersecurity. We will introduce a selection of topics and analytical tools which will help you to analyze the adequacy of infrastructure systems and services, while dealing with the risks and vulnerabilities of infrastructure interdependencies. In our case studies, we will focus on topical developments and policies, such as sustainable energy transition, resilience, urbanization and its impact on infrastructures, the challenges of climate change, the nexus between energy, food and water scarcity, …

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Prof. Margot Weijnen holds the chair of Process and Energy Systems Engineering at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft. She is the founding and scientific director of Next Generation Infrastructures. She directed the TU Delft Inter-faculty Research Center on Design and Management of Infrastructures from 1998 until 2009. She served as a member of the Advisory Group on Energy for the European Commission, the Dutch Innovation Platform and the Netherlands General Energy Council. Among other current affiliations, she is a member of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy.

Specification: The Next Generation of Infrastructure

Duration 49 hours
Year 2020
Level Intermediate
Certificate Yes
Quizzes No

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