Public Private Partnerships: as a Public Infrastructure Optimizer (Civil Project)

A public private partnership is an alternative to procurement of the facility by the public sector, using funding from tax revenues or public borrowing. In a typical public sector procurement, the public authority sets out the specifications and design of the facility, calls for bids on the basis if this detailed design, and pays for construction of the facility by […]

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Construction of Highway Base and Subbase Layers Containing Residue from an Atmospheric Fluidized Bed Combustion Process (Civil Project)

This report summarizes findings of laboratory and construction evaluations of using residue from an atmospheric fluidized bed combustion (AFBC) process as a component in an experimental road base and subbase application. The base mixture contains pulverized fuel ash, AFBC residue, and limestone aggregates used as bulk filler. The subbase mixture contains AFBC residue and pond ash (ponded fly ash and […]

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Comparison of the two Micro-Simulation Software AIMSUN & SUMO for Highway Traffic Modelling (Civil Project)

In order to make good decisions in transportation, decision-makers need some references to support the decision. One source for such reference is to perform a micro-simulation; a model for representing real-world conditions including the behavior of travelers, vehicles and the infrastructure. This study will examine and present a comparison between AIMSUN (a commercial micro-simulation software) and SUMO (a non-commercial micro-simulation […]

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How Improved Rail Infrastructure Will Affect Property Values in Northern Stockholm

This report aims to determine the economical benefits of improved public transport in some of Stockholms northern suburbs that are strategic locations for further urbanization. The correlation between public transport (PT) and property values will be explored. How will the PT scenarios that are suggested here increase the value of real estate in the regional focal points? How can the […]

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Philosophical Perspectives on Sustainable Development With a Focus on the Urban Poor (Civil Project)

The study discusses sustainable development related to the urban poor in informal settlements. It includes also a case study of how the Municipality of Taboão da Serra, a city in the periphery area to SaoPaulo, work for upgrading the favelas. It discusses issues such as which strategies for slum upgrading that are used and which philosophical theories the upgrading projects […]

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Modelling Sediment Connectivity in Swedish Catchments and Application for Flood Prediction of Roads (Civil Project)

Climate changes are predicted to increase precipitation intensities and occurrence of extreme rainfall events in the near future. Scandinavia has been identified as one of the most sensitive regions in Europe to such changes; therefore, an increase in the risk for flooding, landslides and soil erosion is to be expected also in Sweden. An increase in the occurrence of extreme […]

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The Design of an Overpass Crossing on Railway in Mirny, Arkhangelska Oblast, Russia (Civil Project)

Bridge design and construction practice in former USSR, especially Russia, is not much known to the foreign engineers. Many advanced structural theories and construction practices have been established. In 1931, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “There can be little doubt that in many ways the story of bridge building is the story of civilization. By it, we can readily measure a […]

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Integrated Management of Highway Maintenance and Traffic (Civil Project)

Highway maintenance, especially pavement rehabilitation or resurfacing, requires lane closures. This work develops an integrated model to help highway agencies in developing traffic control plans for maintenance activities and in efficiently managing traffic around highway work zones. Thus, the objective of this study is to develop methods for optimizing work zone characteristics in order to minimize the combined total costs […]

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An Alignment Optimization Model for a Simple Highway Network

A new highway addition to an existing road network is typically considered for improving traffic performance in that road network. However, finding the new highway that best improves the existing network is a very complex problem since many factors affect the road construction. Besides changes in traffic flow patterns due to the new highway, various costs associated with highway construction […]

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