Reconstruction of transportation infrastructure with high complexity: Mitigating strategies for effective post-disaster reconstruction

Elnaz Safapour, Sharareh Kermanshachi

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Abstract

The reconstrcution of transport infrastructure is crucial in the restoration of emergency responses and other recovery procedures that are vital to communities following natural disasters, amid a chaotic and complex post-disaster environment. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine and classify the key factors that are innate in the reconstruction complexity of transportation infrastructure (CRTs), and to develop a list of effective strategies to address and minimize the complexity of the projects. To fulfill the study's objectives, the existing literature was comprehensively reviewed and potential CRTs were identified. Then, a structured survey was designed, using the potential CRTs to collect data and information related to completed post-disaster reconstruction. After statistically analyzing the results, it was concluded that ineffective information management and coordination significantly escalate the complexity level of reconstruction projects, and shortages of materials and equipment make the reconstruction of transport infrastructure damaged by disasters highly complex. The results also showed that centralizing the necessary information regarding reconstruction projects would be of significant value to those involved in future disaster recovery. The results of this study will help authorities allocate resources effectively so that they can adopt the most beneficial strategies and mitigate serious consequenses of project complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021
Subtitle of host publicationTransportation Planning and Development - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2021
EditorsChandra R. Bhat
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages191-200
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483541
StatePublished - 2021
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development, ICTD 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 8 2021Jun 10 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2021

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development, ICTD 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/8/216/10/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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