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Title: Simulating the impacts of policy scenarios on the sustainability performance of infrastructure projects
Authors: Yao, H
Shen, L
Tan, Y
Hao, J
Keywords: Infrastructure projects
Policy scenarios
Simulation
Sustainability performance
System dynamics
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Automation in construction, 2011, v. 20, no. 8, p. 1060-1069 How to cite?
Journal: Automation in construction 
Abstract: Sustainable development principles have been implemented in various sectors including the construction industry since it was published in the Brundtland Commission Report in 1987. In line with this development, implementation of infrastructure construction projects has been given particular attention as they have more significant impacts on the environment, society and economy. It is considered that proper development and operation of infrastructure projects such as highways can contribute significantly to the mission of sustainable development. However, there is little existing work to provide appropriate methods to assess the sustainability performance of infrastructure projects. The study described in this paper introduces a simulation model, using system dynamics principle, to evaluate the sustainability performance of highway infrastructure projects during the construction and operation stage. The study introduces the indicators which measure the sustainability performance of highway projects and identifies the dynamic factors affecting indicator performance by referring to the relevant feasibility studies of highway projects. A real highway project is presented to demonstrate the application of the simulation model in evaluating the sustainability performance of the project. The case study is used to explore the solutions for improving those poor sustainability performance areas through policy scenarios.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/30602
ISSN: 0926-5805
EISSN: 1872-7891
DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2011.04.007
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