Translation of civil engineering research into industry practice

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Translation of civil engineering research into industry practice

Anne Ng1, H. Tran2

It has been widely recognized that the rapid increase of global population, impacts of climate change, material deterioration and scarcity of natural resources require quality and safe service as well as effective and efficient management of infrastructure assets including water supply, drainage, bridge, pavement and building. These are significant challenges that have been gratefully addressed and tackled by robust and scholarly research works. Although research knowledge is being produced at an increasing rate, change in industry practice to reflect this knowledge translation has lagged behind. For instance, condition monitoring and condition prediction are two important tasks in the infrastructure asset management. For condition monitoring, the current management practice of concrete stormwater pipes in Australia still rely on the closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection to assess internal condition of pipes such as cracking, fractures, delamination for structural defects and tree roots and deposits for hydraulic defects. The CCTV inspection is considered a 20 year old technology with limited capability as compared to the more advanced techniques such as radar and ultrasound. In bridge management, the regular inspection is still being conducted by visual walk-through inspection while the more objective and more expensive inspection techniques are used when more accurate assessment is required...

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To cite this article: Ng A, Tran H. Translation of civil engineering research into industry practice. Journal of Advanced Civil Engineering Practice and Research 2017;5:1.

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