Developing a Sustainable Urban Environment through Teaching Asset Management at a Postgraduate Level

Thorpe, David and Aghili, Nasim (2022) Developing a Sustainable Urban Environment through Teaching Asset Management at a Postgraduate Level. In: Climate Emergency - Managing, Building, and Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals: Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS 2020). Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 151-161. ISBN 978-3-030-79449-1

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More than half of the world’s population live in cities, with this proportion expected to grow over time. Cities and other urban areas tend to be significant consumers of natural resources and producers of greenhouse gases. The effective sustainable management of their assets is therefore critical in ensuring that they achieve and maintain a positive living environment that provides safety and security for their citizens while achieving sustainable management goals. A significant contributor to the achievement of this goal is a modern and sustainable asset management process that facilitates well planned and managed roads and other infrastructure, such as water supply, sewerage and communication systems. Developing, managing and maintaining a sustainable urban environment is underpinned by comprehensive asset management systems, supported by other processes, such as risk management, management of engineering projects and taking a strategic approach to managing assets on a life cycle basis. The use of advanced approaches, such as building information modelling (BIM), geographical information systems (GIS), improved asset planning and design, and automated data collection supports these systems. The effective education of engineers and other professionals in advanced asset management is considered to have a major role in developing the strategic asset management leaders who can implement these advanced processes. To meet this requirement, the University of Southern Queensland has developed and updated on an ongoing basis a postgraduate engineering management course in asset management, along with related courses in areas like risk management and project management. These courses take a strategic approach to developing their students and are integrated where possible with relevant standards and systems. Initiatives to incorporate modern asset development and management approaches through utilising them to educate strategic asset managers of the future are discussed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Surveying and Built Environment (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 01:49
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 01:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability; Education; Asset Management; Urban Environment; Building Information Modelling
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1299 Other Built Environment and Design > 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3399 Other built environment and design > 339999 Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4010 Engineering practice and education > 401003 Engineering practice
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8599 Other Energy > 859999 Energy not elsewhere classified
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 17 ENERGY > 1705 Environmentally sustainable energy activities > 170599 Environmentally sustainable energy activities not elsewhere classified
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
12 CONSTRUCTION > 1206 Environmentally sustainable construction activities > 120699 Environmentally sustainable construction activities not elsewhere classified
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