D-to-MII Design to Manage Interconnected Infrastructures


Infrastructure managers face challenges by having to innovate and replace their ageing assets to facilitate new societal requirements and changing use(rs) taking into account cross-infrastructural requirements for design as well as efficient operations and maintenance. This research proposal seeks to develop guidelines and an asset management framework to manage responsive innovation for next generation infrastructure assets.

The guidelines will help overcome limitations in the plan- or design stages of replacement projects that have a negative impact on operations and maintenance of interconnected infrastructures. They focus on efforts and tools infrastructure managers develop and employ to address these issues. The framework supports infrastructure managers to identify key issues in maintenance and operation and facilitate coordination, synchronization or even joint development of specific cross infrastructural (asset management) solutions in innovative replacement projects.
The need to study and analyse cross-infrastructural collaboration increases as infrastructure replacements increasingly influence interconnected infrastructures and their management. This research analyses innovative cross-infrastructural replacement processes and explores lessons about how responsive innovations incorporate asset management interests and contributes to the develop of solutions. A PhD will participate in a community-of-practice (CoP) where practitioners from ongoing innovative cross-infrastructural replacement projects meet to analyse these collaborations and together identify a set of guidelines that could be used by infrastructure managers to employ future cross-infrastructural replacements. A postdoc simultaneously participates in the CoP and develops a framework that includes new and existing maintenance, design and decision support tools to safeguard cross-infrastructural asset management interests in innovative replacement projects.


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Main applicant

Prof. mr. dr. E.F. ten Heuvelhof

Affiliated with

Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management, Economie van Technologie en Innovatie

Team members

O.P. Rosok


01/09/2018 to 01/09/2021