Understanding the interfaces of transport infrastructure, new presentation slides described.
November 28, 2019
Photograph showing the view of the Circle line in Bayswater. The wall to the rear is the famous Lienster Gardens false facade. Source: Nathan Darroch.
Hello! I am still alive and have added some new slides to the "Presentations" page. My apologies to any followers who have been waiting for a new post. Now that I have finished my PhD, I shall hopefully have more time to add material to this site.
The slides present findings from my PhD research demonstrating the inter-connectivity and interdependence of transport infrastructure and its environment, using urban underground metro infrastructure as examples. Also shown are the basic principles of the research methodology I developed for my PhD research in to the analysis of interfaces of urban underground metro infrastructure and its environment.
My thesis argues that if employed for the analysis of interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment, the developed research methodology can enable standardised multi-disciplinary analysis of the interfaces between transport infrastructure and its environment.
Workflows showing the research and publication processes.
Source: Darroch, N., 2019.
However, gathering data is all well and good. To ensure effective use of that data, now and for the future, a process of verification, validation, and publication of that gathered data was also required. With two colleagues I therefore developed such a process to compliment the research methodology. The collective process is referred to as AIR (Asset Interface Register), thus creating the slogan "we all need AIR!"
Two very interesting questions, with very important potential outcomes were asked within the presentation.
The first was how applicable to BIM (Building Information Management) is the application of the conceptual framework? My response was that the conceptual framework; the application of the research methodology; and the method of data verification, validation, and publication, developed for my PhD research, are essential to effective use of BIM. This is because they allow evidence based, source referenced, verified and validated data to be input to the BIM models.
Through using such evidence based, source referenced, verified and validated data and through making it accessible to all departments within an organisation, and its interfacing stakeholders, effective decision making can occur.
Diagram showing how the research methodology and data produced feed into and are fed by departments within a business, based on TfL. Source: Darroch, N., 2019.
The second question I was asked was, is there any international standard relating to the identification and clarification of interfaces? To which, I responded that I did not believe so. Most standards presume an infrastructure/asset owner knows what their assets are. However, this is far from true when considering infrastructure that can be nearly two hundreds years old for much of the railway infrastructure in the UK.
I also commented that many standards only require an asset or infrastructure owner to maintain their own infrastructure. This seems to ignore the interconnected and interdependent nature of transport infrastructure and its environment. At the end of the day, transport infrastructure and its environment do not exist in isolation. Management of that transport infrastructure and its environment must therefore be analysed, manged, designed, and constructed in such a way to ensure the safe presence and operation of all interfacing stakeholders. Preferably using my research methodology and process of verification, validation, and publication 😂.
These principles are transferable to other international transport infrastructure and other types of infrastructure. It is my intention over coming years to continue undertaking analysis of such international examples, and other types of infrastructure interfaces, applying the conceptual framework and its related research methodology. Watch this space for more info!
If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please contact me. In the mean time, thank you for looking at this site, and I hope you enjoy the slides.
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