A system of systems framework for the evaluation of critical infrastructure : the case of Changi international airport.
Date of Issue2010
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Critical Urban Infrastructures are always a crucial concern to any governments and their decision makers. Infrastructures based on the current demographic trend, future cities will provide residence for almost 70% of total global population in a few decades. However, we stand at a crossroad, that cities must change radically to achieve long-term sustainability and survivability. Shortage of energy, food and water resources, inadequate public transportation systems and other basic infrastructures, will constrain the potentials and diminish the quality of life in future cities. Moreover, natural disasters such as cyclone, earthquake and flooding and man-made disasters resulting from terrorism and negligence are emerging threats to the integrity of these critical urban infrastructures. How will we meet this immense challenge? The research aims at studying the challenges faced from a systems engineering (SE) and System of systems engineering (SoSE) perspectives on the issues of sustainability, resilience and design of urban critical infrastructure for future cities. It will come up with a framework to determine effectiveness of SoS approach on urban infrastructures and bring a usable conceptual tool for decision makers of future urban infrastructure. It is to go beyond the traditional engineering and management on large scale projects by using the System of Systems (SoS) approach. The SoS framework consists of two main steps of diagnosis and hierarchical analysis that could be combined with performance measurement.