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Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer

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ISSN: 0965-0903
E-ISSN: 1751-7699

Impact Factor 0.148. 

Municipal Engineer publishes international peer reviewed research, best practice, case study and project papers reports. The journal covers the effect of civil engineering on local community such as technical issues, political interface and community participation, the sustainability agenda, cultural context, and the key dimensions of procurement, management and finance.

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    • - Municipal Engineer is currently recruiting a new Chair to serve as head of the editorial panel from November 2015 to 2018. Interested parties should contact the journal office for further information. CV's for consideration should be submitted to the journal office by Monday 1st June 2015. 

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  • Sustainable development indicators for major infrastructure projects
    Author(s): Daniel Gilmour; David Blackwood; Les Banks; Fergus Wilson
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  • The paper presents ongoing research to develop a sustainability enhancement framework for the major Dundee Central Waterfront urban re-development project. The enhancement concept recognises a need to ensure that sustainability is considered in decision-making at all stages of major projects to ensure a more sustainable outcome overall. The paper describes a set of procedures, developed by the authors and drawn from IT and knowledge management fields, to identify appropriate indicators and ensure the effective incorporation of sustainability issues throughout the Central Waterfront project decision-making processes. The procedures include the production of information flow diagrams to identify the wide range of stakeholders involved in the project and their means of interaction, and decision flow maps to identify and categorise use of the information by the stakeholders. The paper reviews current sustainability indicators related to infrastructure provision in the UK and Europe, emerging indicators from Scottish government, EU commission and research groups, and presents a set of strategic ‘sustainable development benchmark indicators’ suitable for enhancing the sustainability of the Central Waterfront project. Conclusions are drawn on the appropriateness of the indicators for assessing sustainable infrastructure provision.
  • Future skill sets for the municipal engineer
    Author(s): Martin W. Cooper; Jeff Ashurst
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  • Municipal engineering, at one time the career of choice for many civil engineers, has changed, as has the manner in which municipal works are now delivered. This paper looks at what the municipal engineer does, where the work is done and the skill sets required to perform the work. New skill sets, required for the future, are then examined against a background of changes in legislation together with environmental pressures affecting local authorities. The information has been examined to show what the skill sets of the engineer of the future might be and how the municipal engineer might need to change in order to meet future challenges. Account is taken of the authors' experience in local government and private industry. Visits were made to seven local authorities in the north west of England and a staff questionnaire was conducted in the region in order that data could be gathered on the topic.
  • Resistance and resilience – paradigms for critical local infrastructure
    Author(s):  Christopher D. F. Rogers; Christopher J. Bouch; Stephen Williams; Austin R. G. Barber; Christopher J. Baker; John R. Bryson; David N. Chapman; Lee Chapman; Jon Coaffee; Ian Jefferson; Andrew D. Quinn
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  • ‘Critical infrastructure’ generally refers to significant pieces of plant and equipment, such as power stations and motorways. High population densities in cities, and the increasing interconnectedness of the services and supply chains that sustain them, mean local infrastructure is equally important. Local infrastructure must be able to cope with system shocks, whether from natural hazards, terrorism or catastrophic failures. Engineering design plays a major part in achieving this, but shocks will occur that overwhelm even the most conservative design. Local infrastructure must therefore be able to adapt to, and recover from, shocks: it must be resilient. Local infrastructure has evolved with little consideration for resilience of the interconnected system as a whole, whereas resilience has been the subject of much research in many other systems. This paper explores the lessons that local infrastructure can learn from such research by reviewing literature related to resilience of ecological, economic, physical infrastructure, community/social and government systems. A critical analysis highlights the factors affecting resilience and different approaches that need to be taken into account when attempting to model infrastructure at a local scale. The ultimate aim is to provide an evidence base on which to build resilience into various infrastructures and direct future local infrastructure resilience research in an age of austerity.
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  • Green hubs, social inclusion and community engagement
    Author(s): Hilary Burrage
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  • This paper proposes a possible framework to examine ideas about public space in relation to culture, knowledge, community engagement and inclusion. It does not seek to challenge current ideas about the sustainable development of public space but rather to offer some additional and interlinked perspectives arising from wider debates on the importance of culture and knowledge in resilience, engagement, community cohesion and sense of place. Green space can be an agent for social cohesion and the sustainable development and inter-connectedness of communities. The shift required to achieve this is to perceive green space not just as a benign and pleasant passive context but as a potentially proactive force for community sustainability, cohesion and engagement, and wider social inclusion – to move from conventional ideas about green ‘space’ to the more nuanced idea of green ‘hubs’ as one way to enhance communities' wellbeing through genuine stakeholder engagement and inclusion. How this shift might be achieved is a complex matter, comprising a combination of skilled professional input and the particular insights that only residents and citizens ‘on the ground’ can provide in any given instance.
  • Environmental benefits of new waste management facilities in Manchester, UK
    Author(s): Christopher Mannall; Martin Chinn
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  • In 2002, the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority drew up a long term strategy for improving recycling rates, providing waste processing and achieving resource and energy recovery. This strategy recognises the imperative to reduce disposal of biodegradable waste to landfill and thereby to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon dioxide footprint arising from the conventional disposal of municipal waste. To implement the strategy, a £3·8 billion, 25-year private finance initiative contract was developed and awarded in April 2009 for the construction and operation of waste disposal facilities to process domestic refuse arising from nine of the ten boroughs within Greater Manchester. The new facilities include 25 household waste recycling centres, seven transfer loading stations, four in-vessel composting plants, a materials recovery facility and five mechanical biological treatment plants. This paper describes environmental benefits arising from the scheme including increased recycling rates, optimisation of carbon impact from transportation, energy from waste (by way of combined heat and power from generating and utilising biogas arising from on-site anaerobic digestion facilities), nutrient capture and recycling (through British Standard PAS100 and Animal By-product Regulations compliant composting) and improved environmental performance (including odour control) of the upgraded facilities.
  • Upgrading historic cities by integrated and innovative solutions
    Author(s): L. Zhu; R. Goethert
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  • During the ongoing rapid urbanisation process, many Chinese cities have redeveloped their inner city with large-scale demolishment and relocation. Yangzhou has adopted a different approach, and is actively taking measures to save and improve its historic centre. A substantial historical area of 5·1 km2 with about 110 000 residents, characterised by one- to two-storey traditional courtyard buildings and narrow lanes, remains. The old city is a rich heritage resource attractive to both tourists and residents. However, the houses are in disrepair, the infrastructure is insufficient and the historic area is facing an increasing risk of deterioration. To link heritage preservation with the improvement of living conditions, the Yangzhou municipal government, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Cities Alliance have embarked on a programme of sustainable urban conservation by upgrading traditional urban neighbourhoods and supporting self-help initiatives. In a pilot block, integrated concepts were developed. Innovative technical solutions appropriate to the narrow lanes were designed and tested. Infrastructure was installed and standards were developed. Concepts and measures of ecological water cycle management were introduced at the municipal level. Residents were involved through a community action planning (CAP) approach. They agreed on appropriate standards and became involved in upgrading their houses and lane façades. The initial successful experience is being planned for use throughout the entire historical area. Expanding the process as a model for other historic cities in China is also being considered.
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