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Digital Infrastructures : Enabling Civil and Environmental Systems through Information Technology - Thomas Horan

Digital Infrastructures

Enabling Civil and Environmental Systems through Information Technology

By: Thomas Horan (Editor), Rae Zimmerman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th October 2004
ISBN: 9780415324601
Number Of Pages: 272

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An invisible network of digital technology systems underlies the highly visible networks of roads, waterways, satellites, and power-lines. Increasingly, these systems are becoming the "infrastructure's infrastructure," providing a crucial array of data on network demand, performance, reliability, and security. "Digital Infrastructures" presents an interdisciplinary analysis of the technological systems that envelop these networks. The book balances analyses of specific civil and environmental infrastructures with broader policy and management issues, including the challenges of using IT to manage these critical systems under crises conditions.
"Digital Infrastructures" addresses not only the technological dimension but, importantly, how social, organizational and environmental forces affect how IT can be used to manage water, power, transport and telecommunication systems. The book is organized four sections. First, fundamental themes of policy, management, and technology are presented to frame the domain of digital infrastructures. Second, the way in which information technologies are applied in specific infrastructure sectors provides an in-depth assessment of what the advantages and disadvantages have been over time. Third, cross-cutting themes of economics, earth systems engineering, and international sustainability show how various systems perspectives approach some of the barriers to integrating information technology and infrastructure. Finally, the concluding section looks at some of the new directions and challenges being posed by issues such as security.
"Digital Infrastructures" is the first integrated treatment of how IT technology is fundamentally affecting how critical infrastructures are managed. It is geared to provide the new infrastructure professional with state of the art concepts, methods, and examples for use in creating public policies, strategic plans, and new systems. It will be an essential book for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in infrastructure management, critical infrastructure, environmental systems management, and management of IT systems.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Overviewp. 1
What are Digital Infrastructures?p. 3
Technology and Engineering Dimensions: Collecting and Interpreting New Information for Civil and Environmental Infrastructure Managementp. 19
Management Challengesp. 37
Policy Perspectivesp. 57
Infrastructure Sectorsp. 73
Waterp. 75
Transportationp. 96
Electricityp. 116
Telecommunications: Catastrophe and Recovery in the Information Cityp. 141
Crosscutting Themesp. 153
Economic Impacts: The Growing Use of Information Technology in Infrastructure Industriesp. 155
Infrastructure and IT Dimensions in the Developing Worldp. 179
Green Design and Intelligent Buildingsp. 203
Infrastructure in the Age of Earth Systems Engineering and Management (ESEM)p. 219
Conclusionp. 235
Themes and New Directionsp. 237
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780415324601
ISBN-10: 0415324602
Series: Networked Cities Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26th October 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1