Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure: bridges, culverts and flood ways

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Salford Centre for Disaster Resilience is the only international partner in a major research collaboration entitled: “Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure: bridges, culverts and flood ways”.

This Aus $ 5.3 million 5 year project is led by RMIT University, Australia and other partners include, University of Melbourne, University of Southern Queensland, Transport and Main Roads Queensland, Attorney Generals Department, VicRoads, Roads corporation of Victoria, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Municipal association of Victoria and Roads and Maritime Services, New South Wales.

Planned outcomes of this project include:

  • Quantitative evaluation of vulnerability of road structures under multi hazards of fire, flood, earthquake and climate change
  • Social, Environmental and Economic consequences of failure: community, emergency services staff and road/local government authorities.
  • Input for decision support at local government and state road authorities
  • A generic research methodology which can be applied to other infrastructure such as transmission towers, and water infrastructure

This project is funded by the Australian government  under the newly established Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC). This CRC is starting to build and expand research efforts into other natural hazards.

The Australian Government has contributed up to $47 million over eight years to this scheme to develop a complementary natural hazards research program into flood, earthquake, cyclone and tsunami events.

This increased investment in research will improve approaches to mitigation, operational responses and community resilience to natural hazards. This The expanded focus of the new CRC appropriately reflects the impact of broader natural hazards on the Australian community.

“This research will help us in filling a major gap in current research by developing assessment techniques and tools to quantify the vulnerability of road structures and the resultant impact on the community resilience, along with RMIT and rest of the team”, commented Professor Amaratunga from Salford Centre for Disaster Resilience.