Rail projects and PPPs

By David Baxter, Sr. Fellow – There is no doubt that rail transportation forms a very important role in economic growth and is an important force in the development of manufacturing and export economies. Many countries have expansive railway networks, which are critical transportation arteries for commerce as well as expanding populations that seek a reliable form of transportation that[…]

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Why do some countries recover faster now from natural hazards than they did before?

By Dr Harvey Hill, scholar – We often read about massive losses in human lives and damage to infrastructure, economic output and the environment due to hurricanes, typhoons, Super Storms, earthquakes and tsunamis. Less often do we read about events that produce less damage and fatalities than similar previous events have in the same region. Two examples of this are: 1)[…]

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Subsurface infrastructure (part II)

By Dr. Geert Roovers, scholar – In our more and more crowded and connected world adequate and modern infrastructure is a backbone of sustainable development. This infrastructure comprises – for example – transport-infrastructure, pipelines, high-tech cables and energy-assets, often in densely used urbanized areas. As urbanization is rapidly growing, sustainable management of this infrastructure is becoming difficult. First, sustainable management[…]

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Power Up?

By Tjeerd Burger, young professional – Take a look at this simple map, just taken from Wikepedia, and imagine what could explain the difference in color between the different European countries. And yes, it has to do with infrastructure. The map represents the different railway electrification systems used in Europe: 750 V DC 1,5 kV  DC 3 kV DC 15 kV, 16,7[…]

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Resolving Complex Water Conflicts

In negotiations over the use of water resources, a zero-sum approach (meaning gains to one party are always balanced by losses to others) is generally taken. However, if the stakeholders in (boundary crossing) water projects set as their goal that they ought to try to meet the objectives of the various stakeholders simultaneously, there is a chance they will be[…]

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Resilience of Waterway Systems

Resilience of waterway systems – an explorative study of the American, Dutch and German waterway systems Arjan HIJDRA, Maarten van der VLIST, Jos ARTS Waterway systems are sometimes regarded as ancient types of transportation infrastructure, but in some major western societies these systems have remained a cornerstone for the economy. Assets, such as navigations locks, are crucial elements in these[…]

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