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City Infrastructure Ontologies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ross Stirling



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Sustainable urban infrastructure planning and maintenance require an integrated approachthat considers various infrastructure assets (e.g., the ground, roads, and buried pipes) andtheir inter-linkages as a holistic system. To facilitate the usage of this integrated approach,we propose a model of city infrastructure assets and their interdependencies, providing detailson how asset properties and processes a ect each other. This model is represented asontologies in OWL 2 Web Ontology Language Manchester Syntax, which can be read andinterpreted by machines automatically. These ontologies cover the classi cations, propertiesand processes of the ground, roads and buried water pipes, as well as some related humanactivities and natural phenomena (e.g., precipitation). The ontologies not only provide afoundation for integrating various types of infrastructure and environmental data, but alsofor understanding the potential knock-on e ects of asset failures. The ontologies have beenutilised in a decision support system for integrated urban inter-asset management.

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Author(s): Du H, Wei L, Dimitrova V, Magee D, Clarke B, Collins R, Entwisle D, Torbaghan ME, Curioni G, Stirling R, Reeves H, Cohn AG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems

Year: 2023

Volume: 104

Print publication date: 01/08/2023

Online publication date: 08/06/2023

Acceptance date: 22/05/2023

Date deposited: 08/06/2023

ISSN (print): 0198-9715

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7587

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2023.101991


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