Building an Efficient Civil Infrastructure
Canada’s civil infrastructure is worth more than $3 trillion and its health is one of the keys to our economic prosperity. It includes such fundamental elements as roads, sewers, water lines and power plants, and such dramatic elements as suspension bridges, skyscrapers and tunnels driven miles through hard rock.
Dr. Carl Haas, Canada Research Chair in Construction and Management of Sustainable Infrastructure, is working on ways to construct and manage this civil infrastructure in a sustainable manner, so that our children will be left with a valuable legacy.
Haas is working to develop a number of effective tools and systems, including decision-support systems, management tools, benchmarking systems and electronic product and process management systems.
In addition, Haas is creating state-of-the-art sensing technologies that can feed information into these decision-support and management systems. He is also working on novel ways to preserve our infrastructure by reducing stress factors on the people responsible for its construction and preservation.
A well built, well managed civil infrastructure can have dramatic positive effects on the global competitiveness of our economy and our overall well-being. Haas' research is contributing to our ability to turn this goal into reality.