Sustainable Solutions for Aging Infrastructure
Canada’s infrastructure is aging, and much of it is in urgent need of repair or replacement. For example, due to aging or increased traffic, many bridges built in the fifties and sixties have deteriorated to the point of being functionally obsolete.
Many components of Canada’s municipal infrastructure—including water, waste water, storm water, and road systems—are also in poor or very poor condition. As well, waterfront infrastructure in coastal regions is vulnerable to rising sea-levels, flooding, erosion, storm, and corrosion. Yet many waterfronts are considered important cultural landmarks that should be repaired and maintained properly.
Dr. Pedram Sadeghian, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure, is exploring sustainable solutions that can be applied to different features of our infrastructure. He and his research team are using advanced materials and innovative structural systems (such as fibre-reinforced polymer composites) to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and build new infrastructure that will offer longer and better service along with less environmental impact.
Sadeghian believes it is vital to Canada’s economy that cost-effective, durable materials and innovative structural systems be explored to ensure that any new infrastructure we build offers superior performance and durability. His research is supporting this goal while also working to extend the useful lives of existing infrastructure components so they can maintain their service levels and support new developments.