Civil engineering infrastructure is aging and deteriorating, an issue, remediation of which involves huge maintenance and replacement costs. At the same time, due to the growth of the population/transportation, the need for infrastructure keeps increasing. These aspects need to be balances within the context of sustainability and reduction of CO2 emissions allocated to the construction community.
The conference aims at identifying and discussing the “Grand Challenges” (of which there are many) in construction materials, and potential solutions to these. Focus is placed on identifying groupings of challenges, research directions for the academic community, and industry to undertake towards solution of such anticipated challenges. As such, in potential submissions, authors, and speakers are expected to identify a “grand challenge” with some level of specificity, and discuss how the outcomes of their research present a part of, or a complete solution to such challenge(s).
Speakers are expected to motivate a challenge faced by the construction industries, and detail how their research removes completely, or in part, such a challenge.