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ASCE JIS Editor Approves Special Collections Focused on Economics and Finance

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Approval: Dr. Sue McNeil, Editor in Chief of ASCE JIS approved, in June 2019, a special collections initiative themed "Economics and Finance in Civil Infrastructure Development: New Contexts, Methodologies, and Case Studies."

Motivation: The articles in this collection are intended to show new perspectives, methodologies, and experiences on how financial or economic considerations could help (or have helped) drive decisions related to the planning, design, construction, operations, or maintenance of civil infrastructures (transport, water, energy, and so on).

Contents: The paper topics will be expected to include:

  • New analytical tools efficiently allocating resources among competing programs;
  • New or promising sources of infrastructure financing; New perspectives of initial or life-cycle costing of alternatives for infrastructure design, materials, maintenance, and operations;
  • Lessons from case studies of cost-effective designs, materials, or operational policies;
  • Cost savings in construction management;
  • Economic evaluation of new generation vehicles (connected, autonomous, electric, and so on);
  • The economics of new technologies for infrastructure inspection & monitoring;
  • New techniques in highway cost allocation;
  • New technologies for direct user charging;
  • Corruption in infrastructure delivery; Innovations in infrastructure financing;
  • New evidence of economic development impacts of transportation investments and policies.

Editors: The co-editors of the special issue are:

  • Dr. Samuel Labi, professor of transportation and infrastructure systems engineering in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. He is the director of Purdue's University Transportation Center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and the Next Generation Transportation Systems Center.
  • Dr. Rui Cunha Marques, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Dr. Ananth Iyer, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and the management department head at Purdue's Krannert School of Management. He is currently the Director of DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises).
  • Dr. Shuai Li, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dates and Submission Information:

  • The target date for submission of papers is January 31, 2020.
  • Review rounds are expected to take place until May 31, 2020.
  • Final papers will be submitted by June 30, 2020.

For paper submission, authors should visit the ASCE JIS paper submission site.
(If the submitter is a first-time user of the ASCE JIS portal, they should click on the word "Register" in the navigation bar at the top of the page and enter the requested information.)