Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management

Toward Safer and more Secure Civil Infrastructures driven by Developing Technologies

Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management
PD (Program Director)
Yozo Fujino(Distinguished Professor, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Yokohama National University)

Yozo Fujino graduated from Department of Civil Engineering, at the University of Tokyo in 1972. After completing his Master's degree (Civil Engineering) at the University of Tokyo, he received the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in 1976. He joined the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo; the Institute of Structural Engineering at the University of Tsukuba; and Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 1990, he was appointed as a professor of Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2014, he joined the Yokohama National University, and has served in his current position from October 2014. He is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. His expertise includes structures, vibration control and monitoring of civil infrastructures with emphasis on bridges. He was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon of Honor from the Emperor of Japan in 2007, and the 2015 Hattori Hoko Award (The Hattori Hokokai Foundation), among others.

1. Outline

In Japan, amid the aging of infrastructures, emerging risk of a serious accident such as the Sasago tunnel accident in 2012, and the increase in maintenance and repair expenditures are topics of concern. Systematic infrastructure management utilizing new technologies is essential both for preventing accidents based on preventive maintenance system and minimizing life cycle cost of infrastructures under the conditions of the tight financial grounds and the decreasing number of skilled engineers. Particularly, technologies that utilize the world's most advanced ICRT* are expected to create new business opportunities in the existing infrastructure maintenance market and to offer business expansion opportunities into Asian countries that face similar problems
To achieve this, we will improve the standard of maintenance by using low-cost preventive maintenance while stressing the necessity to match the needs of infrastructure maintenance with the seeds of technical development, and developing new technologies into more attractive technologies that can be used on-site. By achieving this, we aim at contributing to regional revitalization, as well as maintaining the important internal infrastructures to high standard while backing up a variety of regional economic activities. Furthermore, we will create an attractive and ongoing maintenance market and build a base for overseas expansion based on successful regional examples.
*ICRT: ICT( Information and Communication Technology) + IRT( Information and Robot Technology)