Population growth and rising living standard impose an insatiable demand on dwindling resources needed to deliver and maintain critical infrastructure such as housing, transportation, energy generation and water supply. The construction and operation of such infrastructure generate huge amount of solid and liquid waste products and greenhouse gases which require costly treatment and disposal to minimise the impact on the earth’s environment and its inhabitants. There is also compelling evidence that climate change associated with global warming has increased the severity and frequency of natural hazards, particularly wind storms, flooding and bush fires, which threaten the integrity of these infrastructure, in both safety and serviceability. The aims of CIE’s Sustainability theme are to reduce the demands on resources, to develop strategies to reduce, treat and dispose/recycle waste products and to devise solutions to minimise the impact of natural hazards on infrastructure.

CIE and school-based researchers are addressing these challenges imposed on future and existing infrastructure by undertaking fundamental and applied research, in partnership with government agencies, industry and communities, that utilise sophisticated state-of-the-art simulation and test facilities and methodologies, including numerical modelling/simulation, remote sensing, physical testing and field study. The research outcome will enhance the resilience, efficiency, productivity and liveability of industry and urban habitats.