A framework for valuing the human dimensions of engineered systems

A framework for valuing the human dimensions of engineered systems.
Simm, J.D.
Engineering Sustainability, 165 (3). (2013)

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Abstract:As well as safely delivering their basic functions, ethical considerations suggest that sustainably engineered systems should wherever possible offer related amenity and aesthetic value and be socially connected to the communities they serve. Given the evident gap in assessment tools in this area, semi-structured interviews and case study work have been conducted with engineering practitioners in the field of flood and coastal risk management and with community members and activists, to identify a way in which these human dimensions of existing engineered structures and systems might be assessed and scored/ranked in a manner consistent with their technical assessment. The approach is founded on a trinitarian framework of Order/Security, Belonging/Justice and Imagination/Inspiration which reflects both Vitruvius’ original architectural principles (strength, utility and beauty) and insights drawn from key thinkers from a wide range of disciplines. Ideas and concerns about the practical assessment and delivery of human dimensions within the framework are discussed.
Item Type:Article
Subjects:Floods > Coastal erosion and flooding
Floods > General
ID Code:679
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