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Engineers have great challenge to build sustainable infrastructure

The Doctor in Structural Engineering Eric Hernández gave a lecture on "Systems of Intelligent Infrastructures" in the INTEC in which he cited the benefits of this type of systems

Engineers have great challenge to build sustainable infrastructure

SANTO DOMINGO. The great challenge facing the civil Engineers now it is to get the buildings that they build are truly integrated with the natural systems of their environment, such as green areas, rivers, seas y streams, so that they really are sustainable.

When dictating the conference "Smart Infrastructure System for Natural Disasters", which organized the Research Group in Structural Engineering and Earthquake-Resistant of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Hernández explained that intelligent Systems They have the ability to perceive their environment and react to it to improve or adapt their behavior. 

These are characterized by their ability to measure what happens in their environment, work with estimation algorithms and control, and deploy adaptability.

This type of infrastructure, he pointed out, is based on the concept of internet of things and allows home appliances and air conditioning systems and home security, connect with mobile equipment, laptops, vehicles and interact to learn our behavior patterns and preferences, so that they perform different tasks without receiving a direct indication.

"In the case of civil engineering, creating smart structures refers to teaching new tricks to old or pre-existing infrastructures," he said, and pointed out that this is where the Civic As a branch of engineering that combines civil engineering with electronics, "the civil engineer must connect with the digital world."

Smart systems can improve the resilience of the cities before the passage of natural disasters as Hurricanes, sismos, floods and others.

Hernandez is Associate professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Vermont, United States, where he directs the Laboratory for Monitoring, Diagnosis and Forecasting of Structures. His research is aimed at developing algorithms and technologies to monitor and evaluate the integrity and reliability of infrastructure systems and reduce the risk of catastrophic failures.

His conference at INTEC, where he also taught several years ago, was coordinated by a research group specialized in structural engineering y earthquake-resistant, which brings together a team of researchers with high-level studies in civil engineering with the aim of contributing to disaster prevention in highly vulnerable regions.

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