AIC 2018 - Transporation Infrastructure Engineering in Cold Regions


Transportation Infrastructure Engineering in Cold Regions





Communities in the Arctic and other cold regions are strongly dependent on well-functioning transportation infrastructure to sustain business opportunities, health and general well-being. For isolated communities (most coastal Arctic communities) regional or international travel and transportation must rely on air or sea transport. A harsh climate and unstable weather conditions impact constructions and make navigation challenging.

Faced with social and industrial changes, transportation infrastructure in these regions must be adapted to larger traffic loads and changing transportation patterns. At the same time, climate change impacts on permafrost and ground stability, sea ice distribution and properties, changing wave regimes etc., pose severe challenges to transportation infrastructure.


The ARTEK International Conference 2018 offers an opportunity for participants from the industry, the public sector, the science community and other stakeholders to present, discuss and exchange ideas and experience on how to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain transportation infrastructure in cold regions.




The topical sessions of the conference are:


Harbors and offshore constructions  

Design, construction and operation of harbors and offshore structures. Ice and wave impacts on structures. Ice-induced vibration. Ice gouging, coastal erosion and sediment redistribution. Structural reliability in a changing climate.


Vessel and boat traffic in icy waters  

Ice loads from sea ice and glacial ice. Design and strength of ships. Ship performance in ice, including ice resistance. Risk and safety. Regulations.


Linear infrastructure  

Roads, power- and pipelines, sewers. Design and maintenance issues. Technical adaptation solutions. Design and maintenance approaches in permafrost regions.


Airports and other large constructions  

Airstrips and other large constructions on land. Site investigations and material properties. Design solutions and operating conditions. Design and maintenance approaches in permafrost regions.


Navigation, Positioning and Communication Systems  

Maritime e-navigation. GNSS assisted take-off and landing procedures. Space weather impacts on navigation in the Arctic. Sea ice and iceberg warning systems. Surveying and geographical information systems.


Planning of physical infrastructure  

Socioeconomic and sociotechnical impacts of transportation infrastructure, planning infrastructure networks, business opportunities related to infrastructure.



Other information:

Oral presentations will be selected based on the abstracts we receive.

Abstracts covering cross cutting topics are also welcome, they will be assigned to an appropriate session by the conveners.

Discussions will follow each presentation, and we hope to have a lively and engaged debate on all topics.

After the conference, we plan to pursue the publication of a special issue in a relevant international journal, with contributions from all interested participants of AIC2018.





Arctic Technology Centre / Technical University of Denmark

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