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Engineering >> 2023, Volume 24, Issue 5 doi: 10.1016/j.eng.2023.01.011

Advances in Intellectualization of Transportation Infrastructures

a College of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518061, China
b School of Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023, China
c School of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing 102616, China
d Department of Geotechnical Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
e School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China
f School of Resources and Safety Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
g School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
h School of Safety Engineering and Emergency Management, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043, China
i Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 999077, China

Received:2022-10-28 Revised:2022-12-30 Accepted: 2023-01-04 Available online:2023-04-14

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Inspired by state-of-the-art material science, computer techniques, artificial intelligence, and automatic control, new-generation transportation infrastructures are becoming digitalized and intelligent. Many major developed countries around the globe are actively promoting the application of innovative intelligence-based technologies in transportation infrastructures in accordance with local conditions. This review begins with a brief discussion on the basic definition, scientific foundation, and development process for the intellectualization of transportation infrastructures. Then, following the whole life-cycle chain of design, construction, operational maintenance, and elimination, the current research status and major challenges presented by intellectualization technologies are systematically investigated. Subsequently, recent achievements in intellectual technologies are comprehensively presented by selecting the Beijing–Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway—the world's first railway built based on the concept of intelligent construction—as an example. Finally, a discussion on the future development of the intellectualization of transportation infrastructures is provided from the three dimensions of standard systems, theoretical methods, and talent training.

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