Publisher’s pick: Our top 10 ICE Publishing articles of 2023

7th December 2023

Author: Benjamin Ramster, Journals Commissioning Editor of ICE Publishing.

Benjamin Ramster, Journals Commissioning Editor of ICE Publishing, highlights 10 of the most downloaded articles from ICE Publishing of 2023.

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1. Circular economy in construction: current awareness, challenges and enablers – Waste and Resource Management.

Authors: K T Adams, M Osmani, T Thorpe, J Thornback.

This article was in the top 10 last year, and has been the top paper for four years in a row. It highlights restricted use of circular economy principles in the building industry, with a primary focus on waste reduction. Survey findings show that there is awareness in the business, but they also highlight a major information gap that affects clients, designers, and subcontractors. This accentuates the necessity of having a convincing economic argument and instruments to encourage the broad use of circular economy ideas in the building supply chain.

2. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Transport.

Authors: K Lucas, G Mattioli, E Verlinghieri, A Guzman

Millions of people worldwide are impacted by transport poverty, a problem that the transport engineering profession does not adequately address. The inadequate, fragmented, and inconsistent definition and treatment of transport poverty in the literature on academics, policies, and infrastructure design is the focus of this research.

3. Bio-inspired geotechnical engineering: principles, current work, opportunities and challenges – Geotechnique.

Authors: A Martinez, J Dejong, I Akin, A Aleali, C Arson, J Atkinson et al.

Different biological species interact with soil in ways that are similar to those needed for geotechnical engineering tasks, including movement, penetration, and anchoring in varying ground conditions. These bioinspired approaches provide distinct design concepts and principles for tackling geotechnical problems since they are formed by natural selection and subject to common physical rules. literary works. This article was also in 2022’s top ten.

4. Integrated sustainable waste management in developing countries – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Waste and Resource Management.

Authors: D C Wilson, C A Velis, L Rodic.

This study investigates the use of "integrated sustainable waste management" in developing nations to address the problems associated with solid waste. It sets this strategy apart from "integrated waste management" found in industrialised nations and highlights the advancements made in recycling, disposal, and collecting over the last ten years. This article has made it into the top ten this year again, after gaining it’s place in our 2022 list.    

5. Settlement and tilt of low-rise buildings – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers- Geotechnical Engineering.

Authors: J A Charles, H D Skinner

Low-rise housing on unsuitable land can employ an affordable raft foundation for lightly loaded buildings in cases where deep foundations are impractical, preventing substantial distortion and cracking during settlement. For discernible tilts greater than 1/100, corrective action – including re-levelling –is recommended to ensure the stability of low-rise residential structures. After gaining many downloads last year, this article has managed to keep it’s place in the top ten for this year too.

6. Modular design for high-rise buildings – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Structures and Buildings.

Authors: R M Lawson, J Richards

This article investigates the use of modular construction in residential buildings, specifically for constructions of four to eight stories, with an increasing interest in extending this technique to 12 stories or more. The study examines recent modular technologies, presents load tests on light steel modular walls, and introduces a high-rise modular design method that takes into account second-order effects and installation tolerances, demonstrating the effectiveness of tested modular walls in resisting forces exceeding design standards.

7. Strategies to improve mental health and well-being within the UK construction industry – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Management, Procurement and Law.

Authors: M A Campbell, J G Gunning

The findings of a mixed-methods study on improving the mental health of UK construction workers are presented in this publication, demonstrating severe mental health difficulties hampered by workplace stigma. For a better work/life balance and a safe working environment, the research suggests treatments such as group activities, self-help programs, health screenings, and improved management that focus on workers' emotions and feelings.

8. A review of technologies and applications for smart construction – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Civil Engineering.

Authors: M Stefanic, V Stankovski

This article investigates the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, and cloud computing in several industries, with a focus on smart applications. Based on a survey of recent scientific journals, the research emphasises smart construction prospects and difficulties, such as developments in construction monitoring, site management, worker safety, early disaster warning, and resource and asset management.

9. Housing and sustainability: demolition or refurbishment? – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Urban Design and Planning.

Author: A Power

This article investigates the history of UK property demolition policies, notably since 2003, in the context of climate change concerns. It advocates for renovation as a more realistic and socially advantageous strategy to meeting energy and climate change requirements while sustaining existing communities.

10. PISA design model for monopolies for offshore wind turbines: application to a stiff glacial clay till - Geotechnique.

Authors: B. W. Byrne, G. T. Houlsby, H. J. Burd, K. G. Gavin, D. J. P Igoe, R. J. Jardine, C. M. Martin, R. A. McAdam, D. M. Potts, D. M. G. Tabora and L. Zdravković

This article focuses on offshore wind turbine applications and proposes a specialised one-dimensional (1D) design model for monopile foundations in shallow coastal waters. The model, which was calibrated using bespoke three-dimensional (3D) finite-element studies, improves efficiency by offering high-fidelity results at a lower computing cost, and it is demonstrated in the context of monopiles in stiff glacial clay till.

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