Decision Support Systems for Improved Construction and Maintenance of Non-­Electrical Infrastructure for Energy

In order to effectively harness energy sources, we must design and construct facilities to extract, process, and deliver energy to end users. The construction, operation, and maintenance of such facilities require proper planning and execution in order to reduce risks and uncertainty, and to allow for rigorous efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and safety during each of these stages. Since future energy systems involve new technologies and have far-reaching social, economic, and political impacts, the development, operation, and upkeep of the associated infrastructure poses unique challenges for practitioners. The processes of constructing, operating, and maintaining long-life energy infrastructure assets, in comparison with other aspects of development such as design, pose many complex risks, including weather-related challenges, unproven technology, and unknown stakeholder interactions and interests. Therefore, risks that are not common to the construction and maintenance of other types of infrastructure may arise, and decision making will occur in an environment of considerable uncertainty. Data on such future energy infrastructure projects may be limited, of low quality, or not exist, and in such contexts, expert knowledge will be required in addition to project data for effective modeling and decision making. To address these issues, innovative modeling and decision-making approaches will be developed to address the unique characteristics of such projects, deal with new types of risks, and address data limitations in developing and validating models and decision-support tools.

Graduate Student Internship (GSI)

Sathishkumar Nachimuthu

Award

Sadler Graduate Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

Yuejian Chen

Award

Scholarship

Dongdong Wei

Award

The Best Oral Presentation Award at the Graduate Research Symposium

Yuejian Chen

Award

Top-Up Award in Mechanical Engineering

Yuejian Chen

Award

Determining project contingency reserve using a fuzzy arithmetic-based risk analysis method

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Seyed Hamed Fateminia

Conference Proceedings

An Adaptive Hybrid Model for Determining Subjective Causal Relationships in Fuzzy System Dynamics Models for Analyzing Construction Risks

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Seyed Hamed Fateminia

Scholarly Refereed Journal

An Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Risk Analysis Model (IT2FRAM) for Determining Construction Project Contingency Reserve

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Seyed Hamed Fateminia

Scholarly Refereed Journal

An improved singular value decomposition-based method for gear tooth crack detection and severity assessment

Ming J. Zuo, Xihui Liang, Yuejian Chen

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Consensus Building and Optimization in Group Decision-Making for the Risk Assessment of Wind Farm Project

Yajie Hao

Master Thesis

Consensus Building in Group Decision Making for the Risk Assessment of Wind Farm Projects

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Witold Pedrycz, Nebiyu Kedir, Yajie Hao, Nima Gerami Seresht

Conference Proceedings

Convolutional Neural Networks for Fault Diagnosis Using Rotating Speed Normalized Vibration

Ming J. Zuo, Dongdong Wei

Conference Proceedings

Decision Support Systems for Improving the Construction and Maintenance of Renewable Energy Projects

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nima Gerami Seresht

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Decision Support Systems for Improving the Construction and Maintenance of Renewable Energy Projects

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nima Gerami Seresht

Edited Volume

Decision-Support System for Construction Risk Management in Onshore Wind Projects

Emad Mohamed

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Decision-making Model for Corrective Maintenance of Offshore Wind Turbine Considering Uncertainties

Ming J. Zuo, Sathishkumar Nachimuthu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Definition and Taxonomy for Non-Electric Energy Infrastructure

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nebiyu Kedir

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Developing Risk Breakdown Matrix for Onshore Wind Farm Projects Using Fuzzy Case-Based Reasoning

Sahand Somi

Master Thesis

Developing a Risk Breakdown Matrix for the Construction of On-Shore Wind Farm Projects

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nima Gerami Seresht, Sahand Somi

Conference Proceedings

Domain-specific risk assessment using integrated simulation: A case study of an onshore wind project

Simaan AbouRizk, Emad Mohamed, Nima Gerami Seresht

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Early gear tooth crack detection based on singular value decomposition

Ming J. Zuo, Yuejian Chen

Conference Proceedings

Evaluating Risk Response Strategies on Construction Projects Using a Fuzzy Rule-Based System

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nima Gerami Seresht, Seyed Hamed Fateminia

Conference Proceedings

Framework for Risk Identification of Renewable Energy Projects Using Fuzzy Case-Based Reasoning

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nima Gerami Seresht, Sahand Somi

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Framework for performance assessment and risk analysis during construction and maintenance of non-electrical energy infrastructure

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Simaan AbouRizk, Emad Mohamed

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Fuzzy Sets and AHP to Model Group Decision Making for Energy Infrastructure Risks

Witold Pedrycz, Yajie Hao

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Fuzzy-Based Multivariate Analysis for Input Modeling of Risk Assessment in Wind Farm Projects

Simaan AbouRizk, Emad Mohamed

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Health Index Development for Planetary Gearboxes

Weixuan Tang

Master Thesis

Health index development for a planetary gearbox

Ming J. Zuo, Weixuan Tang

Conference Proceedings

Health index development of an engineering asset

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Ming J. Zuo, Weixuan Tang

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Impact of Prognostics and Health Management in Systems Reliability and Maintenance Planning, Special Issue of Reliability Engineering and System Safety

Ming J. Zuo

Edited Volume

Machine-Learning Methods for PHM and Reliability

Ming J. Zuo

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Maintenance decision-making models for cost minimization of offshore wind farms

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Ming J. Zuo, Sathishkumar Nachimuthu

Misc: Poster

Modelling factors affecting operation and maintenance costs of offshore wind farms

Ming J. Zuo, Sathishkumar Nachimuthu

Conference Proceedings

Resilience Optimization of Power Grid under Extreme Weather Conditions

Ming J. Zuo, Sathishkumar Nachimuthu

Misc: Poster Presentation

Simulation-Based Approach for Lookahead Scheduling of Onshore Wind Projects Subject to Weather Risk

Simaan AbouRizk, Emad Mohamed

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Simulation-based approach for risk assessment in onshore wind farm construction projects

Simaan AbouRizk, Emad Mohamed, Nima Gerami Seresht

Conference Proceedings

Tooth crack severity assessment in the early stage of crack propagation using gearbox dynamic model

Ming J. Zuo, Zhigang Tian, Xingkai Yang

Conference Proceedings

Work-Packaged Level Risk Identification of On-shore Wind Farm Project: Applying Fuzzy CBR in Construction Risk Identification

Aminah Robinson Fayek, Nima Gerami Seresht, Sahand Somi

Scholarly Refereed Journal