the genesis of AISIM

Effective management of civil engineering infrastructure is essential for several reasons including the need to retain the value of the initial investment. Currently, engineers around the world are creating innovative solutions for problems associated with infrastructure planning, design, operations, monitoring/inspection, and maintenance. There exists a need for future stewards of the infrastructure to remain updated continually on ongoing issues and research at various institutions.

AISIM was created to meet this need. The inaugural AISIM event was held on August 6, 2005 at the University of Waterloo. AISIM is a full-day symposium featuring information exchange and networking opportunities primarily for graduate students, but often includes researchers and practitioners including infrastructure agencies, consultants, development banks, and other stakeholders.

In the years since its inception, AISIM has carved out a critical role in graduate education pertaining to infrastructure management. Graduate students from world-renowned institutions, who represent the next generation of leaders in infrastructure management, attend AISIM each year to exchange research ideas and information. Thus, AISIM has served as an avenue for the students to network with their peers (nationally and internationally) and has provided an opportunity for students to interact with global leaders in infrastructure.

the genesis of AIM Bootcamp

Advanced Civil Infrastructure Management (AIM) is a two-week long intensive course. The graduate level course brings together students and instructors across the universities and colleges with Infrastructure Management programs. The objective is to provide an opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge, apply by implementing a mini-project, and network the students who have similar interests.

AIM bootcamp was originally developed under the leadership of Professor Sue McNeil, with assistance from several internationally renowned leaders in asset management and infrastructure management, and has been first offered at the University of Delaware in 2010, followed by Georgia Tech. (2012), Virginia Tech. (2014), Oklahoma State Uni. (2016).  The course is offered for academic credit, but is also welcome for practitioners as a continuing education offering.  Grades are assigned based on participation in discussions, performance on assignments given by each instructor, and a course project.  Past course projects have matched students with transportation professionals to provide students with experience solving timely/practical problems.

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