Infrastructure Planning and Management

The Islamic University of Gaza

Faculty of Engineering/Civil Engineering Department

Infrastructure Planning and Management (ENGC 6383)


Instructor Prof. Dr. Mohammed Awad


                        Office:B259,  Phone: 2644400, Office Hours: as scheduled

                        Email.:, Website : site.iugaza.mawad


Semester: 2ed/2018-2019



Course Description

A strong and achieving public service is a necessary condition for competitively successful nation. The infrastructure management course assists engineer to improve the performance of the public service through action-oriented policy analysis and training. This could be done by covering: the analytical methods, tools, data, technologies, and political and financial framework and constraints for managing infrastructure systems and facilities as assets. 


Goals and objectives:   Infrastructure in the developed world (and generally in the United States) needs to be significantly improved to meet the needs of future generations. There are physical, technological, and political barriers to be overcome in order to solve this problem. Many studies have described the problems, but relatively few have found solutions. The "traditional" infrastructure management course in engineering is focused on built infrastructures (e.g. highways, bridges, etc.) and the need for managing them across their life cycles – from design to decommissioning. It discusses budgeting, deterioration, and the technology behind building long-lasting concrete or pavements. While such process-level issues are important, we will look at infrastructure from a higher level. As such, we will spend relatively little time talking about budgeting, and some time on deterioration, but most of our time on "the big picture" and infrastructure policy. Our goal is an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to solving these problems.

By the end of the course, students should be prepared to actively participate in discussions about these infrastructures at the graduate level. In addition they should be prepared to act in analysis and management roles related to infrastructure.

  • Intended to introduce the current issues related to infrastructure planning and to discuss how to manage them.
  • Enable students to focus on Socio-Economic and Organizational Environment as an integrated system.
  • Inform students of the social, political, and economic contexts in which infrastructure is provided and decisions are made.
  • Prepare students for productivity improvements.
  • Provide students with background on intergovernmental relationships and governance structures that affect the construction and operation of public works systems.

 Finally, I envision this course as a dynamic graduate/active learning  course where there will be some assignments and checks that you are keeping up with the readings, and a term project. Please let me know if you have comments on content or the sequence of lectures.

Topics covered

  • Socio-Economic and Organizational Environment.
  • Planning Context, perspectives, and Objectives
  • Designing Performance Appraisal of  Major Infrastructure Projects
  • Screening Projects and Master Planning
  • Governance  Infrastructure Systems: Performance and Prioritization
  • Evaluating the status of the current performance system-Comparison of Infrastructure Alternatives
  • Developing performance management system objectives.
  • Economical Analyses: Concepts & Applications
  • Environmental and Social Impact assessment
  • Implementing the System for Public Involvement, Legal and Institutional Aspects

Class Schedule

This preliminary course schedule is provided to you in the hopes that it will help you prepare for the first few weeks of class. I will make changes to this schedule as the semester goes on based on the pace of class.

The following (recommended) Lecture Notes, and any other material the Instructor assigns.

Week 1:

Introduction Definition of the "Public Works" and " Infrastructure"


Week 2&3:

 Planning Sequence


Week 4:

Measurement of System performance


Week 5:

Generic Matrix Approach for Comparing Alternatives with Multiple Attributes Components


Week 6&7:

Strategic planning


Week 8:

Basic Data for planning


Week 9:

Environmental impact assessment


Week 10:

Public Involvement

Week 11:


 Week 12:

Risk & Uncertainty Definition

Week 13, 14 &15:


 Policy: Students are required to attend one-lecture periods per week.

Web Site:

Lecture notes, problem sets and syllabus are on the Internet at Where possible, all material handed out in class will be posted to the web site. Lecture notes will be available as Power Point presentations. Students should still come to lecture, since the slide files only show overviews of the material being presented. Feel free to download and bring copies of these presentations to class to follow along.

Contribution of course to meeting the professional component

This course contributes primarily to the students' knowledge of engineering topics, but does not provide design experience.

The following statement indicates which of the following considerations are included in this course: economic, environmental, ethical, political, societal, health and safety, manufacturability, sustainability.

The course includes the following considerations:

  • Performance
  • socio-economic,
  • environmental,
  • ethical,
  • political,
  • safety, and
  • sustainability

Commentary on Class Structure and Audience

This course is cross-listed between the Departments of Civil, Environmental Engineering and Engineering Project management.


The following textbooks are on reserve in the library:

  1. Infrastructure Planning Handbook (Alvis S. Goodman and Makarand Hastak, 2006)
  2. Designing Performance Appraisals ( Sam Agere and Noella Jorm, 2000 )
  3. Infrastructure Management (Hudson, Haas and Uddin, 1997)


Homework, Class participation   10%

Term Paper and Course Project    50%

Midterm & Final              40%

Although instructor is free to make adjustments or modifications as circumstances permit.


All students will be expected to complete a semester project on a topic of their in infrastructure management (not necessarily on one of our 3 main topic areas). You may work individually or in groups of 2 on this project. For those of you that have trouble selecting a topic, we will brainstorm some ideas in class in several weeks, and further details will be given. In the meantime, you might begin to consider potential topics and groups. My expectations on the project work will change based on the number of group members. Groups will present summaries of their work during the last few class sessions, and will submit written reports by beginning of  May, 2014.

The two required components of the project – the presentation and final report – should be written and presented in a professional manner. The report and any accompanying text or visuals should be clear, easy to read, and neat. However, you do not need to go overboard in formatting the document to look like the work of consultants.

You will also be expected to present your project findings in class on one of the dates listed above. You are not required to dress differently for your presentation. Please plan to spend about 15 minutes on your presentation, and expect about 5 minutes of questions. Generally, you should be presenting interesting parts of your project to educate the class about your relevant techniques and/or findings within the 20 minute timeframe. Once the number of groups is determined, more information about presentation length and content will be discussed.

You might consider waiting to submit your final report until after you have presented, so that you have time to address any potential advice or feedback given by the class. This is important since in years past, there have been relatively major errors found during the question and answer period of the presentations that have led to greatly improved papers.

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