A new report titled “Infrastructure Architecture Framework: A multi-sector approach to enterprise systems engineering and management” was released jointly by the New York Academy of Sciences, United Engineering Foundation, and Mott MacDonald. The program is being managed by the New York Academy of Sciences with advisory support led by Mott MacDonald and support from ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, and INCOSE¹.
This report marks a long-awaited milestone with the publication of the first version of the Infrastructure Architecture Framework. The report provides the direction on the development a common framework across disciplines for infrastructure management in a digital age. As per the report:
The goal of the project was to develop common approaches to engineering and managing infrastructure as complex socio-technical systems. It included the establishment of a functioning trans-disciplinary engineering partnership and the delivery of draft framework specifications. Participants included the New York MTA, the New York Power Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and many other infrastructure providers, government agencies and academic institutions.
Inputs to this report stem from an online workshop held in May 2021, focused on an Integrated Architecture Framework. Tom McDermott, Deputy Director of the SERC, and William Rouse, Senior Fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy, were part of an academic advisory team and provided technical support with use of the updated SystemiTool that facilitated the workshop’s collaborative structure.
¹ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers; ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers; AIChE – American Institute of Chemical Engineers; IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; INCOSE – International Council on Systems Engineering