Characterising Conversion Points and Complex Infrastructure Systems: Creating a System Representation for Agent-Based Modelling

Varga, Liz and Grubic, Tonci and Greening, Philip and Varga, Stephen and Camci, Fatih and Dolan, Tom (2014) Characterising Conversion Points and Complex Infrastructure Systems: Creating a System Representation for Agent-Based Modelling. Complexity, 19 (6). pp. 30-43. ISSN 1076-2787

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Abstract

Infrastructure, which is used to extract, transport, store, and transform resources into products or services to meet our utility needs faces numerous challenges caused by the agency of the various actors in the system. To understand these challenges, we propose it is necessary to move beyond considering each utility system as a distinct silo. In this paper, a conversion points approach is developed to characterize multiutility systems at any scale and for any specific or theoretical location. The story is told of the development of a conversion points approach and its application is examined using an agent-based model. Transport, energy, water, waste, and telecommunications systems are governed and run independently but in practice are highly interdependent. A way to represent all utility systems in an integrated way is described and the benefits of this representation are applied to UK household consumers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an open access (OA) journal, and the publisher has given permission for the publisher's version/PDF to be used.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Business School
Depositing User: Andrew Taylor
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 15:11
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 15:11
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2409

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