Special Issue on Advanced Optimization Techniques and Their Applications in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers are involved with the creation, monitoring, and management of infrastructural resources, as well as the e›cient, economic utilization and management of renewable natural resources. Nowadays a rapid growth of computer performance enables and encourages new developments in civil engineering as well as related areas. For instance, the construction industry investigates new designs with minimum cost, minimum CO2 emissions, or embodied energy, among other objectives. Conventional optimization techniques are usually inadequate to nd best designs by taking into account all design variables, objectives, and constraints in the complex civil engineering problems. Applications of optimization techniques are most exciting, challenging, and of truly large scale when it comes to the problems of civil engineering in terms of both quality and quantity. In order to overcome the di›culties, researchers are interested in advanced optimization techniques. In the recent literature, researchers have applied the advanced optimization techniques to dišerent purposes.

The aim of this special issue is to collect the studies using optimization algorithms in civil engineering problems such as structural engineering, construction management, and environmental engineering. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: Intelligent optimization Swarm and evolutionary optimization techniques Single and multiobjective optimization Predictive modeling and optimization Computational complexity and optimization Continuous or discrete optimization Structural optimization Size, shape, and topology optimization New design optimization applications in civil engineering New and novel approaches and techniques for solving optimization problems in civil engineering New research in any areas closely related to optimization and civil engineering designs Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ace/otace/

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Multiobjective optimization of post-tensioned concrete box-girder road bridges considering cost, CO2 emissions, and safety

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Abstract: This paper presents a multiobjective optimization of post-tensioned concrete road bridges in terms of cost, CO2 emissions, and overall safety factor. A computer tool links the optimization modulus with a set of modules for the finite-element analysis and limit states verification. This is applied for the case study of a three-span continuous post-tensioned box-girder road bridge, located in a coastal region. A multiobjective harmony search is used to automatically search a set of optimum structural solutions regarding the geometry, concrete strength, reinforcing and post-tensioned steel. Diversification strategies are combined with intensification strategies to improve solution quality. Results indicate that cost and CO2 emissions are close to each other for any safety range. A one-euro reduction, involves a 2.34 kg CO2 emissions reduction. Output identifies the best variables to improve safety and the critical limit states. This tool also provides bridge managers with a set of trade-off optimum solutions, which balance their preferences most closely, and meet the requirements previously defined.


  • Multiobjective optimization;
  • CO2 emissions;
  • Safety;
  • Post-tensioned concrete;
  • Box-girder bridge;
  • Multiobjective harmony search


  • A multiobjective optimization of post-tensioned concrete road bridges is presented.
  • A computer tool combines finite-element analysis and limit states verification.
  • Output provides a trade-off between cost, CO2 emissions, and overall safety factor.
  • Near the optima, a one-euro reduction represents a 2.34 kg CO2 emissions reduction.
  • Results show the cheapest and most eco-friendly variables for improving safety.


GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.; YEPES, V. (2016). Multiobjective optimization of post-tensioned concrete box-girder road bridges considering cost, CO2 emissions, and safety. Engineering Structures, 125:325-336. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.07.012.

Hybrid harmony search for sustainable design of post-tensioned concrete box-girder pedestrian bridges

Fig 1En este post os dejo el resumen, la referencia y el enlace a un artículo que acaban de publicarnos en la revista Engineering Structures donde aplicamos esta metodología en la optimización sostenible del diseño de una pasarela peatonal formada por una viga cajón postesada. Esta investigación está financiada dentro del Proyecto HORSOST (BIA2011-23602) financiado por el Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

Resumen: Este artículo tiene como objetivo el diseño sostenible de puentes viga peatonales de hormigón postesado de sección en cajón. Para ello se utiliza un algoritmo heurístico híbrido de búsqueda armónica (hybrid harmony search) con la aceptación por umbrales para encontrar la geometría y los materiales necesarios para que la suma de los costos y la huella de carbono sea lo más baja posible, cumpliendo con todas las restricciones de seguridad estructural y durabilidad. Para ajustar los parámetros del algoritmo se utilizó la metodología del diseño de experimentos. Se realizó asimismo un estudio paramétrico en pasarelas de 90 a 130 m de luz. Los resultados encontrados indican que la optimización con ambas funciones objetivo conducen a resultados similares en coste, si bien con soluciones diferentes. Los resultados sugieren que la reducción en las emisiones de CO2 conllevan mayores cantos, más pretensado y menores resistencias características del hormigón empleado.  La metodología presentada supone una propuesta detallada de las reglas de predimensionamiento de este tipo de estructuras teniendo en cuenta un enfoque medioambiental.

Palabras clave: Diseño sostenible, hormigón postesado, viga en cajón, pasarelas, optimización, búsqueda armónica.

Referencia: GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.; YEPES, V.; ALCALÁ, J.; PÉREZ-LÓPEZ, E. (2015). Hybrid harmony search for sustainable design of post-tensioned concrete box-girder pedestrian bridges. Engineering Structures, 92:112-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.03.015 (link)