Utilization of waste in construction Call for papers

Cogent Engineering welcomes submissions to a special issue on ‘Utilization of waste in construction’

The amount of waste of different types generated by various day-to-day activities has been increasing with time with the progress of the human society. In our modern society, even a single house creates a significant amount of waste as we all can easily notice. The industrial activities, such as the coal-based power generation and mining create a huge amount of waste covering a large area of useful land, resulting in several environmental and waste disposal problems. Some wastes are recycled, but the disposal of remaining wastes has become a challenging task technically as well as economically in most countries of the world. In fact, the disposal of wastes in engineered landfills is very expensive. Therefore, in the past, attempts have been made to utilize some wastes routinely in construction as the waste can be used in large quantities in construction projects. For example, in the present-day construction practice, coal ashes, especially fly ash is commonly used in the construction of geotechnical and pavement structures, and also in the manufacture of cement. The available literature shows that the researchers have focussed on utilization of several wastes in different forms in applications, including construction of structures in infrastructure projects, and the effort is still continuing so that waste disposal can be avoided, and moreover construction projects can be made sustainable. 

The aim of this special issue is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date information about the waste being generated worldwide and their various applications in construction projects to the students and practising engineers. This issue is also expected to stimulate further development in the area of utilization of waste, especially development of some new applications in an attempt to make a true balance between generation and utilization of waste so that there will be almost no need of waste disposal in coming years. 

The special issue welcomes original research, review articles, rapid communications and software articles. All submissions will be peer-reviewed to evaluate their technical soundness. Manuscripts should address specific topics related to waste and their utilization in construction including but not limited to the following topics:

·         Types and production of waste

·         Country-wise or worldwide distribution of waste

·         Characterization and properties of waste

·         Utilization of waste in geotechnical structures, such as embankments, retaining walls, etc.

·         Utilization of waste in building projects

·         Utilization of waste in transportation projects

·         Utilization of waste in environmental projects

·         Other applications in construction and infrastructure projects

To submit your work, please visit the journal’s dedicated online submission system: https://rp.cogentoa.com/login/orcid

Submission is now open. The deadline for submission for this special issue is 30 June 2018.

During the submission process you will be able to confirm that your work is intended for the special issue on ‘Utilization of waste in construction’.

If you have any queries about this special issue or the submission process, then please contact us at Engineering@CogentOA.com

We look forward to working with you to bring exciting new scholarship to the widest possible audience.

With best regards,

Dr Sanjay Kumar Shukla
Senior Editor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Section, Cogent Engineering
Founding Editor in-Chief, International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering
Associate Professor and Program Leader, Discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
Also, Adjunct/Distinguished Professor, VIT University, Amrita University, Chitkara University, VR Siddhartha Engineering College, India