Advances in Intellectualization of Transportation Infrastructures

Yan Liang Du, Ting Hua Yi, Xiao Jun Li, Xiao Li Rong, Long Jun Dong, Da Wei Wang, Yang Gao, Zhen Leng

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Inspired by state-of-the-art material science, computer techniques, artificial intelligence, and automatic control, new-generation transportation infrastructures are becoming digitalized and intelligent. Many major developed countries around the globe are actively promoting the application of innovative intelligence-based technologies in transportation infrastructures in accordance with local conditions. This review begins with a brief discussion on the basic definition, scientific foundation, and development process for the intellectualization of transportation infrastructures. Then, following the whole life-cycle chain of design, construction, operational maintenance, and elimination, the current research status and major challenges presented by intellectualization technologies are systematically investigated. Subsequently, recent achievements in intellectual technologies are comprehensively presented by selecting the Beijing–Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway—the world's first railway built based on the concept of intelligent construction—as an example. Finally, a discussion on the future development of the intellectualization of transportation infrastructures is provided from the three dimensions of standard systems, theoretical methods, and talent training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • Automatic construction
  • Intellectualization
  • Optimal design
  • Structural elimination
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Transportation infrastructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Engineering


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