Math for the masses: managing infrastructure assets

Mathematical optimization has long been used in forestry to determine appropriate harvesting and planting, relative to the life spans of trees. The New Brunswick Department of Transportation is using similar methods to plan the long-term treatment of roads and bridges.

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July 28, 2007Jon Dattorro of Stanford, Calif., writes: These can be posed as geometrical problems. See Convex Optimization.

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