Message from the Chair

November 23, 2018 (The 58th Conference of the Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management (Oita University))

This time, I took over the chairperson of Tetsuo Yai, and in June 2018, I became the chairperson of the Conference of the Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management. I would like to say a few word on this appointment.

Since its establishment in 1966, two years after the 1st Tokyo Olympics, the Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management has been very active until today. In 2016, the 50th anniversary of the founding, under the leadership of former Chairman Ebara and Chairperson Yai, we held various 50th anniversary projects, including the 50th Anniversary Symposium. By confirming the identity, we summarized the past half century activities and the prospects for the future. In the 2017 fiscal year, for the next 50 years, we announced that we will further bring together younger generation, and establish a framework that will contribute to the Japan society and to the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, as well as to international contributions.

Since accepting the position of chairman in June 2018, large-scale natural disasters occurred one after another. The heavy rain disaster that caused synergetic damage to wide areas of western Japan in early July, and the typhoon 21 which landed in the Kinki region on September 4 and recorded the largest instantaneous wind speed in observation history, and 2 days after it was Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake that caused the whole area of Hokkaido blackout on May 6th. The Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management cooperates with local universities, etc., immediately forms a survey team, and contributes to damage investigation, restoration, and recovery activities. On the other hand, looking at society as a whole, the terms IoT, AI, Society 5.0, and SDGs are seen everywhere, and the boundaries between the inside and the outside of infrastructure planning and management became unclear. In other words, I feel that the role of infrastructure planning and management, which is a comprehensive practical study, has never been greater. I think it is our duty to disseminate information of theories and the results of social implementation of them to the world without delay through various methods.

Last but not least, on top of the tradition that many seniors have built up until now, we will gradually add new approaches. I look forward to our continued cooperation and effort for the activities of this committee. Thank you for your continued contribution and support.

Akimasa Fujiwara, Chair