2015 Annual Report of NILIM

Message from the Director-General
Missions the NILIM must accomplish

Opening report
Sediment-related Disasters that Occurred in 2014 and Technical Support by Experts
Empowering technical officials in MLIT Regional Bureaus and local governments in terms of road bridge preservations
Supporting Logistics through Public-private Sector Collaboration Using ETC 2.0 Platform
Fire safety of 3-story wooden school
Trends in Research on Internationalization of Technical Standards in the Port and Harbor Field

Messages from Departments and Centers of NILIM
Seven Checks for Better Research --from the discussion for building up research appropriate for NILIM--
Value Enhancement and Energy/Labor/Cost Saving for Sewerage Systems
New Stage in Water Field
Countermeasures against Sediment-related Disasters and Research Activities Facing New Development Opportunities
To Smartly Use and Protect Roads and Support Logistics --Smartly Using Probe Data--
To Appropriately Create and Efficiently Maintain Road Structures
Formulating technical standards of buildings
Recent results of the Housing Department activities
Towards sustainable compact city planning in a society facing population decline
Considering Directions for Response to Intensification of Storm Surge due to Global Warming
Trends in Port and Harbour Technology and Future Outlook for Technology Development
Multi-Faceted Efforts Supporting Aviation Administration
One Year after the Opening of the Center

1. Disaster prevention and mitigation
Establishment of Database for Seismic Damage to Sewer Pipeline
Empirical Study on B-DASH Project (Inundation Countermeasure Facilities Operation Support System Using ICT)
Preparations Due to Climate Change for Flood Risks Exceeding the Capacity of Flood-Control Infrastructure
How should Multiple Disaster be considered in Measures against Natural Disasters?
Start of Workshop for Nature and Local Infrastructure
Main Points of Experiment Manual for Hydraulic Model of Artificial Reef Armor Blocks
A New Survey Technique for Solving the Roles of Sand of Sea Shore --Trench survey--
Coastal Erosion in a New Phase
Research Starts for Mitigating Disasters from Storm Surge and High Waves
Wave Runup Forecast Started to Operate Effectively for Successive Invasion of Typhoons
Further Strengthening of Local Heavy Rain Monitoring System
Establishment of River Level and Inundation Forecast Approaches for Appropriate Evacuation and Flood Control Activities
For Extending Forecast Lead Time in Flood Forecast --Probabilistic Flood Forecast using Ensemble Forecast--
Grasp of Sediment Movement for Basin Sediment Management after Large-scale Sediment Production
About "Technical guideline for countermeasures against deep-seated catastrophic (rapid) landslide"
Efforts to Grasp Precursors from "Twitter Information" for Mitigation of Damage by Sediment-related Disaster
Developing shock resistance test methods for flying debris on the cladding
Development of functional continuation technology of critical post-disaster buildings
Creating new standard plans pertaining to countermeasures against ceiling collapses in buildings
Full-scale structural experiment of a partial frame reinforced concrete construction using fiber reinforced concrete on the nonstructural wall
Exfoliation prevention functions of outer walls with tile finishing on reinforced concrete building during earthquakes
Research on External Force and Experiment Method contributing to Structural Performance Verification for Building Members
Initiatives taken for the stability of the Fukushima nuclear disaster refugees residence
Urban area improvement plan methods that attain smooth tsunami evacuations
Creating a guide plan regarding considerations of securing urban disaster -preparedness functions for tsunami disaster mitigation city planning-
Software development to support the creation of housing site liquefaction maps
Influence of Storm Surge Damage Due to Climate Change in Coastal Areas
Verification of Aseismic Design Method for Mooring Facilities Based on Past Examples of Earthquake Disasters
Earthquake Risk Management of Airport Concession Holders -Consideration of Insurance-
Moving Processes and Conditions of Households under the Housing Lease Program for Disaster Victims in Iwate Prefecture due to the Great East Japan Earthquake
Development of a Method of Building Disaster Occurrence Scenarios Considering Excess External Force
Development of Technology to Instantaneously Estimate Large-scale, Wide-area Earthquake Damage
Development of Technology to Clarify State of Damage to Road Bridges by an Earthquake
Ground motion distribution of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku earthquake estimated from strong motion records and ground condition
Study of the Assessment of the Priority of Removing Rubble from Roads during a Disaster

2. Infrastructure Maintenance
Cost and Labor Saving in Maintenance of Sewer Pipeline Facilities
Preparation of Sound Ratio Curve for PVC Pipes (Proposal)
Promotion of Smart Sediment Management
Efforts for Efficiency Increase/Upgrading of River Structure Maintenance
Protect River Levees from "Progressive Failure"
Upgrading of Method for Setting Large-scale Earthquake Ground Motion that Acts on Dam Foundation
For Appropriate Maintenance of Anchors in Dams
Guidelines for Periodic Road Structure Inspections
Concrete Pavement: Applicability and Maintenance Methods
The actual conditions and issues regarding maintenance and renewals of facility plumbing for the long-term use of apartment houses
An examination into the durability evaluation standards of existing concrete structures based on research data of actual buildings
Efforts for Effective and Efficient Maintenance Management of Port and Harbor Facilities
Technology for Efficient, Short Time Repair of Airport Pavement
Improving Sustainable Maintenance Methods Considering Risk Management

3. Intelligently using the existing stock
Empirical Study on B-DASH Project (Technology for Power Generation from Sewage Sludge Biomass)
Formulation of Guidelines for B-DASH Project (Solid fuel forming, sewage heat utilization, nitrogen removal, phosphorus removal/recovery)
Early Verification of Effectiveness of Traffic Safety Countermeasures Based on Traffic Behavior
Promoting Traffic Safety Measures on School routes and Residential Roads
Method of Using Probe Data to Specify Congestion Occurrence Locations and Range of their Impact
Desirable Roundabout Structures Issued
Analyzthe Effects of a Road Opening Using ETC2.0 Probe Data
Initiatives to Realize Simple ITS Spots
Revising ITS Spot Technical Specifications, and Expanding them to Ordinary Roads Throughout Japan
Awarded the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award at the Twelfth Industry, Academia, and Government Cooperation Awards
Developing the grasping methods of existing wooden detached housing specifications whose design drawings at the time of construction have dissipated
Developing evaluation tools for the simulation of sunshine, lighting levels pertaining to existing houses

4. Forming sustainable and vigorous national land and regions
Promotion of Countermeasures in Sewerage against Global Warming
Promotion of Water Treatment Technology Considering Energy Optimization and Risk Control
Activities for Practical Environmental Management of Rivers
For Establishment of Groundwater Management Contributing to Sound Hydrological Cycle --Utilization of Hydrological Cycle Analysis for Groundwater Management--
Proposed Method of Using Existing Survey Results to Assess People with Mobility Difficulties
Studying CO2 Balance through the Life Cycle of Infrastructure
How Does Constructing a New Road Change Emissions of Carbon Dioxide from Automobiles?
Study of Directions to Achieve Lower Energy Consumption by Road Facilities and Sustainable Energy Use
Verification Testing and Overseas Research to Promote Further Utility Pole Removal
The development and verification of energy consumption performance prediction tools inducing the energy-saving design of non-residential buildings
Surveys and analysis regarding the evaluation structure of living satisfaction for the attainment of prosperous living
Planning method proposal for elderly housing with supportive services for the living security of elderly people
Creating a knowledge base of effective barrier-free housing repairs for the living security of elderly people
The new evaluation index for envelope performance of commercial buildings
Development of land aptitude evaluation programs for strategic land use management
Developing an "accessibility calculation index" to evaluate public transportation convenience in cities
The plan and evaluation of planned degeneration scenarios for suburban city areas with declining populations
Easy forecast methods of future district images to prepare for the well-planned downsizing or restructuring of cities
Developing a preliminary evaluation tool to monitor neighboring noise effects from a manufacturing establishment inside the city
Research collaborations with the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements in dealing with population decline/aging society and urban renewal initiatives
Possibility of Creating Habitats Utilizing Shallows Existing in Port and Harbor Areas
Measurement of Residence Time of Marine Plastics on Beaches and its Application in Beach Cleanup
Analysis of Port Logistics and Development of Predictive Model for Strengthening of International Competitiveness
Support for Aviation Policy Formulation by Enhancement of Aviation Demand Forecasting Method
Developing technologies for habitat evaluation and a method of efficiently monitoring rare raptors
Research on Control of Distribution Expansion of Alien Plants using Soil Seed Bank in Rivers
Study on Greening Method with Native Grass Species
Creating Pleasanter Road Space by Restoring Street Trees
Technologies to preserve biological diversity in the city
Greenery planning technology targeting population decline and degenerating cities
Practical Use of Traditional Civil Engineering Construction Methods in Preservation and Improvement of Historic Landscape
Improvement in the Quality of Space by Road Reconstruction in Urban Districts
Wireless Power Supply Technology for Running Vehicles

5. Execution procedure's innovation
Cost Cap Sewerage Plan for Almost Completion of Sewage Treatment Facilities in Ten Years
Promotion of Dissemination of Hydraulic/Hydrologic Analysis Software Platform
Development of a Transportation Mode Identification Method Using Smart Phone Movement History Information
Initiatives on creating the original plan for building-related technical standards
Guideline proposal on how to create building information models that indicate the present situation of existing houses
Research on Person-trip Surveys Using the Web
Study on Relationship between Layer Thickness and Mat Density of Airport Asphalt Pavement Surface Layer for Higher Efficiency of Construction
Long-term Planning and Budgeting for Transport Related Public Works Projects in the Industrialized Countries of Europe and America
Working on the application to transportation planning of a platform of movement of people
More Efficient Civil Engineering Structure Management Using 3D Models
Expanding Work Categories Applying Completed Work Dimensional Control Using TS
A study on large-scale road map preparation methods using digital maps and point cloud data

Dispatch of TEC-FORCE and other Experts to Disasters, and State of Technical Support Activities
Technical Support in Comprehensive Dam Inspection
Building damage investigations regarding landslide disasters that occurred in Hiroshima on August 20
Field surveys of damage to buildings and foundations from the 2014 northern Nagano earthquake

International Research Activities

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