Life-cycle civil engineering is of great significance to society. After a period of industrialization in the past century, with huge developments of all sorts of infrastructure networks and large scale construction projects, society now faces new challenges. Economies have become largely dependent on these civil assets. But society is constantly changing and the existing built environment is getting obsolete. Technically and functionally ageing assets create risks to society. Also the environmental impact of our built environment becomes a major concern. At the same time cultural heritage needs to be preserved. Action is needed to preserve the environment for the next generations. Life-cycle thinking is important for all partners in both construction and maintenance processes. Life-cycle civil engineering is a topic where academics and practitioners need to take steps forward. We are challenged to develop new services and technologies that help us to deal with todays and tomorrows challenges. The Fifth International Symposium on Life -Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE2016, brings world experts together, to share recent progress and formulate future directions to life-cycle civil engineering
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