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Complex Infrastructure Projects by Anthony Holmes

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Chapter 4: Entropy

In this chapter I want to consider in more detail what complexity in infrastructure projects means.

A plan to build a pyramid is reducible to a small set of easily communicable instructions referable to a timeline specifying the sequence in which tasks are to be completed. It states that the structure requires the production of ‘n’ blocks of stone of given dimensions to be brought to a specified place and assembled in a particular configuration. Indeed the entire programme can be modelled for demonstration by using scaled-down cubes.

A building made of bricks is similar, requiring the erection of walls of a given dimension consisting of a large number of standard cuboid units.

For a pyramid or a brick building a key feature ...

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