TRIPI: A global dataset and codebase of the total resources in physical infrastructure encompassing road, rail, and parking

Martijn van Engelenburg, Sebastiaan Deetman, Tomer Fishman, Paul Behrens, Ester van der Voet, TRIPI: A global dataset and codebase of the total resources in physical infrastructure encompassing road, rail, and parking, Data in Brief, Volume 54, 2024, 110387, ISSN 2352-3409, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2024.110387.

Abstract

Construction materials are associated with significant environmental and resource impacts. The circular use of materials already in use as stocks may provide an opportunity to reduce these impacts. We provide a dataset describing the potential global urban mine consisting of transportation infrastructure in an open database based on geospatial data from OpenStreetMaps. We reveal the significant opportunities of the embedded materials in this huge stock. With this Total Resources in Physical Infrastructure, or TRIPI, the database we provide easy access to a global dataset covering 175 countries and sub-regions, allowing researchers to select an area of study, and find the location as well as the material composition of the physical infrastructure. Material stocks are reported on a national level and commonly used regional aggregations. Material stocks are reported per kg, kg per capita, and kg per area; and for the physical type of infrastructure that is available in kilometres and area (km2). This dataset can be used in various research applications such as Material Flow Analysis, Material stock inventories, Country-level comparisons of infrastructure density, and others, and inform policy on harnessing the opportunities of the urban mine.

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note: this image shows the road typologies as used for the final material calculation. this is a snapshot of the Veenendaal region in the Netherlands showing the typology of the different roads and how each road is processed. Here the roads have been processed to the five types available in the material database

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