Adaptive Parallel Framework Algorithm (APFA) for Environmental Engineering Applications

Date of Award

Fall 2003

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil & Environmental Engineering


Environmental Engineering

Committee Director

Jaewan Yoon

Committee Member

A. Osman Akan

Committee Member

Laura J. Harrell

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E553 Z56 2003


This research proposes a new framework methodology for integrating environmental computer applications in flexible, open and adaptively and reusable manners so that the resulting application framework could be used to effectively, flexibly and rapidly handle various environmental problems and issues. Research also demonstrates the framework algorithm with a case study. The proposed algorithm is referred as Adaptive Parallel Framework Algorithm (APF A). Core concept of the APF A is based on a parallelism, "many-to-one" mode to communicate among environmental applications, and takes advantages of a loosely coupled technology that helps archiving the required flexibility, extensibility and usability of integrated systems. The development of the APF A is based on the most flexible and advanced software integration technologies currently available -- web service technologies. A demonstration case study based on Old Dominion Aquifer Simulation Model (ODASM) is implemented to illustrate functionalities and advantages of the APFA. Some limitations and future directions of the APF A are also discussed.


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