Pedro Reis receives Early Career Award from National Science Foundation
iCivilEngineer - IT News, January 25, 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced recently that Pedro Reis will receive a 2014 Early Career Award from the NSF's Structural Mechanics and Materials program for his project, "Smart Morphable Surfaces for Aerodynamic Drag Control." The Early Career Award is the NSF's most prestigious awa...
University uses driving simulator for vehicle-to-vehicle research
iCivilEngineer - IT News, January 25, 2014
While some students may think Patrick F. Taylor Hall is made up of typical lecture halls and engineering classrooms, they may not know about the driving simulator on the second floor. Sherif Ishak, professor and undergraduate coordinator of the University's civil engineering program, and graduate re...
Researchers unearth old canal used to build ancient capital in Kyoto
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 19, 2013
A private excavation group based in Kobe has found the remains of a canal-like ditch likely used in the construction of the Heiankyo, which served as the capital of Japan a millennium ago, here in Kyoto's Kamigyo Ward. The "Kodai Bunka Chosakai" group (ancient culture investigation group) said Oct. ...
Team looks to steel tower power against storm
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 19, 2013
Tornadoes and downbursts pound transmission towers across Ontario, causing not only huge economic losses from the needed repairs, but also the interruption of electric service to thousands of customers and businesses, which, in some cases, can be weeks to remedy. While Ashraf El Damatty cannot contr...
Making cities more resilient in the face of natural disasters
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 19, 2013
Short-sighted design is at the root of much of the destruction caused by environmental crises, whether it is flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis or other natural disasters. Buildings and critical infrastructure fail because they were not originally designed to withstand today's intensified force of Moth...
UF Research Team Surveys Tornado Damage
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 19, 2013
University of Florida researchers are evaluating the damage done after a powerful tornado ravaged Moore, Okla. UF engineering professor David Prevatt and his team of civil engineering students traveled to the city a few days after the storm that killed almost 30 people and injured nearly 400 others....
Computer models of tornadoes show possible sheltering region behind hills
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 19, 2013
Using 3-D computer models, University of Arkansas researchers have demonstrated the influence of hills on tornadoes. Their models revealed that the height of a hill and the size of a tornado’s vortex have a significant effect on the tornado’s destructive power. The findings could be used...
Land-hungry Hong Kong looks underground, as developers eye parks
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 10, 2013
Yet in Hong Kong, where more than 7 million people are packed into just 30 percent of the territory, the green belts, country parks, woodlands and wetlands that take up the rest of the land provide ample space for such animals to roam. That could be about to change. As officials scour the territory ...
U.S. Can Learn Valuable Lessons From Dutch Expertise on Sea-Level Rise
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 10, 2013
Water connects the human experience, but a special connection exists between Florida and the Dutch. With common duties to manage floodwaters along exposed coastlines, and dense agricultural and urban environments threatened by the risks of sea level rise, water managers from the U.S. and the Netherl...
`Aquanauts' travel along 56-mile fresh water pipeline to inspect it for first time in 50 years
iCivilEngineer - IT News, October 10, 2013
Eighty `aquanauts' are travelling along the 56-mile pipeline that brings fresh water from the Lake District to Manchester for its first inspection in half a century. The Haweswater Aqueduct, which transports water from Cumbria to Heaton Park, is being emptied for two weeks to allow officials inside....
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