Tag: Disasters

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Pressurized sand damper proposed for earthquake engineering

Earthquake shaking has resulted in severe damage of structures built in the past 40 years, despite being designed according to building codes valid at the time of construction. Seismic displacement has been identified as the cause, and over the past four decades many seismic and wind engineering design and retrofit strategies have been employed. One such strategy is the addition of fluid dampers to...

How to enhance infrastructure for wildfire prevention

Natural disasters threaten civil engineers’ duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. So how can engineers safeguard infrastructure and protect communities from these crises?

Why should engineers join together theory and practice?

David Blockley, Ph.D., F.IStructE, F.ICE, author of Building Bridges: Between Theory and Practice, talks about the huge gaps between what engineers know, what they do, and why things go wrong.

New means of assessing tsunami risk to small craft marinas

A new paper in the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering presents a risk framework that can be used by decision makers to assess tsunami risks to small craft harbors.

Brent Spence Bridge, important conduit between Kentucky and Ohio, reopens

The bridge, which spans the Ohio River, was closed after a serious crash. The structure reopened a day ahead of schedule after a coordinated repair project.

Response team investigates wildfire damage to buried drinking water infrastructure

A response team led an investigation into the damage sustained to Paradise, California's, buried drinking water infrastructure caused by the November 2018 Camp Fire.

Duke researchers ask: Can soil temperature predict a landslide?

Duke University researchers are taking the temperature of landslides to help predict sudden, catastrophic failures of the moving land masses.

Slideshow: Lessons learned from the Beirut port explosion

Get an up-close look at the types of building damage identified by engineers after an Aug. 4, 2020, explosion rocked Beirut, killing nearly 200 people and causing $10 to $15 billion in damage.

Preparing for inundation

Tsunamis might be infrequent and localized, but their impact on coastlines can be catastrophic. Find out how engineers’ long-running efforts to better protect coastal communities have finally paid off.

Training for disaster

The facilities at which first responders train for disaster response must be designed and constructed to withstand fire, blast, wind, and much more.