Tag: Environmental

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AI-driven building facade will learn and ‘improve’ itself

A 53-story tower, dubbed Vertical Oasis, will be capable of harnessing nature through a combination of factors such as renewable energy harvesting and AI.

One highway solved three problems outside Austin, Texas

Workers needed a faster commute to Austin, Texas. Local residents needed commuters to stay off their neighborhood roads. Engineers needed to avoid an aquifer. The solution? A higher highway.

Engineers use hydropower from Red Rock Dam to generate clean and reliable electricity

Red Rock Dam was not designed to generate hydroelectric power. But engineers overcame all challenges to adapt the facility to produce clean power.

What are the costs of life-cycle distributed stormwater control measures?

A new paper in the "Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment" presents a module that advances understanding of stormwater cost profiles using a process-based tool.

New Face finds passion for water resources, community building

New Face of Civil Engineering Timothy Alston has turned his childhood appreciation for nature into a successful career in water resources.

New Face honoree seeks systems solutions to world water crises

New Face of Civil Engineering Kimberly Pugel has taken her fear of climate change and turned it into positive action.

Canadian cities stop discharging raw sewage to ocean

The 108 ML/d McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant began advanced wastewater treatment operations in December for several Canadian cities in the Victoria region.

Assessing the economic benefits of blue-green infrastructure

Blue-green infrastructure provides multiple benefits to humans and ecosystems, including health and biodiversity, but little data exists on economic benefit.

Free ASCE paper detects SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

Authors of a new report in the Journal of Environmental Engineering, “SARS-CoV-2 in Detroit Wastewater,” share their first detection in regional wastewater in Detroit, and present methods used.

Spa design collects water from fog for use on-site

An international architecture firm has released the design of a health spa in eastern Nepal that will capture moisture from fog and convert it into water.