Tag: Natural Disasters

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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?

Work underway at highway washout on Big Sur coast in California

In January, a 150 ft section of the iconic Highway 1 along the coast of California washed into the ocean. Portions of this coastline are particularly vulnerable to such events.

Airports at risk from sea level rise could more than double by 2100, study finds

Researchers examining the threat to coastal airports from future sea level rise estimate that at least 10% of air routes could be disrupted.

University of California, San Diego shake table to be upgraded

The world’s largest high-performance outdoor shake table, a backbone of seismic studies, will be upgraded to move in six directions by October.

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.

Houston-area community expands major stormwater detention project

As part of a larger Texan effort to reduce flooding from increasingly extreme storms, Clear Lake City Water Authority is converting a former golf course into a stormwater management area.

Simple retrofit may keep the lights on after an earthquake

Brittle power transformer bushings tend to fail during large earthquakes, but researchers have found a way to reduce downtime and repair costs through a simple, inexpensive fix.

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.

Let your passions inspire your career

Daniel Campbell is using his knowledge of surveying, soil mechanics, building design, and construction management to help the most vulnerable communities in Dominica rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Learning about loss

Civil Engineers have learned a great deal from the catastrophic tsunami that struck Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka in December 2004.