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New paper maps spatial and temporal evolution of ditch networks

A new paper in the "Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering" uses aerial images to provide new insight into temporal and special distribution of catchment-scale peatland drainage.

ASCE partners with new NSF research alliance

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering this week launched the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance, the first engineering research visioning organization of its kind.

Buro Happold sets ambitious company and client climate targets

The global engineering consulting firm Buro Happold recently set ambitious targets for achieving net-zero carbon status as a company and reducing the carbon emissions of its clients.

Would you believe what wood can achieve?

University of Maryland researchers are turning trees into super-strong, nearly invisible, and definitely “cool” building materials.

EMI Conference speaker’s statistical methods make the unpredictable more predictable

How can you model extreme events and predict them before they happen? One of the world’s foremost experts in probabilistic mechanics and stochastic mechanics plans to show you at the upcoming Engineering Mechanics Institute conference.

New means of improving gusset plate design’s seismic performance

Gusset plates connect weight-bearing beams and girders to columns on bridges, buildings and other structures. To minimize failure of this important connection, the connections to the beam and column must be stronger than the braces themselves. A new study in the Journal of Structural Engineering, "Incorporating Frame Action into Seismic Design of Gusset Plates" by Yao Cui, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; Xiaozhuo Xu; Tracy C. Becker, Ph.D.,...

Researchers test sand-silt mixtures to predict liquefaction resistance

A paper in the March issue of "Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering" focuses on granular soils containing nonplastic fines (silt), investigating the combined effect of the void ratio, effective vertical stress, and fines content on the liquefaction resistance of sands.

New method developed to create super-hard metals

Researchers at Brown University have developed a pressure sintering method that compresses individual nanoclusters of crystals to form macro-scale chunks of super-hard solid metal.

Applying virtual reality to assess construction’s ergonomic risks

Can a virtual reality-based ergonomic assessment method reduce the need for physical mock-ups and lessen the cost and time required to develop and implement an improved workstation design? A new study conducted experiments.

Oregon tests granular approach to pay-per-mile fees

As gas tax revenue decreases within the state, the Oregon Department of Transportation studies driver behavior to explore funding alternatives.