Topic: Innovation

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How effective is building waste as a sand substitute in backfill material?

A new paper in the "International Journal of Geomechanics" looks specifically at replacing sand with waste materials in a retaining wall.

New paper probes mobile technology’s effectiveness in communicating COVID-19 health alerts

A new paper in the "Natural Hazards Review" offers a preliminary look at state-level and locality-level wireless emergency alert systems.

Using remote sensing to detect changes in soil surface elevation

Agriculture tillage is the process of ripping the soil to prepare it for planting. This is the most common management method in U.S. agriculture. Remote sensing contributes to the monitoring of topographical and land morphological changes. A new paper in the Journal of Surveying Engineering, "Comparison of sUAS Photogrammetry and TLS for Detecting Changes in Soil Surface Elevations Following Deep Tillage," assesses the effectiveness...

Taking a rigorous approach to creativity in civil engineering

How can civil engineers integrate more creativity into their work? Oliver Broadbent takes a rigorous approach by balancing creative thinking with analytical and technical thinking to support the profession’s overall success.

Got face masks? Make a road!

Wondering what to do with those millions and millions of disposable face masks that people have been wearing during the pandemic — and then disposing of basically wherever they please?

New paper predicts transient response of air pockets in pipe networks

A paper in the "Journal of Hydraulic Engineering" explores how air pocket anomalies may distort transient signals.

Floating, nature-forward campus imagined for New York Harbor

Seven man-made “disc” islands that are linked via walkways and surrounded by floating wetlands are designed for humans and flora and fauna.

Transit project extends rail to Silicon Valley

The $2.3-billion Berryessa extension project overcame site challenges to bring heavy-rail passenger trains to Northern California’s Santa Clara County.

New bridge boosts capacity from Port of Long Beach

More goods can move faster across – and under – a cable-stayed bridge at one of the nation’s busiest ports.

In situ concrete maturity sensors save construction time, money

Piezoelectric concrete sensors are capable of assessing concrete’s maturity in situ, a development that will increase construction site flexibility.