Topic: Resilience

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The remote-sensing tech revolutionizing geotechnical engineering

Staying current with the latest developments in the field can be difficult. Picking the right option for your project from among those latest developments is even more challenging.

Groundbreaking interagency report seeks to move beyond life-safety design standards

A new report from NIST and FEMA highlights the need for timely reoccupancy and functional recovery of buildings and infrastructure in the aftermath of earthquakes and other disasters.

Singapore’s newest desalination facility treats seawater and freshwater

Singapore's new underground Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant can treat freshwater and seawater, facilitating the efforts of the water-limited nation to diversify its water supplies.

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...

Now is (finally) the time to future-proof our infrastructure

Constantine Samaras and Mikhail Chester write of the unique opportunity afforded by the upcoming infrastructure bill in Congress, presenting it as a chance to finally address the country’s need for climate-resilient infrastructure.

SEI Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program takes aim at embodied carbon

The SEI Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program provides structural engineers with the tools and resources necessary to contribute and track projects toward the vision of net-zero embodied carbon structures by 2050.

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?

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.

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.