Tag: Disasters

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NIST will investigate Champlain Towers South collapse

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s technical investigation could lead to building code improvements.

Engineers help prepare for hurricane season

To protect people and infrastructure from hurricanes, engineers' efforts range from sea walls to sewer systems, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Quest for answers begins following Florida building collapse

The tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida, leaves a mountain of questions for forensic investigations to answer.

Army Corps’ rapid mapping helped end Piney Point evacuations in Florida

In early April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rapidly developed new inundation maps to help address public safety concerns due to a leaking reservoir at a decommissioned phosphate plant in Florida.

Removing the ‘Ever Given’ from the Suez Canal is just the beginning

Dredgers helped free the massive Ever Given container ship after it became stuck in the Suez Canal at the end of March. But the impact of the incident is still developing.

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...

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?

Why should engineers join together theory and practice?

David Blockley, Ph.D., F.IStructE, F.ICE, author of Building Bridges: Between Theory and Practice, talks about the huge gaps between what engineers know, what they do, and why things go wrong.

New means of assessing tsunami risk to small craft marinas

A new paper in the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering presents a risk framework that can be used by decision makers to assess tsunami risks to small craft harbors.

Brent Spence Bridge, important conduit between Kentucky and Ohio, reopens

The bridge, which spans the Ohio River, was closed after a serious crash. The structure reopened a day ahead of schedule after a coordinated repair project.