Topic: Innovation

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Zero-carbon Fusion Demonstration Plant moves forward

Construction will begin later this year on a facility that is intended to demonstrate a new, zero-carbon approach to generating energy from nuclear fusion.

How autonomous vehicles will change road designs

Self-driving vehicles could change not only how we get from place to place but also how we design the roads we ride along — and how we handle stormwater flows.

How to build a railroad underpass: When push comes to slide

When a busy highway and hurricane evacuation route could not be shut down for construction of a rail underpass, the team turned to an unconventional solution.

Federal government seeks to boost building sector energy efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced various initiatives to reduce building sector energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

New coalition calls on Congress to promote digital technologies in infrastructure

A new industry coalition is promoting greater use of digital technologies that improve the processes of planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining U.S. infrastructure.

Artificial lake fulfills many roles in a new Houston park

Hines Lake provides the local community with stormwater treatment, flood control protection, recreational facilities, and other benefits.

How wet is your wetland?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Swamp School have each released tools that automate the process to determine if a wetland is in dry, normal, or wet condition at any time.

Artificial archipelago will store thermal energy off Helsinki’s coast

Ten 225 m diameter ‘islands’ – four encased in domes to form greenhouses – will store heat in deep, thermally insulated basins that can hold up to 10 million cu m of water.

New paper assesses urban regeneration using a dynamic perspective

A new paper in the "Journal of Urban Planning and Development" proposes an evaluation model for urban growth stages, interpreting classical theory in order to apply it to Seoul, South Korea.

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.