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Category: Civil Engineering

How virtual reality can defuse conflicts over building projects

The Immersive Engineering Lab is a modern working and presentation environment that allows immersive 3D displays for realistic, detailed, accurately rendered real-time visualization. Furthermore, the laboratory’s large media wall means it is ideally equipped for collaborative, multimedia work sessions. Credit: Uwe Voelkner / Fotoagentur FOX Fun, effective and easy to understand: New digital visualization technologies offer an excellent opportunity to improve communication with citizens on large building projects. Titled “Visualizing Building Projects,” the practical guidelines give planners, architects and public…

Construction material-based methodology for contingency base selection

In an era of global responsiveness, there is a continuing need for agencies and organizations to set up temporary contingency bases (CB) of operations in foreign nations. Examples of such CBs include epidemic hospitals, refugee camps, natural disaster response headquarters, and temporary military installations. The decision whether to import all construction material, to build entirely of local materials, or to purchase a combination of imported and local materials is a strategic decision. The outcome of such a decision will affect…

Sleek and Fast: Speeding Up your Fat Web Client

Once our RUM measurements and Session-weighted p90 were established so that we would know when we were at least as good as our existing site, we were almost ready to start the hard work of becoming sleek and fast. Knowing that RUM metrics and Session-weighted p90 were only going to be available once a daily Hadoop job completed, and that data from our beta group of internal employees was a bit noisy due to lower volume, we decided to set…

Dutch open ‘world’s first 3D-printed bridge’

A 3D printer laid some 800 layers of concrete to create the eight-metre bicycle bridge in the Dutch town of Gemert Dutch officials toasted on Tuesday the opening of what is being called the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is primarily meant to be used by cyclists. There was applause as officials wearing hard hats and workmen’s jackets rode over the bridge on their bikes at the inauguration in the southeastern town of Gemert. “The bridge is not…

Construction prototype for ultra-thin concrete roof

Credit: Block Research Group / ETH Zürich Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods. The tested novel formwork system will be used in an actual construction project for the first time next year. A prototype for an ultra-thin, sinuous concrete roof using innovative design and fabrication methods has been designed and built by researchers from the ETH Zürich. The shell is part of a roof-top apartment…

Timber bridges viable option for local roads

Fifteen fully loaded trucks per day typically cross a low-traffic county road bridge. To simulate this, the researchers applied a 32-kip, or 32,000 pounds-force, load to the middle of the bridge at a rate of one load per second. Credit: South Dakota State University Glulam timber bridges are viable and cost-effective options for replacing bridges on low-traffic county and township roads. That’s what researchers at the J. Lohr Structures Lab concluded after testing a full-scale glulam timber girder bridge. Glulam,…

Rebuilding slack.com – Several People Are Coding

A redesign powered by CSS Grid and optimized for performance and accessibility. In August, we released a major redesign of slack.com, and we want to give you a peek behind-the-scenes. Rebuilding our marketing website was a massive project that took careful coordination across a variety of teams, departments, and agencies. We implemented a redesign while overhauling all the under-the-hood code. Our aim was to address a few goals at the same time: deliver a consistent rebranded experience while tackling critical…

A war made me realize that the world needs biomedical engineers

Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering solutions to medical problems. Employment in the field is projected to grow 23 per cent from 2014 to 2024. Credit: Shutterstock It was a sunny and pleasant spring day in Dezful, a small city in the south part of Iran. There were not many people on the street but I remember a young teenager pedalling slowly on his bike. I remember him because a moment later he was decapitated by a piece of…

World’s most advanced shipborne radar ready to set sail

Members of the SEA-POL team with the radar, right before disassembly and shipment to San Diego for its voyage to sea. From left: engineer Francesc Junyent, engineer Jim George, CSU-CHILL facility manager Pat Kennedy, Professor of Atmospheric Science Steve Rutledge, graduate student Alex Morin, and Rutledge’s dog, Saphira. Credit: Colorado State University In mid-October, Steven Rutledge will sail to the intertropical convergence zone near the Equator aboard a 300-foot vessel called the R/V Roger Revelle. It’s not a vacation cruise.…

Writing a Resume Summary for Tech Jobs

Generally speaking, the resume professional summary should identify the key strengths for the position you are applying for. This is essential to customize your resume, particularly professional summary, according to the requirements of the job. Candidates who tailor their expertise to the needs of their prospective employer have a better chance to be hired. Including a summary helps to make the resume screening, interview and selection stages more efficient to the recruiter. By through reading the requirements for the job…