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Category: Civil Engineering

Creating Video Sharing on LinkedIn: How the Engineering Team Perfected Cross-office, Cross-time zone Collaboration

Once the engineering leads came to a shared understanding of how the individual systems would need to interact with one another, the teams developed, prioritized, and scoped their own roadmap for the features and systems for which they were responsible. This first step in planning allowed smaller groups of the right stakeholders to come together as needed to work out some of the more complex integration points. For example, developing multi-part upload functionality to make uploads faster and more resilient…

Magnetic Positioning Technology – How It Works

Indoor Positioning System (IPS) is a way to finding individuals or objects of interest inside a building utilizing radio signs, geomagnetic fields, inertial sensor information, barometric weight, camera information or other tangible data gathered by a cell phone gadget or tablet. Indoor positioning is playing a vital role in introducing the workplaces of the future and high-end connectivity and interactive work environment. They are utilized to distinguish and track a position. Simply consider, it works like a GPS, however for…

Steering oceans of content to the world | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

A version of this post was originally published at research.fb.com. The Facebook network is an integral part of Facebook’s infrastructure. Every day, people and communities rely on Facebook’s global network and infrastructure to share information, ranging from photos and videos to messages and News Feed, and expanding to more interactive and rich 360 and VR applications. Facebook has built out a global network of points of presence (PoPs), each connected to tens or hundreds of networks. In order to support…

Scaling Contextual Conversation Suggestions Over LinkedIn’s Graph

We want to find all the paths of maximum length 3 from a starting node (a viewing member) to a destination node (company), and rank them based on the edges’ weights. Note that we only recommend the first degree connections. The first degree connection can be: Directly connected to company: currently or previously working at the company Indirectly connected to company: connected to a person who is directly connected to the company. Since we only recommend first degree connections to…

Abraham’s journey leads her to NSBE leadership

Mizzou senior civil engineering major Walta Abraham will serve as chair of the National Society of Black Engineers’ Region V Regional Leadership Conference, hosted at the University of Missouri. Photo by Amy Parris. A nudge from her adviser and a great experience in an introductory engineering course kickstarted Walta Abraham’s Mizzou Engineering journey. Those early steps led her all the way to this weekend, when she’ll serve as chair of the National Society of Black Engineers’ Region V Regional Leadership…

How acoustics can be an early warning system for bridges

Credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jinying Zhu’s emerging technology is on the ball, off the chain and poised to make bridges safe by sound. The civil engineer has designed and refined an acoustic approach to detecting defects in concrete bridge decks. Her system represents a much faster, more accurate alternative to a conventional method of identifying delamination, a gradual separation of concrete layers that can subtly compromise the structural integrity of a bridge. “When we find this delamination, we…

Bioactive tissue paper made from organs is pliable enough to fold into origami structures — ScienceDaily

Northwestern Medicine scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive “tissue papers” made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even fold into an origami bird. The new biomaterials can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The tissue papers are made from structural proteins excreted by cells that give organs their form and structure. The proteins are combined with a polymer to make the…

Understanding corrosion processes in concrete

New Taminabrücke view from below. Credit: flickr/Kecko/CC BY 2.0 Will reinforced concrete bridges still be standing for years to come, or has corrosion already set in? ETH scientists have discovered that previous concrete samples were too small to allow a reliable statement on the condition of reinforced concrete. Taminabrücke opened in June this year following four years of construction. At 475 metres, the reinforced concrete bridge is the longest arch bridge in Switzerland. This is a construction created to last…

Prototyping with React VR – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

At Airbnb, we’ve been using React to build user interfaces for our website since 2014. React has radically changed our approach to building UI, and we’ve been active contributors to the open source community with projects such as Enzyme, Hypernova, react-sketchapp, react-with-styles, react-dates, and react-native-maps. React VR provided a unique opportunity to leverage our expertise to rapidly test and iterate many of the VR ideas we’ve been playing with. To do this, we brought together a small team of React…

Cicada wings may inspire new surface technologies

The wings of Megatibicen dorsatus, a prairie-dwelling cicada, are helping engineers design water-repellent surfaces. Credit: Catherine Dana Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities. Their wings allow cicadas to fly, of course, but they also are good at repelling water – a condition that humans can appreciate, too. “Our work with cicadas is letting us explore a field called bioinspiration,” said Nenad Miljkovic,…