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Category: Geotechnical Engineering

Research will help urban planners prioritize bike lanes

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new virtual tool could help planners choose the best places to install bikes lanes in cities. The data-based tool builds on previous research at the University of Waterloo that validated the safety benefits of bike lanes for cyclists and motorists. Collected using sensors and a handlebar camera as researchers cycled hundreds of kilometres in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, the data showed bike lanes virtually eliminate vehicles getting too close to cyclists when they pass them. …

Cutting-edge underwater mining system can give flooded mines a new lease of life

Credit: Andriy Solovyov, Shutterstock Europe has an estimated EUR 100 billion worth of unexploited mineral resources lying at depths of 500-1,000 m. Following centuries of active mining, the continent’s more accessible mineral deposits are mostly depleted. However, there are still deep-lying resources in abandoned flooded mines and in unmined underwater deposits that can’t be exploited using conventional dry mining techniques. Thanks to a novel underwater mining system developed by the EU-funded project VAMOS, currently unreachable mineral deposits will be extracted…

Four Mizzou Engineering faculty receive named professorships

Henry He, Guoliang Huang, Jian Lin and Erik Loehr (L-R, top to bottom) received named professorships this week. Last spring, faculty representatives from the College of Engineering developed a Faculty Honors Program to adhere to the campus guidelines for awarding faculty fellowships and honors. This program was approved by the Provost’s Office in March 2018. To select this year’s honorees, Dean Elizabeth Loboa sought recommendations from the College’s Dean’s Council for Teaching Excellence and Dean’s Council for Research Excellence. Henry…

Accurately predicting fracture mechanics can help industry optimize pumping, fracturing-fluid viscosity, other parameters — ScienceDaily

A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics. It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process. “Our model is far more realistic than current models and software used in the industry,” said Zden?k Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. “This…

MU Engineering professor helps solidify new bridge inspection standards

In July of 2018, FHWA issued guidance allowing the use of a risk-based analysis process to identify eligible bridges. Mizzou Engineering Professor Glenn Washer’s research influenced that decision. Mizzou Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Glenn Washer has long been a proponent of more common-sense, risk-based federal bridge inspection standards, and he’s done the research to back them up. And now, those standards have become federal policy. Since 1967, all bridges must be inspected fully every two years per federal law.…

MU Engineering faculty takes smart cities research to new heights

Smart cities are on the rise. Smart sensing systems and associated data analysis frameworks play a key role in development of smart cities. Mizzou Engineering faculty are leading the way in this realm, and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has the accolades to prove it. Alavi The more the researchers study the potential of integrating smart sensors and data analytics to properly manage civil infrastructure systems, the more necessary a book became. In this arena, Assistant Professor Amir Alavi…

Aquatic animals’ maximum jumping height is related to their body size, while ‘entrained water mass’ plays a limiting role — ScienceDaily

Ever watch aquatic animals jump out of the water and wonder how they manage to do it in such a streamlined and graceful way? A group of researchers who specialize in water entry and exit in nature had the same question and are exploring the specific physical conditions required for animals to successfully leap out of water. During the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics 71st Annual Meeting, which will take place Nov. 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress…

Students awarded more than $1.29 million at Scholarship Dinner

Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Civil Engineering alumnus Jim Kissick were the speakers at Thursday’s Scholarship Dinner. Photo by Shelby O’Keefe. More than $1.29 million in scholarships were awarded to 537 Mizzou Engineering students at Thursday’s annual Scholarship Dinner. At the event, recipients had the chance to meet and commiserate with the individuals, families, friends and faculty of the College who funded their scholarships. Jim Kissick was one of the hundreds of supporters of Mizzou Engineering and its students, and he…

Alumnus helps solidify strength of construction management minor

Sherman Honeycutt, seen here with Carlos Sun, earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mizzou in 1974. Sherman Honeycutt has made a career out of construction management. And now he’s paying his love of the industry forward as MU Civil and Environmental Engineering reintroduces its construction management minor. Honeycutt earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mizzou in 1974. He went on to become president at Design & Construction Management Services, Inc. in the, San Francisco Bay Area.…

A clever way to recover weather balloon radiosondes

Julie Reznicek, Hugo Cruz, Lorenzo Donadio,Simon Léo Albers and Guillem Rivas Castellá. Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne The meteorological sensors carried into the upper atmosphere by weather balloons are often lost as they return to earth. As part of their Bachelor’s project, five EPFL students worked on a system to recover this equipment. Dozens of balloon-borne radiosondes are released into the atmosphere every day. They measure temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity and wind direction at different altitudes before eventually falling…