Tag: Civil Engineering

Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored

Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored

Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored

07/14/19

“Why do we need to constantly monitor groundwater?”

Groundwater is used worldwide for drinking and irrigation water. However, if levels become too low or the water becomes too toxic, then there could be disastrous consequences on a community’s health, as in the current ongoing case in Chennai, India. This is Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored.

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Sea Level Rise Resilience

Sea Level Rise Resilience

Sea Level Rise Resilience

07/10/19

“Why do we need to protect against sea level rise?”

As the climate changes, sea levels will also rise. This will cause great devastation to coastal communities that were not designed with such high levels in mind. To solve this, institutions, municipalities must implement Sea Level Rise Resilience through walled barriers or managed retreat. Although the upfront cost may seem like a large investment, it will protect against much costlier long-term consequences.  

Cross Laminated Timber

Cross Laminated Timber

Cross Laminated Timber

07/09/19

“How can we make buildings quicker, more sustainably, and more resilient to fire?”

The built environment is going through a crisis. Not enough housing is being developed, the cement used in construction emits a voluminous amount of embodied carbon, and they are prone to destruction by fire. So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this? Well, what if we were to take many thin wood planks, glue them together to make a series of squares, and then attach these squares perpendicular to each other with adhesives? Not only is this material extra durable, but is also tough against fires and feaster to build in comparison with cement. The added efficiencies add by Cross Laminated Timber can help with societal decarbonization and fixing the housing crisis.

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Rail Freight Transportation

Rail Freight Transportation

Rail Freight Transportation

07/06/19

“How is cargo moved by rail?”

Most cargo is traded by sea. However, many communities live inland and far away from any port. So how do they receive cargo? Well, quite simply, their items are loaded onto a train and moved around via Rail Freight Transportation. Rail freight transport can be extremely cost effective, costing only 2.5 US cents to move one ton a kilometer.

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Industrial Water Treatment Plants

Industrial Water Treatment Plants

Industrial Water Treatment Plants

06/21/19

“How is water treated on the industrial scale?”

Water treatment is vital for industrialized civilization. However, in order to have it on a massive scale, special facilities will need to be used. This can be accomplished through Industrial Water Treatment Plants, where massive scales of water can be fed in and cleansed. These systems are typically kept close enough to municipalities so they can provide quick service but far enough away where they won’t be able to cause too much pollution to people’s lives.

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Why Undergrounding Power Lines Makes Them More Vulnerable to Flood Damage

Why Undergrounding Power Lines Makes Them More Vulnerable to Flood Damage

Why Undergrounding Power Lines Makes Them More Vulnerable to Flood Damage

04/12/19

“Why is undergrounding power lines not recommended for flood-prone areas?”

Undergrounding power lines is a recommended course of action to build resilience against forest fires, storms, and heavy winds. However, this also makes them more prone to flood damage, as they will become submerged in water in the event of one. This is Why Undergrounding Transmission Lines Makes Them More Vulnerable to Flood Damage.

The EPA Federal Test Procedure and Why It Is Important

The EPA Federal Test Procedure and Why It Is Important

The EPA Federal Test Procedure and Why It Is Important

03/23/19

“How are vehicles tested for emissions and fuel economy in the United States?”

In the United States, in order to sell a car the emissions and fuel economy must be known. But how can this be accomplished? Well, what if we were to make the vehicle undergo a series of standardized and controlled drive-cycles and measure fuel consumption? This way, not only can we measure its performance for that trip but compare it to every other vehicle that underwent a similar trip. Well, it turns out the EPA does exactly with The EPA Federal Test Procedure.

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