Tag: Mechanical Engineering

Why We Will Need a Mass-Retrofit Program for Older Buildings in the Wake of Climate Change

Why We Will Need a Mass-Retrofit Program for Older Buildings in the Wake of Climate Change

Why We Will Need a Mass-Retrofit Program for Older Buildings in the Wake of Climate Change

07/06/21

“Why will we need a mass-retrofit program for older buildings in the wake of climate change?”

As the (as of writing) recent surfside condo building collapse shows, older buildings are prone to structural failures due to environmental conditions. With the advent of climate change, the planet is going to only become more tumultuous. If we want to keep older buildings in use, then we will need to have a mass retrofit program. This is Why We Will Need a Mass-Retrofit Program for Older Buildings in the Wake of Climate Change.

Why Climate Change Will Lead to More Building Failures

Why Climate Change Will Lead to More Building Failures

Why Climate Change Will Lead to More Building Failures

07/04/21

“Why will climate change lead to more building failure?”

Many buildings have pre-existing flaws in their construction, whether it be leaky pipes or shaky foundations. With the advent of climate change, these flaws will be exacerbated and will lead to more failures. This is Why Climate Change Will Lead to More Building Failures.

Affordable Housing Relocation in Wake of Climate Change

Affordable Housing Relocation in Wake of Climate Change

Affordable Housing Relocation in Wake of Climate Change

06/21/22

“How will we manage affordable housing relocation in the wake of climate change?”

With the advent of climate change, affordable housing is going to get swept up by rising sea levels, wildfires, and infrastructure collapse. Some areas that used to be a great place to live will no longer be safe. So how can we make sure that affordable housing residents have a safe place to live? Well, what if we were to simply build new affordable housing somewhere else where it is less perilous? Well, that’s called Affordable Housing Relocation in Wake of Climate Change and will be a necessary action in the new climate paradigm.

Why Metal Recycling Can Improve Infrastructure Resilience

Why Metal Recycling Can Improve Infrastructure Resilience

Why Metal Recycling Can Improve Infrastructure Resilience

06/20/21

“Why can metal recycling improve economic resilience?”

Metals have been one of the underpinnings of many human civilizations for thousands of years now. Because of this, when a metal shortage happens, a whole multitude of problems can arise. Buildings can’t get repaired, pipes can break down, and fabrication of vital items grind to a halt. So how can we protect ourselves against this? Well, what if we were to recycle metal? That way, metal scraps that are usually discarded are instead repurposed. This is Why Metal Recycling Can Improve Infrastructure Resilience.

Water Storage Tanks

Water Storage Tanks

Water Storage Tanks

06/01/21

“How can we store water in a mechanical vessel?”

Water is one of the most important foundations of life on this planet. The industrialized world functions based on easy access to it, whether it be for drinking throughout the day or powering our factories. However, a natural source of water may not be nearby. So how can we provide a place to store it nearby? Well, we know that water can be easily placed in a metal container. So what if we were to build giant metal containers connected to pipes that we could easily draw and withdraw from? This is the idea behind Water Storage Tanks and is one of the most prevalent pieces of infrastructure in the world.

Climate Risk Trade-Off Analysis

Climate Risk Trade-Off Analysis

Climate Risk Trade-Off Analysis

05/27/21

“How can we do a cost-benefit analysis with infrastructure investment and future climate impact trade-offs?”

Infrastructure stakeholders have limited financial capacity and may not wish to invest right away into climate adaptation measures. However, if they perform Climate Risk Trade-Off Analysis and look how costly future damages might be, then they may realize that early investment may work out after all. This can be accomplished using quantitative statistical methods, case studies, and site visits.

Housing Demolitions Due to Climate Risk

Housing Demolitions Due to Climate Risk

Housing Demolitions Due to Climate Risk

05/02/21

“Why will there be housing demolitions due to climate risk?”

Whether it be through extended wildfire vulnerability or sea-level rise zones, more houses will be at risk due to climate change. Some of these places will be so at risk that they will no longer be considered habitable, and the people living there will have to pack-up and move. This is going to lead to Housing Demolitions Due to Climate Risk, and will be seen more often in the future.

Geographic Levee Density Estimation

Geographic Levee Density Estimation

Geographic Levee Density Estimation

04/23/21

“How can we estimate the amount of levees in a geographic area?”

Levees can be nearly everywhere that has a flood risk. For infrastructure management purposes, it would be useful to know how many levees there are in a given area. This can be accomplished using Geographic Levee Density Estimation, which involves using data analysis to see the levees in an area, their capacity, and how it related to the given geographic area.