Flood damage in Edenville, Mich., after a dam failed on May 19, 2020.
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More extreme rainfall and frequent storms are raising the risk that floodwaters could spill over dams, or that dams could fail.
Turkey’s Adana Hospital survived February 2023 earthquakes with no damage because of its seismic isolation system.
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February earthquakes wreaked havoc across Turkey and Syria, killing tens of thousands of people. An engineer originally from Turkey describes what kept some buildings functional while others collapsed.
Pickup trucks creep through flood waters in Richland, Miss., following a morning of torrential rains in August 2022.
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Flash flooding can happen in both urban and rural areas, with deadly results in either setting.
Left turns are dangerous and cause a lot of unnecessary traffic.
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Left turns are dangerous and slow down traffic. One solution? Get rid of them. New research shows that limiting left turns at busy intersections would improve safety and reduce frustrating backups.
In the Netherlands, some flood control systems are designed to adapt to future climate change.
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With adaptive design, infrastructure is ready to be expanded in the future. It’s working for the Dutch.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco averages more than 100,000 vehicles daily.
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What if roads and bridges could signal structural problems that need repair?
An earthquake drill for passengers and staff at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, the world’s busiest train station by passenger numbers.
Japan took a fresh approach to ensuring their society was more resilient to the frequent earthquakes they experience. We could learn from its experience.
The damage to the dam holding back a reservoir just a mile from the nearest town downriver should focus minds on ensuring civil infrastructure is maintained.
Deadly debris flows came to Los Angeles after heavy rain pounded wildfire-scarred land.
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One natural disaster can exacerbate the effects of others – think landslides after wildfires. This means engineers and planners need to rethink how they assess and prepare for risk.
Bumps in the road are dangerous, expensive and difficult to fix.
The Ponte Morandi bridge, Genoa, after its collapse, which has claimed dozens of lives.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Collapsed building after 2018 Lombok earthquake.
Researchers are using a rubber-soil mixture to make earthquake-proof foundations.
One of the favourites to win the World Cup, Germany’s national football team, on their way to Russia.
Can we trust expert football predictions? Perhaps, but it’s variable.
What caused this bridge to collapse?
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When structures collapse, what’s involved in finding out what really happened?
Could a secret ingredient make crumbling concrete a thing of the past?
Adding a bit of fungus to the initial ingredient list might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to fill in any bits of damage that occur, without the need for human intervention.
We’d need some major innovation to bridge the Channel without disrupting shipping.
Heavy storms in February caused parts of a California highway to give way.
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The American Society of Civil Engineers gives US infrastructure a D+. What is it that we’re doing wrong?
What could be better?
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It’s been 80 years since this beloved landmark opened to San Francisco traffic. In the interim, technology has advanced – is there a better way to span this strait?
A round airport would let more flights take off in a smaller space, but the technology is nowhere near ready to make it work.
The St Petersburg attack shows how engineering and psychology can help optimise how people are evacuated in a disaster.