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.
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.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Researchers are using a rubber-soil mixture to make earthquake-proof foundations.
Can we trust expert football predictions? Perhaps, but it's variable.
When structures collapse, what's involved in finding out what really happened?
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.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gives US infrastructure a D+. What is it that we're doing wrong?
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.
Old and degraded infrastructure costs the United States money and puts lives at risk. A civil engineer describes some innovative ways to measure risks and prioritize repairs.
Tragedies involving building collapses prompt structural engineers to figure out what happened, and how to prevent it from recurring.
The Panama Canal just celebrated the opening of its new expansion, which incorporates several engineering marvels to allow it to finally support the super-sized cargo ships that dominate shipping.
Archaeological and textual detective work is filling in some information about how ancient Romans used and thought about their sewers thousands of years ago.
Study finds higher risk of flooding from a combination of storm surge and heavy precipitation, particularly along the East Coast of the US.