As recent deluges in St. Louis and Kentucky show, flash flooding can happen in urban and rural areas, with deadly results in either setting.
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.
With adaptive design, infrastructure is ready to be expanded in the future. It’s working for the Dutch.
What if roads and bridges could signal structural problems that need repair?
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.
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.