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Biodeterioration is the break-down of materials through biological processes. The process typically starts as an invisible biofilm, also called a pioneering biofilm, before becomin[...]
When we hunt for new ways to construct buildings, we are often brought full circle to the past. This week we wanted to explore some of the new and more interesting building methods[...]
Starting with research in the mid-1980s, accelerated bridge construction (ABC) has gathered attention as a possible way to improve on bridge construction. Only in recent years has [...]
In our continual quest for energy efficient options, more and more evidence has been revealing the benefits of using heat pumps in residential buildings. In this week’s blog post, [...]
Sustainable building material is still a hot topic in industry and research. As our world’s population continues to grow, sustainability will become even more critical in coming ye[...]
Sadly, hospitals have been a big point of discussion lately. How they function and how they adapt to unknown challenges are major talking points. What will hospitals look like in t[...]
Sludge, the suspended and dissolved solids produced during water treatment, has long been a waste product. Both sewage and waterworks sludge are considered a non-hazardous material[...]
From algal blooms to dead zones, we cause considerable damage by allowing nitrogen to be released into our waterways. Since the activated sludge process commonly used at water trea[...]
We thought we would have some fun this week and do a round up of some of the latest designs using unusual materials. It’s all about carbon lately. Carbon fiber is a popular – often[...]
Current tunneling schedules and costs are hard to estimate due to the uncertainty of geologic conditions. This leaves everyone – engineer and client alike – wondering what the fina[...]