Water continues to be a limited resource. In many countries, water for direct human consumption is given priority over irrigation water. This can lead to an increase in cost for fa[...]
Most of us have heard of the Pyramids, the Roman aqueducts, and Stonehenge – construction projects that required feats of engineering seemingly out of grasp for the ancient builder[...]
NASA’s announcement of a planned trip to Mars in the 2030s makes colonization of Mars seems closer than ever. However, Mars is completely hostile to human life – it’s too cold, too[...]
We know that architecture influences how we feel, act, and learn. Despite this knowledge, we are still slow to adopt changes to the way we design our schools. We need to be designi[...]
When we think of river restoration, often we think of restoring rural streams. However, urban streams are often the most damaged and the hardest to fix. There are several unique ch[...]
We are being bombarded with massive amounts of information. This is no different for businesses or organizations. The collection and analysis of this data is called Big Data. It ha[...]
Around 2016, we started hearing a lot about self-healing concrete. In recent years it has been lauded as one of the top civil engineering innovations. The question is: How well doe[...]
Bauxite, the largest source of aluminum in the world, was discovered is 1821 by a French geologist. It is used to make many of the products we use every day, but the environmental [...]
Home ventilation design has changed a lot over the years – from no ventilation 100 years ago, to the new smart ventilation systems being developed today. Smart ventilation is the c[...]
Asphaltic concrete cores have been used in dam construction around the world for over 50 years. They have been slow to catch on in North America, but their many advantages to tradi[...]
River restoration is returning a section of a river to as close to an undisturbed state as possible. River restoration restores the health of a river, but how well does it restore [...]
Geofoam has been used as a lightweight construction material in the United States since the 1980s. With almost 40 years since its first use, you wouldn’t expect innovation. It work[...]