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Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Feb. 17, 2017 — Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Researchers are studying corrosion to help industry develop longer-lasting photovoltaic panels and increase ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Bridges built to meet current Canadian safety codes are being 'overbuilt' and may not withstand a major earthquake, says a new ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Researchers have developed a general framework to design reconfigurable metamaterials. The design strategy is scale independent, meaning it can be applied to everything from meter-scale architectures ... read more

One Radiator to Heat a Whole Floor

Jan. 12, 2017 — Saving energy from building highly insulated homes — often called passive homes or zero-emissions homes — makes sense for the climate and for the homeowner's pocketbook. But what happens if ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — An alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes has been developed. It is now used in a test dome for the Austrian Federal Railways ... read more

New Laser Scanning Test to Assess Fire-Damaged Concrete

Dec. 12, 2016 — Laser scanning is a new and viable structural safety technique to detect the damaging effects of fire on concrete, new engineering research has ... read more

'Listening' to Signals Traveling Through Bridges for Diagnosing Damage

Nov. 30, 2016 — A passive and noninvasive approach has been developed to “listen” to a collection of relevant signals from bridges and other mechanical structures to diagnose changes or ... read more

Nov. 10, 2016 — The Waldbahn railway line near Welzheim is one of the most beautiful railway lines in South Germany and listed as a monument. Its viaducts, however, require restoration. The 100-year-old Laufenmühle ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — Bridge collapses are rare, but there have been enough of them to raise concerns in some parts of the world that their condition is not sufficiently monitored. In Sweden however, researchers ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — Offshore wind turbines are becoming ever larger, and the transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of their gigantic rotor blades are presenting operators with new challenges. Now ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — When a truck rumbles by a building, vibrations can travel up to the structure's roof and down again, generating transient tremors through the intervening floors and beams. Now researchers have ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — New homes are increasingly being built with unusual roof shapes, and new research reveals the potential for some new designs to lose roof cladding if houses aren't well maintained or have minor ... read more

Sep. 30, 2016 — The mass wood structure and façade has been completed for UBC's Brock Commons student residence -- the world's tallest wood building at 18 storeys (53 metres, about 174 feet) -- four ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — A research group has developed room temperature multiferroic materials by a layer-by-layer assembly of nanosheet building blocks. Multiferroic materials are expected to play a vital role in the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — A new project has been launched to learn how to use a type of bridge pile often seen in offshore applications. The research could help reduce the cost of bridge building or replacement of aging ... read more

Civil Engineering Society Issues First-Ever Tsunami-Safe Building Standards

Sep. 28, 2016 — When the next huge tsunami strikes the western United States, people in and around some newly built coastal structures will be more safe thanks to new national construction standards -- the first ... read more

Sep. 28, 2016 — Scientists have measured the mechanics of tiny crystalline ceramics. Materials are made of atoms, and if they are arranged periodically, they are called crystalline structures. If the size of these ... read more

Lowering the Heat Makes New Materials Possible While Saving Energy

Sep. 26, 2016 — A low-temperature process has been developed that has opened a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Scientists have developed a method of allowing materials, commonly used in aircraft and satellites, to self-heal cracks at temperatures well below freezing. The article is among the first to show ... read more

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