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University Turns School Into ‘Urban Laboratory’ to Combat Pollution

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A school has joined a landmark university health research project designed to use nature to tackle the health impact of busy city streets. St. Margaret Mary School, 7813 Shelbyville Road in Louisville, Ky., is the new site of an experiment…

Innovative Traffic Interchanges Help Drivers Avoid Crashes, Save Lives

COLUMBIA, Mo.—The state of Missouri is a pioneer in adopting Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDIs) named for their innovative design. At these interchanges,…

Research Looks to Make Swimming Pools Healthier and More Efficient

UBC engineering researchers are looking for ways to reduce energy use and minimize potential health concerns in community pools. In a study that will…

Researchers Develop Virtual City to Test Vehicles of the Future

May 10, 2016 - in Corporate, Modeling, Transportation

As driverless vehicles inch closer to becoming mainstream, there’s an important step between them and us: testing. Enter Springfield, the world’s first large-scale, multi-use driving simulation environment, developed by researchers at the University of…

In Cities, Flooding and Rainfall Extremes to Rise as Climate Changes

May 10, 2016 - in Corporate, Planning, Stormwater

Cities face harsher, more concentrated rainfall as climate change not only intensifies storms, but draws them into narrower bands of more intense downpours, UNSW engineers have found. This has major implications for existing stormwater infrastructure, particularly…

SFPE Foundation Awards Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant to University of Michigan

The SFPE Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2016 Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant has been awarded to the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for a project called “Computing Infrastructure for…

Floods and Coastal Erosion May Expose Contents of UK Landfills, Study Finds

The contents of historic coastal landfill sites could pose a significant environmental threat if they erode, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). There are 1264 historic coastal landfill sites in England and Wales, all of which…

New Research Could Lead to More Corrosion-Resistant Water Pipes

May 5, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Water

BINGHAMTON, NY – With documented public water problems in Flint, Mich., and Hoosick Falls, N.Y., caused by corrosion, understanding how copper is affected at the atomic level is critical to avoiding problems in future pipes. Corrosion-related damage costs…

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $8 Million Funding Opportunity for Innovative Public Transportation Mobility

May 4, 2016 - in Financial, Transportation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced an opportunity to apply for $8 million in federal funding for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to mobility issues in public transportation.…

FHWA Concludes MAP-21 Truck Size and Weight Limits Study

May 2, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Transportation

The Federal Highway Administration's truck size and weight limits study was delivered to Congress April 14, concluding more than three years of work on a report that was required by the 2012 MAP-21 surface transportation bill. The issue of truck size and weight…