Civil + Structural Engineering News

Earthquake software refines ODOT bridge inspection process

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is now implementing the use of ShakeCast, a program created by the U.S. Geological Survey. The ShakeCast program will enable the nearly 300 trained ODOT employees to quickly determine which bridges to inspect first after an earthquake.

NIST funds 12 community resilience projects

Using biological materials as flame retardants, defining the characteristics of soil liquefaction during earthquakes and collecting disaster data with aerial drones are among the 12 disaster resilience research projects awarded just over $6 million by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

MIT study: In wake of Hurricane Matthew, resilient construction would bring Southeast Atlantic residents significant cost savings

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew’s deadly and costly onslaught along the Atlantic coast last month, Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, is calling attention to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study entitled “A Break-Even Hazard Mitigation Metric,” and urging its use as a tool that can assist designers, developers and architects in the southeast coastal states looking to build and re-build with resiliency in mind.

Michael Baker enlisted to design emergency response tool for DHS

Michael Baker International announced in conjunction with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation, a contract with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate to develop national guidelines and a cutting-edge solution that provides first responders with real-time information prior to and during emergencies.

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