The railway line connecting Banbury and Leamington Spa was blocked with nearly 350,000 tonnes of soil and rubble after a massive landslide in early February. Satellite photographs of the area, from 2006 till 2012 show the gradual deforestation of the adjacent slope, this being considered the main reason for the landslide.
TBM Bertha, used for opening the tunnel in the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project is on the move again, after major overheating problems that caused the machine to remain still for more than a year. The machine is expected to reach an access pit so that crews can perform necessary repairs.
With nearly 70,000 bridges requiring repair works across the U.S. and an estimated cost of $70 billion, Associate Professor's 3-D model aims in facilitating officials and transportation agencies to monitor the aging infrastructure more efficiently and prioritize the required repair works.
Five peer-reviewed papers written by government, tribal and university researchers, scientifically establish the effects of the Elwha River dam removal. The Elwha Project is the largest dam removal project in U.S. history and the new scientific findings highlight the landscape changes along the coast and river areas as well as their ecological impact.
An explosion and fire occurred near Los Angeles on Wednesday at a refinery unit of Exxom Mobil. Four workers were injured and minor damage was caused in neighboring buildings. Concerns on air quality are expressed.
Michael Pollino, researcher from the Case Western Reserve University has recently published his findings on a new innovative technique that will allow buildings to rock during an earthquake and return to equilibrium at the end of shaking. Rocking technology is still in early development stages but Pollino as well as other researchers are warm supporters and aim in developing design standards for practicing engineers.