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.
A few months after the extensive destruction at Mount Polley copper and gold mine, the independent panel, responsible for investigating the causes for the release of millions of cubic meters of sludge into the neighboring lakes and rivers of the south-central British Columbia, Canada, issued its 156-page "Report on Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility Breach". The report was commissioned by the British Columbia Energy and Mines minister.
A new pioneering technique in steel castings fabrication provides enhanced earthquake resistance and allows implementation of unique architectural designs. The new technique, initially developed in Canada is currently applied in many construction projects across the country and the U.S.
TBM Evelyn has set a new project record at National Grid's London Power Tunnels project, digging 55.2 meters in a single 12-hour shift! The tunnel is part of a £250m project, aiming in providing new underground infrastructure for electricity transmission.
A video with many of New Jersey's aging and deteriorating bridges was recently released to raise awareness to the area's infrastructure fate if the gas tax is not raised. In nearly 1.5 minutes, the video features images of bridge components