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Types of Project Information
Construction projects inevitably generate enormous and complex sets of information. Effectively managing this bulk of information to insure its availability and accuracy is an important managerial task. Poor or missing information can readily lead to project delays, uneconomical decisions, or even the complete failure of the desired facility. Pity the owner and project manager who […]
How to Bid on Government Construction Contracts
The federal government is seemingly always looking for bids and bidders for various projects. How the process essentially works is that companies submit government construction bids trying to win the job. These bids allow companies to compete for the government contracts by saying they can complete the project within a certain timeframe and payment amount. […]
4 Benefits of Harnessing Biomass CHP
Using bio fuels in a single highly efficient process, Biomass CHP (combined heat and power) systems generate both heat and electricity. These systems are supported by a large number of independent organizations like Greenpeace and International Energy Agency. Below we’ll take a look at five of the main benefits that biomass CHP offers:       Low cost […]
4 Areas to Consider When Choosing The Right Construction Accountant
Construction Accountants might not known as the most interesting types, but it is important that you really get to know your account individual or company, before you choose. Considering that this individual or company will know just everything about your financial life it is important that you choose correctly. So how do you go about […]
A Guide to Bio Ethanol Fireplaces
Biofuels are the fuels derived from living matter such as plants through the anaerobic digestion process. Typically, this type of fuel is created using starch, sugar, and vegetable oil. Biofuels are renowned for reducing greenhouse gases unlike fossil fuels, which increase greenhouse gases. Bioethanol Bioethanol is the most prevalent biofuel in the world according to […]

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Top 3 Highest Civil Engineer Salary You Should Know
Civil engineering is one of the most popular programs in university and become the second oldest engineering field. To earn a high salary as civil engineer you should make a large contribute to the building and environment, such as roads, dams, canals, Buildings and also bridges. You can find the highest paid careers if you […]
Top 5 European Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering
Getting a master’s degree in civil engineering field is not simple as we thought. The culmination of years of study in an undergraduate programme that followed in some cases by years by years of practical industry experience. The master degree is worth your time and also effort though. It will allow you to stand out […]
All You Need To Know About Civil Engineer’s Responsibilities
Civil engineer is important feature in every community in the world. There are so many facts that sparked the interest you may have found to know what your dream job is. So if you want to inspire respect in others, you need to mention a qualification in civil engineering that refers to intelligence, importance and […]
4 Most Popular Civil Engineering Projects of All Time
Civil engineering is an art, skill, a regular profession that design, and make it become a reality. There are so many great civil engineering projects all over the world that transcend time and also to impress the new generation. What are they? You may read the information about 4 most popular civil engineering project of […]

Civil Engineering News -- ScienceDaily
Civil Engineering News -- ScienceDaily
Civil Engineering News and Research. From new mathematical models for building better structures to new corrosion-resistant composites, read all the latest discoveries in civil engineering here.

AI capable of outlining in a single chart information from thousands of scientific papers
Scientists have developed a Computer-Aided Material Design (CAMaD) system capable of extracting information related to fabrication processes and material structures and properties -- factors vital to material design -- and organizing and visualizing the relationship between them. The use of this system enables information from thousands of scientific and technical articles to be summarized in a single chart, rationalizing and expediting material design.
Creating better devices: The etch stops here
Researchers have discovered a new, more precise method to create nanoscale-size electromechanical devices.
Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
Researchers have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts.
Researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial
Researchers has found a way to turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels that are suitable for various applications, including heat insulation and carbon dioxide absorption.
Low cost, energy-saving radiative cooling system ready for real-world applications
Engineers have successfully scaled up an innovative water-cooling system capable of providing continuous day-and-night radiative cooling for structures. The advance could increase the efficiency of power generation plants in summer and lead to more efficient, environmentally-friendly temperature control for homes, businesses, utilities and industries.
New devices to test retinal cells
Researchers have developed new devices to better understand the triggers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by mechanically stressing cells.
Mussel-inspired defect engineering enhances the mechanical strength of graphene fibers
Researchers demonstrated the mussel-inspired reinforcement of graphene fibers for the improvement of different material properties. A research group applied polydopamine as an effective infiltrate binder to achieve high mechanical and electrical properties for graphene-based liquid crystalline fibers.
Mystery of how black widow spiders create steel-strength silk webs further unravelled
Researchers have better unraveled the complex process of how black widow spiders transform proteins into steel-strength fibers. This knowledge promises to aid scientists in creating equally strong synthetic materials. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, the research team was able to more closely see inside the protein gland where the silk fibers originate, revealing a more complex, hierarchical protein assembly. The researchers' 'modified micelles theory' concludes that spider silk proteins start out as complex, compound micelles.
Origami, 3D printing merge to make complex structures in one shot
By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and strength could have applications in everything from biomedical devices to equipment used in space exploration.
High entropy alloys hold the key to studying dislocation avalanches in metals
For decades researchers have studied materials from structures to see why and how they fail. Before catastrophic failure, there are individual cracks or dislocations that form, which are signals that a structure may be weakening. While researchers have studied individual dislocations in the past, a team has now made it possible to understand how dislocations organize and react at nanoscale.
Biomaterials with 'Frankenstein proteins' help heal tissue
Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that, by injecting an elastic biomaterial made from ordered and disordered proteins, a scaffold can form that responds to temperature and easily integrates into tissue.
Breakthrough in self-healing materials
Researchers have given self-healing qualities to polymers that are used in relatively inexpensive commodities, such as paints, plastics and coatings.
Novel machine learning based framework could lead to breakthroughs in material design
Computers used to take up entire rooms. Today, a two-pound laptop can slide effortlessly into a backpack. But that wouldn't have been possible without the creation of new, smaller processors -- which are only possible with the innovation of new materials.
Catalytic active sites determined using carbon nanotubes
Catalytic research has developed a new and more definitive way to determine the active site in a complex catalyst.
Approach paves way for new antimicrobial materials
Researchers have successfully incorporated 'photosensitizers' into a range of polymers, giving those materials the ability to render bacteria and viruses inactive using only ambient oxygen and visible-wavelength light.
Enhancement of piezoelectric properties in organic polymers all in the molecules
The inability to alter intrinsic piezoelectric behavior in organic polymers hampers their application in flexible, wearable and biocompatible devices, according to researchers, but now a molecular approach can improve those piezoelectric properties.
New 3D-printed cement paste gets stronger when it cracks -- just like structures in nature
Researchers have 3D-printed cement paste, a key ingredient of the concrete and mortar used to build various elements of infrastructure, that gets tougher under pressure like the shells of arthropods such as lobsters and beetles. The technique could eventually contribute to more resilient structures during natural disasters.
Unmasking corrosion to design better protective thin films for metals
Corrosion of metals is an age-old problem, but they are normally protected from catastrophic damage by naturally forming, super-thin oxide films. Traditionally, these protective films have been viewed as simple oxides of well-anticipated compounds. Now researchers have found the protective films develop new structures and compositions that depend on how fast the oxide film grows.
Smart technology for synchronized 3D printing of concrete
Scientists have developed a technology where two robots can work in unison to 3D-print a concrete structure.
Spheres can make concrete leaner, greener
Scientists have made micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the world's most-used synthetic material.
Searching for new bridge forms that can span further
Newly identified bridge forms could enable significantly longer bridge spans to be achieved in the future, potentially making a crossing over the Strait of Gibraltar, from the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco, feasible. The new bridge forms -- identified by a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and Brunel University London, working with long span bridge expert Ian Firth of engineering consultants COWI -- use a new mathematical modelling technique to identify optimal forms for very long-span bridges.
Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials
Artificial neural networks -- algorithms inspired by connections in the brain -- have 'learned' to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers are training artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials.
Programmable materials: Hydrogels capable of complex movement created
Researchers have developed a process by which 2-D hydrogels can be programmed to expand and shrink in a space- and time-controlled way that applies force to their surfaces, enabling the formation of complex 3-D shapes and motions.
Nano-sandwiching improves heat transfer, prevents overheating in nanoelectronics
Sandwiching two-dimensional materials used in nanoelectronic devices between their three-dimensional silicon bases and an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide can significantly reduce the risk of component failure due to overheating, according to a new study published in the journal of Advanced Materials led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering.
Engineers protect artifacts by graphene gilding
Gilding is the process of coating intricate artifacts with precious metals. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese coated their sculptures with thin metal films using gilding. Scientists inspired by this ancient process, have added a single layer of carbon atoms, known as graphene, on top of metal leaves -- doubling the protective quality of gilding against wear and tear.
Decoupling stress and corrosion to predict metal failure
The research challenges the traditional viewpoint that the simultaneous presence of stress and a corrosive environment is a requirement for SCC and demonstrates that stress and corrosion can act independently.
Algorithm accurately predicts how electromagnetic waves and magnetic materials interact
Engineers have developed a new tool to model how magnetic materials, which are used in smartphones and other communications devices, interact with incoming radio signals that carry data. It accurately predicts these interactions down to the nanometer scales required to build state-of-the-art communications technologies.
Physics model acts as an 'EKG' for solar panel health
Researchers have created an algorithm using the physics of panel degradation that can analyze solar farm data from anywhere, essentially as a portable EKG for solar farms.
Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants
Engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. The mineral-coated sand reacts with and destroys organic pollutants, providing a way to help purify storm water percolating into underground aquifers, creating a safe and local reservoir of drinking water for parched communities.
Humanmade mangroves could get to the 'root' of the problem for threats to coastal areas
With threats of sea level rise, storm surge and other natural disasters, researchers are turning to nature to protect humans from nature. Using bioinspired materials that mimic mangrove trees, they are creating mangrove-like structures that can be used for erosion control, coastal protection, and habitat reconstruction. Structures like seawalls are expensive to build, raise environmental concerns, and obstruct the natural landscape. The prototype they have developed is scalable, smaller, simpler to use and cost effective.
Novel process to 3-D print interconnected layers of 2-D graphene
Previously, researchers could only print this material, known as graphene, in 2D sheets or basic structures. But engineers have now 3-D printed graphene objects at a resolution an order of magnitude greater than ever before printed, which unlocks the ability to theoretically create any size or shape of graphene.
Texas A&M team's pic of crack in the act could prevent engineering failures
In work that could help prevent the failure of everything from bridges to dental implants, a team has taken the first 3D image of a microscopic crack propagating through a metal damaged by hydrogen.
Steps to keep buildings functioning after natural hazards
After an earthquake, hurricane, tornado or other natural hazard, it's considered a win if no one gets hurt and buildings stay standing. But an even bigger victory is possible: keeping those structures operational. This outcome could become more likely with improved standards and codes for the construction of residential and commercial buildings, according to a new report.
Researchers turn tracking codes into 'clouds' to authenticate genuine 3-D printed parts
A team has found a way to prove the provenance of 3-D printed parts by embedding QR (Quick Response) codes in an innovative way for unique device identification. The researchers describe converting QR codes into 3-D features so that that they neither compromise the part's integrity nor announce themselves to counterfeiters who have the means to reverse engineer the part.
Autonomous gene expression control nanodevice will contribute to medical care
Researchers constructed integrated gene logic-chips called 'gene nanochips.' These self-contained nanochips can switch genes on or off according to the environment, where photo-reprogramming of the logic operation by UV irradiation is possible. Moreover, the researchers completed proof-of-concept experiments using artificial cells that produced the diagnostics and reactants (the desired RNA and protein) in a confined nanochip, suggesting the potential of autonomous nanochips in future medical prevention and care.
World's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics
A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.
Novel sensors could enable smarter textiles
A fabric coating with thin, lightweight and flexible pressure sensors that can be embedded into shoes and other functional garments, sensors that can measure everything from the light touch of a finger to being driven over by a forklift. And it's comfortable to boot!
Most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world
A materials science team has engineered a platinum-gold alloy believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world. It's 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, making it the first alloy, or combination of metals, in the same class as diamond and sapphire, nature's most wear-resistant materials.
When mixing granular matter, order among disorder
Researchers find mixed and non-mixed regions among tumbled granular particles, providing a new understanding of how sand, concrete, and paint mix.
Researchers use green gold to rapidly detect and identify harmful bacteria
Researchers have developed a method to screen and identify harmful or antibiotic-resistant bacteria within one hour using a portable luminometer.
Seed coats could lead to strong, tough, yet flexible materials
Inspired by elements found in nature, researchers say the puzzle-like wavy structure of the delicate seed coat, found in plants like succulents and some grasses, could hold the secret to creating new smart materials strong enough to be used in items like body armor, screens, and airplane panels.
Mass timber: Thinking big about sustainable construction
The Longhouse, a prototype 'mass timber' building designed by students, demonstrates that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood.
Nanotube 'rebar' makes graphene twice as tough
Researchers have found that reinforcing graphene with embedded carbon nanotubes makes the 2D nanomaterial more than twice as tough as pristine graphene.
Old mining techniques make a new way to recycle lithium batteries
Using 100-year-old minerals processing methods, chemical engineering students have found a solution to a looming 21st-century problem: how to economically recycle lithium ion batteries.
Researchers turn powerful, viscous disinfectants into breathable mist for the first time
A team of researchers have developed a device that diffuses potent disinfectants for airborne delivery. The device works on a range of disinfectants that have never been atomized before, such as Triethylene glycol, or TEG. The team used the device to atomize disinfectants onto environmental surfaces contaminated with bacteria and showed that it eliminated 100 percent of bacteria that commonly cause hospital-acquired infections.
Better way found to determine the integrity of metals
Researchers have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction and automotive industries.
A domestic electron ion collider would unlock scientific mysteries of atomic nuclei
The science questions that could be answered by an electron ion collider (EIC) -- a very large-scale particle accelerator -- are significant to advancing our understanding of the atomic nuclei that make up all visible matter in the universe, says a new report.
New application of blue light sees through fire
Researchers have demonstrated that ordinary blue light can be used to significantly improve the ability to see objects engulfed by large, non-smoky natural gas fires -- like those used in laboratory fire studies and fire-resistance standards testing.
Detecting damage in non-magnetic steel with the help of magnetism
Magnetic test methods are used to detect damages to materials, which was previously impossible with non-magnetic steel. Researchers have now developed a process in which they apply a thin magnetic layer to steel. Changes in the microstructure can thus be detected by changes in magnetic effects. Materials such as aluminum can also be tested in this way.
Cold wave reveals potential benefits of urban heat islands
Researchers have found that the urban heat island effect -- cities are hotter in the summer than their surrounding areas -- also helps keep cities warmer during extreme cold. The findings have implications for urban planners in areas such as New York City or Chicago, which experience marked seasonal temperature swings.
Eagle-eyed machine learning algorithm outdoes human experts
Researchers have trained computers to quickly and consistently detect and analyze microscopic radiation damage to materials under consideration for nuclear reactors. And the computers bested humans in this arduous task.
A social tool for evaluating the environmental impact of residential buildings
for the first time, an open-source computing tool can, simply and intuitively, calculate the CO2 emissions in each phase of a building project, in order to obtain a global picture of its carbon footprint from its conception and to help decide every variable in the construction process.
Biological signalling processes in intelligent materials
Researchers are developing innovative biohybrid systems with information processing functionality.
AI technology could help protect water supplies
Progress on new artificial intelligence (AI) technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health.
Close-ups of grain boundaries reveal how sulfur impurities make nickel brittle
Engineers have shed new light on a scientific mystery regarding the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement of nickel, a classic problem that has puzzled the scientific community for nearly a century. The discovery also enriches fundamental understanding of general grain boundaries that often control the mechanical and physical properties of polycrystalline materials.
Electronic stickers to streamline large-scale 'Internet of things'
Researchers have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker.
How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage
Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods - opening the door to improved storage of solar energy and other advances that could boost renewable energy use and combat climate change, according to researchers.
Using coal waste to create sustainable concrete
Researchers have created a sustainable alternative to traditional concrete using coal fly ash, a waste product of coal-based electricity generation.
New microscopy works at extreme heat, sheds light on alloys for nuclear reactors
A new microscopy technique allows researchers to track microstructural changes in real time, even when a material is exposed to extreme heat and stress. Recently, researchers show that a stainless steel alloy called alloy 709 has potential for elevated temperature applications such as nuclear reactor structures.
Path to zero emissions starts out easy, but gets steep
Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities must approach zero within several decades to avoid risking grave damage from the effects of climate change. This will require creativity and innovation, because some types of industrial sources of atmospheric carbon lack affordable emissions-free substitutes, according to a new article.

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