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Why did the Whaley Bridge dam fail?

Unless you were away for the entire summer, you will almost certainly have heard about the crisis that unfolded in Whaley Bridge at the start of August. Residents were evacuated after it became apparent that the dam above the town was beginning to collapse. With the reservoir’s capacity of 300-million gallons, a collapse would not […]

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How can you use a potentially polluting algae to build a solid home?

Sargassum is blooming. There’s a large amount of this brown seaweed growing between the coast of Africa and Brazil. While it’s at sea, this algae’s berry-like gas-filled bladders make it buoyant, and it floats on the surface, creating a natural habitat that benefits fish, sea turtles, marine birds and other wildlife. But once it washes […]

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How can reusing old tyres help to prevent irreparable fire damage in concrete buildings?

Earlier this year, demolition work on the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park was completed. The car park had to be pulled down due to the structural damage that occurred to the concrete and the steel reinforcement when a fire ripped through the building on New Year’s Eve 2017. (Luckily no-one was hurt in the blaze.) But […]

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The challenge that inspired engineers to solve a major problem in the train stations of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project

What springs to mind when you hear the word Crossrail? If you’ve been following the news you might be thinking of £1.4 billion bailouts, long delays and issues with staff morale. But this is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, increasing central London’s rail capacity by 10%. It will be the biggest increase since the Second World […]

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Saving lives and businesses: how do you prepare for a massive earthquake?

A massive earthquake is due to hit San Francisco. If it does hit – and the U.S. Geological Survey estimates there is a 72% chance of a 6.7 magnitude or greater earthquake hitting before 2043 – then tall buildings will be particularly vulnerable. Clearly this puts the safety of the city’s residents, workers, visitors and […]

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How top-down construction is speeding up work on Sydney’s tallest tower

Construction projects can be prone to delays. In commercial construction there is a tendency to assume that major deadlines might have to be pushed back. So it makes sense to look at how we can speed up the entire building process, without impacting on safety. Under construction right now, Crown Sydney will be the city’s […]

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