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Global climate projections help civil engineers plan

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Spaghetti Junction near Birmingham, England. Photograph: Jason Hawkes/Getty Images

A new study helps civil engineers account for ongoing climate change in infrastructure design

May 25, 2017 — People who work on building infrastructure understand the risks of climate change. As the Earth warms, new stresses are applied to our buildings, bridges, roads, houses, and Continue reading Global climate projections help civil engineers plan

Calls for safety overhaul in Taiwan after quake disaster

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RUBBLE. A handout photo from the Taiwanese Military News Agency shows soldiers and rescuers searching for survivors in a collapsed building in Tainan City, south Taiwan, February 10, 2016. Military News Agency/Handout/EPA
Experts say that cost-cutting shortcuts have long dogged the construction industry in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (Feb. 11, 2016) — As rescuers continue the grim task of digging bodies from the rubble of an apartment complex that collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake, anger is growing over the shoddy Continue reading Calls for safety overhaul in Taiwan after quake disaster

Taiwan developer grilled over building collapse after quake

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TOPPLED. A general view of the collapsed 17-story apartment building, on the fourth day of searching for survivors in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, February 9, 2016. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA
Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan launch an investigation into Saturday’s (February 6) disaster after photos showed cans and foam had been used to fill parts of the complex’s concrete framework

TAINAN, Taiwan (Feb. 10, 2016) — Taiwan prosecutors were Wednesday, February 10, questioning the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as Continue reading Taiwan developer grilled over building collapse after quake

Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes

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QUAKE ZONE. This file photo shows business office buildings in central Tokyo, Japan, September 18, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA
A look at advanced technologies that Japan uses to protect its buildings

TOKYO, Japan (Feb. 8, 2016) — Shocking images of a Taiwan apartment complex felled like a tree by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake have highlighted what is needed to build a structure that can withstand seismic shocks.

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