Drexel College of Engineering structural engineering expert Abieyuwa Aghayere, PhD, discusses how building safety and inspection codes and policies are likely to change in light of the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South.
Tag: civil engineering
Q+A: How Will COVID-19 Change Building Ventilation Standards?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated guidance to acknowledge that COVID-19 is primarily being spread through the air we breathe. While research has indicated as much for quite some time, the formal […]
Q+A: What Is The Pandemic Teaching Us About Confronting Climate Change?
One small bright spot amid the clouds of the COVID-19 pandemic is the worldwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — the result of stay-at-home orders curtailing car travel. Though many experts expect these gains in […]
Q+A: Why Wood Construction Is Making a Comeback
While it was one of the first and most common materials used to make things, when it comes to buildings larger than a log cabin, wood has been on the outs for more than a […]
Media Watch: Could Design Decisions Plaguing Houston Also Cause Persistent Flooding in Parts of Philly?
Could Philadelphia one day experience catastrophic flooding like Houston’s? Franco Montalto, PhD, a professor in Drexel’s College of EngineeringMed who studies how cities can be better designed to withstand environmental challenges, including those associated with […]
Quick Take: The Danger of Rolling Back Building Standards in Areas Vulnerable to Flooding
On Aug. 15, President Trump signed an executive order on infrastructure, which includes provisions to roll back building standards that require consideration of climate change and sea-level rise for construction projects in areas that are […]
Q+A: How Do Winter’s Mood Swings Affect Our Roads?
Sixty degrees on Thursday and snowing by the weekend, this seems to be the M.O. of our erratic winter this year. It’s a recipe for the sniffles, slush and poorly chosen outerwear, but it’s also […]
Your Morning Coffee and Its Effect on The Future of Sustainable Building Design
When your office’s overzealous air conditioner is creating a sub-arctic work environment, what measures will you take to keep warm? Will you go right to the thermostat, or do you put on a sweater, make […]
Staying Upstream of Water Contamination
From November of 2001 to January of 2002 a contaminated cistern that had collected rain water for the village of Santa Isabel do Ivaí Paraná, Brazil infected more than 600 people with a parasitic disease […]
A Building Engineer’s Tips for Keeping Cool in Hot Weather
Whether you’re dialing down the thermostat, hoisting a window unit into place or creating a wind tunnel of fans, it’s been a challenge to keep cool during record temperatures this summer. And comfort comes at […]