Structural Safety

Learning optimal design needs from the catastrophic problem of failed structures
A city is rising from the waters of the Indian Ocean. In a turquoise lagoon, just 10 minutes by boat from Male, the Maldivian capital, a floating city, big enough to house 20,000 people, is being constructed.
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The physical vulnerability of school buildings to different natural hazards is found to be high as evidenced by global study on the subject. School infrastructure exposed to natural hazards has an estimated value of $13.6 trillion globally.
Engineers, architects and builders can design and construct affordable new buildings that can resist tornadoes, floods and wildfires without making the buildings into bunkers. We could also design earthquake-resilient buildings, but do not.
Dams are often built to control floods, but on certain kinds of rivers they may make big deluges worse, a new study finds. The finding suggests river managers might need to rethink their flood control strategies on silty and sandy lowland rivers.
Construction of a giant turbine.
In an airplane hangar in Miami, engineers are recreating some of the most powerful hurricane winds to ever strike land. These Category 5 winds can shatter a test building in the blink of an eye.
An analysis by The Globe and Mail, facilitated by the University of Western Ontario's new flood maps, discovered that of 150 Canadian communities with populations greater than 10,000, over 30 have at least one-tenth of buildings within river floodplains.
This report provides a summary of findings from a targeted survey in December 2020 to map out and outline ongoing efforts and needs in the space of climate adaptation and resilience for buildings, with particular focus on building codes and standards.
Aerial view of a worker laying tiles
University of South Australia engineers have proposed one flood control measure in a new study that recommends designing permeable pavements to specifically suit local rainfall and soil conditions and reduce flood impacts.
Village in Indonesia
The building made of woven bamboo walls and topped with a thatched roof still stands tall, even though it was shaken by an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale. Serving as a token of local knowledge that has proven its utility over time.