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Newly developed detection method for illegal mercury trade
21 Nov 2022
Study can help to assess effectiveness of Minamata Convention on Mercury
Scientists from Hiroshima University created 12 policy scenarios with the business-as-usual scenario to investigate the pathway toward the decarbonization of the transport sector.
15 Sep 2022
Researchers develop a new integrated framework that factors in the many variables relevant to accurate carbon emissions modeling in the transportation sector, allowing for policymakers to choose the best path to achieve carbon neutrality.
Washed out bridge
29 Jun 2022
Researchers analyze the collapse of the Misasa Railroad Bridge in Japan — an infrastructure failure caused by unprecedented flooding back in 2018 — to inform future flood-resistant designs.
18 Apr 2022
In disaster mitigation planning for future large earthquakes, seismic ground motion predictions are a crucial part of early warning systems. The way the ground moves depends on how the soil layers amplify the seismic waves (described in a mathematical site “amplification factor”). However, geophysical explorations to understand soil conditions are costly, limiting characterization of site amplification factors to date. Using data on microtremors in Japan, a neural network model can estimate site-specific responses to earthquakes based on subsurface soil conditions.
Woodpecker
22 Feb 2022
Inspired by the woodpecker’s ability to strike trees with its beak rapidly and repeatedly without injury, engineers in Malaysia have used computer simulations to find ways to improve the design of composite beams used in impact-prone structures.
A close-up of a bridge, showing deteriorated asphalt pavement and concrete
13 May 2021
Scientists reveal that the deterioration of modern concrete and asphalt structures is due to the presence of trace quantities of organic matter in these structures.
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21 Feb 2019
Japanese researchers have investigated a collapsed bridge in Myanmar and surveyed the safety of seven similar bridges across the country.
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10 Dec 2018
Do You Know How 3D Printing Will Disrupt the Future of Construction?
Soil in all shapes and sizes
04 Dec 2017
A new soil classification, and tools to implement it, helps understanding of the properties of the ground underpinning geo-engineering projects.
University of Malaya
28 Nov 2017
The Malaysian Concrete Canoe Competition (MCCC) 2017 was held on 25th and 26th November. The event aims at creating opportunity for civil engineering students to gain hands-on experience in innovative concrete mix designs. During the event, the longest concrete canoe was built and has been registered in the Malaysia Book of Record.
Physics for Fracking and Fuels
20 Nov 2017
Physicists are playing unexpected roles in meeting future global energy challenges by modeling technologies such as fracking.
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03 Oct 2017
ASEAN’s Largest Green Technology Platform to Showcase Latest Green Innovations
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28 Jun 2017
Electricity consumption in buildings will rise and increase GHG emissions. The biggest challenge for energy and carbon emissions reduction, is not only the relatively cheap price of electricity, but to refurbish existing buildings to become more energy efficient and lessen its environmental impact.
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22 Jun 2017
Zero Waste Campaign (ZWC) is one of the university’s longest and most consistent endeavours. It is unique due to the bottom-up and top-down synergy that characterizes its development. It was set-up to spearhead the development of a more sustainable waste management model in the UM campus and ultimately achieve the status of a zero waste campus.
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25 May 2017
Aid & Development Asia Summit, taking place on 14-15 June at the MICC2 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, will discuss on building a culture of resilience and strengthening disaster preparedness and roundtables on emergency communication, early warning systems, GIS, data collection and mapping.

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Researchers

Prof. Yang Yong's primary research interest is in the development and mechanical behavior of advanced structural materials, such as metallic glasses and high entropy alloys. His recent research also extends to mechanics of flexible electronics and hydrogels.
Dr. Fariha is a Senior Lecturer and a Civil Engineer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She is actively conducting research on Kenaf-sorb beads that is potentially for wastewater treatment at the factory’s effluent point.
Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science. Studies soil mechanics, cave-ins and sinkholes.
Associate Professor at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) researching disaster sciences.
Associate Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University
Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University since April 2014, and also is a professor of Tsunami Engineering

Giants in history

Sir Mokshagundam Srinivasa Shastry Vishveshwarayya (15 September 1860 – 14 April 1962) is widely regarded as India’s most outstanding engineer. In a career that spanned almost his entire life, Vishveshwarayya played a pivotal role in several engineering projects, including designing the Krishnarajasagara dam that is still the source of irrigation and drinking water for parts of Karnataka today.
Fazlur Rahman Khan (3 April 1929 – 27 March 1982) was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect who invented the tube principle, which formed the basis for modern skyscraper design.