Groundbreaking Developments for Civil Engineers

0 Comments

civil engineers in construction

Innovation is not a new concept. It is a process through which, with a particular action, an element is transformed to give it another use or improve the one that it is usually designed for. In the field of civil engineering, innovation becomes an attitude. 

The past years have introduced us to smart roads and more energy-efficient housing but there still is the need for construction to develop and be better. So today, advanced civil engineers are needed more than ever to provide solutions to critical issues and improve socio-environmental sustainability. Here are several developing innovations currently being used around the world.

  • Self-healing Concrete

Cement is one of the most widely used materials in construction, but unfortunately, it is also one of the largest contributors to harmful carbon emissions. In addition to this, it is actually said to be responsible for around 7 percent of annual global emissions. 

invention in building construction industry

Now, as years pass, there will be problems that will surface, and cracking is one of the major problems in construction. This is due to constant exposure to water and chemicals. So, researchers at Bath University are constantly developing a self-healing concrete, using a mix containing bacteria within microcapsules, which will aid building innovation by germinating when water enters a crack in the concrete to produce limestone. That will then plug the crack before water and oxygen have the chance to corrode the steel reinforcement.

  • Plastic Roads

With the massive local waste and plastic pollution in India, the government responded by experimenting with plastic roads during the early 2000s. In this project, they used waste plastics as the construction material. After four years of use, a report by India’s Central Pollution Control Board discovered the street with plastic roads had not sustained much damage. They also cited that there were no potholes, rutting, raveling, or edge flaws discovered during the evaluation.

civil engineering innovation plastic road

Although this project is still in its early ages, civil engineering researchers in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States are working to design new technologies to support the safe implementation of waste plastic in road construction. They even have a development that involves converting waste plastics into small balls that, when combined with asphalt or other common road components, create a stronger, more permeable surface. This features hollow spaces that allow stormwater to seep through the road and more effectively recharge groundwater.

With the problems that may come after implementing these wastes on roads, creative civil engineers are continuously working on this. They are ensuring that the science behind using waste plastic for roads is accurate, and that future iterations of this concept are carried out with consideration for environmental health and safety.

  • Kinetic Footfall

The electrical energy or electricity plays a very important role in almost all industries. One of the latest civil engineering technologies under development is kinetic energy. The kinetic footfall is a sustainable energy source for generating electricity without consuming any natural resources. The best thing about this source system is it will not contribute to any environmental pollutions. Also, it is cost-effective and occupies the very less operational area for electricity generation.

Pavegen, a UK-based technology company, provides a technology that enables the flooring to harness the energy of footsteps. Just recently, they built a sidewalk in London using this kinetic footfall technology. This system is also best suited to crowded areas like large stadiums, airports, railway stations, shopping malls, and other high-density walking areas. The concept for this system follows the principle of piezoelectricity, when the materials are compressed, the atoms press together. That would then be enough to change the properties of electrons.

In the future, while researchers are innovating this, the system will become more popular than other conventional methods due to its wide range of applications. And let’s not forget that this technology also emits no pollutants.

Conclusion

There is no denying that the industrialization and development of cities led to significant challenges such as overcrowding and extreme pollution. But, with the different developments right now, they’ll be a big help for civil engineers for building such things while also giving importance to sustainability. These developments are our tickets to better and cleaner industrialization.

Tags:

Recent Posts

Tags

RSS Engineering on New Technologies

  • PMI provides new construction sector leader courses and certification May 17, 2022
    Project professionals association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has introduced a series of seven courses to improve project management skills in the construction industry, leading to a construction professional in built environment projects (CPBEP) certification. The construction industry, like many others, is seeing a rise in new technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence, mobile […]
  • UP Centre for Future of Work to produce publications, provide advisory services and training May 17, 2022
    The Centre for the Future of Work (CFoW), launched by the University of Pretoria (UP) on May 17, will be Africa’s centre of excellence on the future of work, producing scientific and popular publications, advisory services and training, said CFoW director and UP Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Professor Natasja Holtzhausen. The CFoW is […]
  • RMB Ventures invests in Inhance supply chain technology business May 17, 2022
    Financial services firm Rand Merchant Bank private equity arm RMB Ventures has concluded an investment in supply chain technology and services business Inhance Supply Chain Solutions. RMB Ventures invested alongside black-owned investment firm New GX Capital Holding, which acquired a majority stake in Inhance in 2018, and the Inhance management team, which retains its significant shareholding […]
  • Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app May 17, 2022
    Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the companies said the […]
  • BII, Citi sign $100m risk-sharing facility for African supply chain finance May 17, 2022
    UK development finance institution British International Investment (BII) has signed a $100-million risk-sharing facility for supply chain finance with trade and supply chain finance solutions multinational Citi to provide systemic liquidity and help Citi grow its supply chain finance product across Africa. The facility will enable Citi to increase supply chain finance facilities to existing […]
  • Eskom compiling ‘consolidated proposal’ for ending load-shedding crisis May 17, 2022
    Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has revealed that the utility is compiling a “consolidated proposal” on how to end the ongoing electricity crisis, including how to introduce much-needed new generation capacity in the shortest possible time. The State-owned utility estimates the current shortfall to be between 4 000 MW and 6 000 MW and has argued that, […]
  • Small-scale farming collaborative gains momentum May 17, 2022
    The rethinking of food systems for South Africa needs to start with individual food producers on the ground and expand from there – as laid out in a project called “Towards recalibrating food systems during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic”, which started in October 2020. Funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the […]
  • Google for Startups Black Founders Fund for Africa applications opened May 17, 2022
    Google has opened applications for the second cohort of the Google for Startup Black Founders Fund Africa, which will see 60 eligible black-founded startups across Africa receive a share of $4-million. Prospective applicants have until May 31 to apply, with the winners set to be announced on July 29.
  • Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures May 17, 2022
    Lack of expertise about getting giga-scale hydrogen projects off the ground is a big problem in the industry, say Allen & Overy South Africa’s Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Cluver, who believe they know how best it should be done from experience gained through project managing three of the world’s largest green hydrogen projects. Mining Weekly […]
  • Opening of new Cape Town call centres to boost the city’s R14bn industry May 17, 2022
    The opening of new call-centre sites in Cape Town shows that the city’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is shining brighter than ever, says City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos. Teleperformance’s Observatory site currently hosts 1 500 staff, servicing four clients from the UK. By the end of the year, this will expand […]