Engineering Better Health

It’s been said the profession that has done the most to advance human health and longevity is civil engineering, in consideration of the virtual elimination of typhus and other waterborne diseases in the U.S. via water purification/disinfection and wastewater treatment. Considering engineering in toto, this assertion is even more true today, with advanced water treatment practices and the diagnostic and surgical equipment and systems that are the products of the engineering profession.

When we consider advances in human health, we naturally think of state-of-the-art medical centers rather than what comes out of our taps and is discharged to our lakes and rivers, but potable water and treated wastewater are actually a first line of defense against disease. Continue reading Engineering Better Health

Hydrocity- Rethinking Runoff Water

In the year 2163, the city of Hydrocity is located where Detroit existed 150 years ago. The Hydrocity region has the largest source of fresh water in the world. 150 years ago Detroit and its water system was highly polluted due to inadequate sewer systems, poor drainage, industry and agriculture. These systems directly dumped into the lakes and rivers of the Detroit area watershed. The water in this region was unusable for drinking, recreation and wildlife. Hydrocity solves the problem of run off through porous pavement and rain water collection systems, and advanced sewage separation which separates sewage from gray water. Hydrocity is now a city with clean waterways, and thriving fishing and recreation industries. The end result is a city with a growing population of 2.4 million citizens. People are now moving into and visiting this clean, water rich community.

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Innovation in Detroit: A Look at Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio

By Ashley Maier

Detroit was once a booming city, but when the recession hit a couple years ago, the Motor City and its once thriving auto industry came to a halt. Though the auto industry has recovered, there are still many Michiganders looking for jobs and new opportunities. The good news is that many innovative new businesses are helping diversify the area and bring a new energy to the city.

One of those businesses taking advantage of Detroit’s revitalization is Salt and Cedar, Continue reading Innovation in Detroit: A Look at Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio

Hara Barsatville: The Best City to Raise Your Children

In 2147 Trivandrum, Kerala, India was destroyed by a catastrophic monsoon storm which flooded the city. In the preceding years, changes in weather increased the severity of monsoons, bringing over 50 billion gallons of precipitation into Trivandrum annually. Due to over-population, more natural land was used for buildings and roads creating excessive stormwater runoff. Instead of filtering into natural aquifers, the water flooded the city, collecting pollution and emptying it into the Indian Ocean. The depleted aquifer created water shortages during drought season.

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The Art of Science and the Science of Art

Hello.  I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Brian Shell, and I’m the new contributing writer for the Engineering Society of Detroit’s Technology Century magazine’s “Art of Science” section.  Why me?  Because I was an electrical engineer in Los Angeles who left at age 27 and became a published author, artist, and musician.

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Rikuchiyu – Plugging the Runoff Water By Team Future City Automatons (of Jain Temple of Greater Detroit)

Rikuchiyu, a city off the coast of Maldives is known for its pristine white beaches, green and prosperous downtown and attractive hi-rise vertical farms. It is the “emerald city where everybody wants to live”. From the vertical farms like the Hanging Gardens of Babylonian to the thrilling under water slide Shipwreck, this magnificent city has it all.

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Future of Automotive Safety Stays in the Fast Lane

BY BILL VANDER ROEST

Following a century of innovation in the automotive safety arena encompassing vehicle structures, higher strength materials, crumple zones, occupant restraints (with the invention of the safety belt and the airbag) and now the exciting developments in active safety there is a broadening horizon for engineers with an eye to the future.

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Stakeholders Create Own Blueprint for Effective Dispute Resolution

By: Richard L. Hurford

I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.

-Voltaire

On April 24, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. through 11:45 a.m., owners,contractors and design professionals will have the unique opportunity to engage in a hands-on workshop to explore, develop and share dispute resolution techniques that actually work. Sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the Engineering Society of Detroit, this opportunity will not be the typical theoretical discussion or marketing exercise by lawyers and insurers on what they think “should” or “might” work; rather, this workshop will be a practical discussion of what works and what doesn’t by owners, contractors and design professionals based upon their personal experiences.

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Bienvenue to Nouveau Pierre, Martinique: (St. John Lutheran School)

Imagine the devastated city of Saint-Pierre restored to its glory days! The former Paris of the Caribbean was wiped out by the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption. Today, in 2202, it has risen from the ashes to become the thriving city of Nouveau Pierre. The metropolis of 90,000 on the rainforest-covered northwest coast of the French island is a prosperous, tropical paradise.

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A New Treatment for Wastewater

By: Thomas Doran, PE

When most people think of wastewater treatment, they envision a dirty, smelly place that pollutes rivers and streams and makes that infamous byproduct: sludge.

While it’s true that sewage isn’t pleasant, and that odors and wastewater treatment often go together, there have been many advancements in the last several decades that make current wastewater practices sophisticated science rather than a necessary evil.

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