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.
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.
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.
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.
By: Richard L. Hurford
I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
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.
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.
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.
By: Ashley Maier
What do you do when you want to be part of a sustainable green community? You could create your own, or at least that is what Tom and Peggy Brennan did with the help of a few close friends. After years of searching the City of Ann Arbor for the perfect spot it was suggested to the couple that they start their project in Detroit instead. They fell in love with the first building they toured, and the result? The Green Garage.