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Large seawalls are effective at cutting tsunami deaths

Seawalls higher than approximately 16 feet can effectively reduce tsunami-related damage and death, according to a new study that applies big-data analytics to more than 200 years of tsunami records from the Pacific coast of Japan’s Tohoku region. |Medium Read
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Drones and natural disasters

Michigan engineers believe they have a method to measure disasters by utilizing drone technology.|Short Read
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Flint water crisis: Michigan Engineers offer insights

Water quality researchers at Michigan Engineering are concerned about several long-term aspects of the Flint drinking water crisis and they're keeping close tabs on the unfolding situation.|Medium Read
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Faster evacuation: Studying New Orleans to improve disaster planning

As the tenth U.S. hurricane season since Katrina rolls on, a University of Michigan professor is using advanced data analytics and optimization techniques to find better ways to evacuate regions before disaster strikes.|Medium Read
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Talking trash in Jakarta

CEE graduate student Frank Sedlar has developed a system combining time lapse cameras and computer vision algorithms in order to better understand how the complex urban environment clashes with its powerful natural forces.|Short Read
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Make it earthquake proof

CEE researchers are looking into materials rarely used in the construction world for retro-fitting older structures and provide a type of affordable earthquake insulation barrier.|Short Read
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Avoiding buried utilities and excavation accidents

In order to prevent accidental utility damage, ensure the safety of construction workers and improve the excavation productivity, University of Michigan researchers have developed a new way to efficiently and safely operate an excavator using a new computer vision-based guidance system.|Medium Read
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Jae Young Park receives Best Student Paper Award for research impacting structural health monitoring

SHM systems are critical for monitoring aging structures and infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.|Short Read
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Prof. Silvio Savarese awarded J. James R. Croes Medal

The Croes Medal is awarded to the authors of an ASCE paper that was particularly notable for its contributions to engineering science.|Short Read

ECE faculty are MCubing to find answers – fast

The goal of MCubed is to jumpstart novel, high-risk and transformative research projects.|Medium Read
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James McCullagh receives Best Student Paper Award for research to keep bridges safe

McCullagh is working to develop energy harvesting devices and circuits to power wireless sensor nodes which can monitor bridge health.|Medium Read
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Silvio Savarese’s research applying computer vision techniques to construction sites leads to best paper award and a new spinoff company

"We have pioneered an integrated scene understanding framework that enables the automatic tracking of structural changes, allowing data to be collected easily." |Short Read