Tag Archives: Civil Engineering

Research on Safer Water

December 12, 2019 | UVic News

Jody Paterson for UVicNews reports that:

In UVic’s Department of Civil Engineering… [Heather Buckley] and [Caetano] Dorea share an interest in extracting resources from water. Dorea is exploring how to extract phosphorous from waste water, which would both get rid of an environmental contaminant and recycle a non-renewable resource. Buckley is exploring ways to extract valuable metals from mining effluent, which she hopes could lead to a reduction in mining activities.

UVic’s Research and Learning Repository, UVicSpace, contains recent open access publications of both Dorea and Buckley’s vital research that you can read now by following the links provided here, here and here.


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Concrete improvements

June 30, 2019 | UVic News & EdgeWise

‘What if concrete could actually heal itself? It’s not so far-fetched. UVic engineer Rishi Gupta, who is Harsh Rathod’s PhD supervisor and HRG’s co-founder and chief technology officer, has been working on “smart concrete” research for nearly a decade. Using various fibre additives and crystalline waterproofing admixtures, his lab is working on concrete mixtures designed to be more resistant to cracking and to self-seal when cracks appear.’

Visit the University of Victoria’s open access learning and research repository UVicSpace to read open access content published by both Harsh Rathod & Rishi Gupta.

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Featured Thesis: The Mothership – a mixed-use high-density proposal to combat urban sprawl

by Wesley Bowley
Today’s featured thesis is submitted as part of a Master’s of Applied Science in Civil Engineering.

Abstract (excerpt):

The built environment is responsible for a large portion of total energy use and emissions. A large portion comes from the buildings themselves, but also the transportation system to move people around. As global populations grow, and more people migrate to cities, it is critically important that new city growth is done in the most sustainable manner possible. The typical North American pattern of urban growth is urban sprawl, characterized by single use type zoning, low density, transportation system dominated by personal vehicles, and poor public transit. Urban sprawl has numerous downsides, including poorer energy efficiency in buildings and infrastructure, more congestion and higher emission from vehicles, as well as many negative health effects. This thesis presents the concept of a Mothership, a large, high-density mixed-use building designed to combat urban sprawl and minimize energy use and emissions of the built environment. A mothership is designed to provide all the amenities and housing of a typical suburb for 10,000 people. The analysis in this thesis employ building simulation tools to model various mothership designs and analyse the operational and embodied energy and carbon emissions for each design, and compare it to base cases of more traditional building use types such as single detached homes, and different types of apartment buildings…
Some of the measures explored are a high carbon tax, net metering, and emissions limits of net zero, and negative emissions with two different electrical grid carbon intensities. Results showed that a highly insulated, timber framed mothership can achieve very high reductions in energy use and emissions. Overall it showed reductions of 71%, 73%, and 74% in operational energy, embodied energy and embodied carbon respectively, over a baseline case of single detached homes. It was estimated that transportation emissions could be reduced by 58% through the mixed-use development reducing the number of trips and electrically powered transportation vehicles and bus rapid transit. This gives a combined total emissions reduction of 61%. …
This illustrates that the integration of renewable energy technologies is not only beneficial for reducing emissions but can also act as an income pathway for energy systems.

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