University of Waterloo researchers say they have developed a system that will help make bridge inspections more accurate and accessible....
A team of researchers from Waterloo University have designed a robot that they say performs bridge inspections faster, more reliably and at a lower cost than ever before....
Back when she was 10 years old, Pampa Dey stood inside the sweet shop her father owned in a small, remote village on the eastern tip of India, and did what she did best...
Costly losses in municipal water distribution systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology...
Dr. Sriram Narasimhan, a Waterloo civil and environmental engineering & mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor, was interviewed by Ben Mulroney on CTV's Your Morning about the state of the country's bridges.
Clearpath and Veerum, with the help of a Mitacs grant, partnered with Steve Phillips, a civil engineering graduate student from the University of Waterloo. For this project with Clearpath, Steve developed a robust, repeatable GPS Waypoint Navigation system for Clearpath’s family of outdoor robots.
When Pampa Dey was a 10-year-old part-time cashier working in her father’s sweet shop in a remote Indian village, she discovered a love of math. With no calculator or computer to rely on, young Dey could add, subtract, multiply, and divide complicated sums in her head at lightning speed.
Sriram Narasimhan’s research team is shaking things up in the Civil Engineering Structures Lab at the University of Waterloo. The research, which is led by PhD Candidate Kevin Goorts, is developing a new mobile damping system for suppressing unwanted vibrations in lightweight, flexible bridges.
It was the costliest disaster in Canadian history, but for Fort McMurray residents trapped on clogged evacuation roads while the May 3, 2016 wildfire raged nearby, it was also something else: terrifying. According to engineer Sriram Narasimhan, however, coming technology in sensors and data analytics could soon make community evacuations in such crises safer and more orderly.
It starts with tiny cracks, fissures in buried water pipes that eventually burst and flood city streets, causing millions of dollars in damage. That’s the scenario Sriram Narasimhan, a University of Waterloo civil and environmental engineering professor and Canada Research Chair, is trying to end with a novel monitoring system to identify vulnerable municipal water pipes before they become financial and environmental liabilities.
Waterloo - Seven researchers at the University of Waterloo are receiving more than $3.9 million to collaborate with Canadian-based companies and government organizations on strategic research projects. The funding for Strategic Partnership Grants announced today by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) helps bring expertise from academia and industry together to collaborate on research that will lead to innovation and commercialization. Waterloo has a long history and reputation for successful industry partnerships, and was ranked second in Canada for collaboration with industry by the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015.
July 28, 2014—MONTREAL, CANADA – Make-A-Bridge®, the weld-free aluminum pedestrian bridge was chosen for use in a comprehensive vibration testing and analysis research study conducted at the University of Waterloo by engineering Professors Scott Walbridge, Ph.D., and Sriram Narasimhan, Ph.D. The Make-A-Bridge specimen given to the University by the engineering firm MAADI Group, Inc., Montréal, allows easy span variation from 10ft (3m) to 70ft (21m) in overall length. Extensive laboratory tests were performed on vibrations resulting from crowd loading the structure with up to 30 people, and recording vibrations’ effects on the bridge’s key joints and on its structural integrity, measuring acceleration responses for different bridge spans. The Make-A-Bridge® was selected for its modular design that enabled easy changing of the bridge’s length.
The MFPT Society annually recognizes the best paper presented at the MFPT conference by awarding the author(s) the Henry and Sallie Pusey Best Paper Award. The paper is selected for this top honor from all the papers submitted and is judged to be the best paper by peer professionals. The Best Paper exemplifies the highest levels of excellence in technical contribution, clarity, and professionalism. The award recognizes the significant contribution of Henry and Sallie Pusey to MFPT over many years.
The MAADI Group engineering firm, Montréal, Québec, has had their 145-foot-long Brossard, Quebec aluminum pedestrian bridge chosen for a footbridge vibration study by Professors Scott Walbridge and Sriram Narasimhan and their team at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The aluminum pedestrian bridge, which spans Daigneault Creek, was chosen for this field study on vibration effects because it is the longest footbridge of its kind in Canada, it is located near a major center, and the bridge offers good access to its underside across its entire length. The vibration research study was conducted by Professors Walbridge and Narasimhan, with lab technician Richard Morrison and graduate students Ann Sychterz, Pampa Dey, and Ayan Sadhu in Fall 2012.
Following up on my previous blog post about protecting wind turbines from lightning strikes, I got to thinking about other modeling aspects of wind turbines. Structural mechanics is of course important, and we have a couple of models that center on this.