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Investigation Probes into Minneapolis Condo Cracks

For several weeks, investigations led by Socotec Engineering Inc. have been taking place at the Cedar Isles Condominiums in south Minneapolis over cracks in the hallways and common areas bet...


New Imaging Method Shows Concrete Cracks

Research groups from Rice University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research recently developed a new technique to identify concrete fractures typically invisible to the naked eye.


Study: Analyzing Cracks in Concrete Tunnel Linings

Researchers from China have recently proposed a new method for analyzing cracks in plain concrete linings using the double-K fracture criterion.


MX Metro Collapse Inspection Finds More Cracks

Officials have announced that inspectors found 21 more cracks on an elevated subway line in Mexico City while investigating the metro collapse from May last year.


Work Underway on Memphis Bridge

Last week, officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced that repairs to a fractured steel support beam on the I-40 Hernando de Soto bridge were underway.


Officials Release Plans for Memphis Bridge Fix

Following the discovery of a structural crack on the Hernando de Soto 'M' bridge, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Arkansas Department of Transportation have announced a co...


New Truss Considered for London Bridge

According to reports, engineers are now considering the installation of a new truss on the 134-year-old Hammersmith Bridge over the River Thames in London.


Shoring Work Begins on West Seattle Bridge

Work has officially begun on a temporary fix on the West Seattle Bridge—including a carbon fire wrap (CRFP) and post-tensioning tendons—intended to slow cracking that caused an emergency shu...


Final Report Released on CA Transit Center Cracks

The peer review that was tasked with investigating the girder fractures that closed San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center in 2018 is now complete, and was sent to authorities last week.


Cracks Found at New NC Ballpark

Officials in Fayetteville, North Carolina, have recently been tasked with hiring an engineer to assess cracks at Segra Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball’s Fayetteville Woodpeckers (affi...


UConn Updates CT Leaders on Concrete Research

Earlier this month, a team of scientists from the University of Connecticut met with local leaders to discuss research collected over the past year regarding the state’s crumbling concrete c...


University Sues over Stadium Defects

The University of Akron, located in Ohio, has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies over faulty concrete railings and cracking at its decade-old InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.


CA Transit Center Analysis Nearing Completion

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority—the team in charge of San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center—has announced that the structural review is nearing its end.


Shoring Complete at San Francisco Transit Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority confirmed earlier this week that the shoring systems for the sections where cracked steel beams were found in the Salesforce Transit Center ha...


Officials Investigating Cracks in $70M Stadium

The firms constructing a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas, have now promised to get to the bottom of some suspiciously larges cracks that have appeared on the stru...


A Facility Manager’s Guide to Flooring Issues and Solutions

Managing an industrial facility requires one to wear many hats. Everyone from the company president to the forklift operator regularly highlights areas where repairs or improvements are need...


Team Studies Concrete Moisture, Corrosion

Sensing problems in concrete is the focus of ongoing research at North Carolina State University.


‘Sensing Skin’ Indicates Chemicals, Moisture

Researchers at North Carolina State University have furthered their work with electrically conductive coatings that can sense problems in concrete, adding the capacity to sense corrosion-cau...


Crack Closes Historic Harbor Bridge

Work is underway to address a large fatigue crack found in the girder of a historic bridge that serves as the main entryway to the town of Stone Harbor in Cape May County, NJ.


Team Evaluates Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracks

Pennsylvania is reportedly home to more than 22,000 bridges, many of which are aging and in need of repair. Through a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Departm...


Cracking Concrete Probe Continues

One year after launching a probe into hundreds of cracking and crumbling residential concrete foundations, officials say the concrete companies linked to the foundations did not intentionall...


'Concrete Cancer' Meets Its Match

Researchers have discovered a new concrete formulation that could take advantage of recycled glass, without being susceptible to the deterioration-causing chemical reaction known as "concret...


Scientists Find Cure for Concrete Cancer

In a recent study, Canadian researchers reported the ability to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as “co...


Mineral to Blame in Cracking Foundations

Officials in Connecticut have determined that concrete aggregate is partly to blame for hundreds of deteriorating residential foundations throughout the eastern part of the state.


How Water Infrastructure Shaped LA

California and its landscape were shaped by water in more ways than one. Water infrastructure projects in the early 20th century were an important part of helping Los Angeles grow and expand...


Sinking Structure Safe for Traffic

A portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct—an elevated highway in Seattle—has continued to sink since its last inspection just six months ago, according to Washington State Department of Transport...


Seepage May Sink Canal Timeline

Progress toward the finish line of the Panama Canal Expansion Project lost some steam after hitting a speedbump: water leakage in the new locks.


Fiber Mesh for Stucco Walls Debuts

BASF Corp. has created a mesh that the company says is designed to provide crack suppression and isolation in stucco wall systems.


Best Practices:
Don’t Let a Carpenter Fix Your Car (II)

Brainy engineers excel at many important functions. Specifying paint, alas, is typically not one of them.


Sealer Made for Above-Grade Walls

Sto Corp. has announced a one-component material designed to seal sheathing joints, seams, cracks, and transitions in above-grade wall construction.


Sto Adds 1-Component Barrier Sealer

Sto Corp. has expanded its StoGuard air- and moisture-barrier line with RapidFill, a one-component material designed to seal sheathing joints, seams, cracks, and transitions in above-grade w...


Cracks Plague ’05 Holocaust Memorial

Severe cracks have been discovered in thousands of concrete slabs that make up the nine-year-old Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.


Report: Bad Math Led to Crack in Dam

A 50-year-old math error made during the design of the Wanapum Dam is the chief suspect in a 65-foot-long crack that will now cost $61 million to repair, officials have found.


Building Owner to Face Murder Charges

The owner of the Bangladeshi factory building that collapsed one year ago, killing 1,135 workers and injuring 2,500, will face murder charges as the victims try to move on from the tragedy, ...


A Smarter Slab for the Next Century

A new concrete composite that can bend, repel water, self-monitor—and, oh yes, last more than 100 years—is taking shape at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).


‘Smart Concrete’ May Outlive Us All

What are you doing in April 2134? If Scott Muzenski has his way, his great-great-great grandchildren will be doing the very first repairs on the driveway he just patched.


65-Foot Crack Found in WA Dam

Federal, county and independent engineers have mounted an emergency response to safeguard the Wanapum Dam after divers discovered a two-inch-wide, 65-foot-long crack in a spillway pier.


Patch Compound Flexes its Strength

A new cementitious compound offers maximum strength with flexibility for repairs to concrete, steel, asphalt or wood, the manufacturer says.


Concrete Tells What Lies Beneath

Some cracks in concrete have been known to heal themselves, but they couldn’t report back on when they did or how the whole operation went. Now, ultrasound technology may change that.


Compound Touts Patches without Cracks

A new cementitious patch and overlay for highways and infrastructure boasts flexibility without failure, offering high-tensile strain capacity and bond strength.


Cracked Metal Heals Itself, MIT Reports

New MIT research suggests metals could be designed to self-mend small cracks.


At MIT, Metal Heals Itself Under Force

The researchers were so surprised that they “had to go back and check” the result: Exerting force on the cracked piece of metal was causing the crack to mend—not pull apart.


More Cracks Found at Nuke Plant

The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant with a cracked concrete shield building says that it has found new cracks in the structure and that some of the old cracks have lengthened.


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


Corrosion Cracking Shuts Nuke Reactor

Stress corrosion cracking in a North Carolina nuclear reactor has forced operator Duke Energy to take the plant offline, officials said.


Arrests Made in Fatal Building Collapse

Building and factory owners have been arrested and rescue efforts have ceased five days after an eight-story, illegally constructed building in Bangladesh crashed down, killing, injuring and...


Building Owners Face Arrest in Disaster

Six Bangladeshi factory and building owners have been ordered to appear in court this week to explain why they forced thousands of people to work in a doomed building that police had evacuat...


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


 
 
   

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