Spring is in the air! You can see brilliant flowers and blossoming trees and... potholes?! As winter comes to an end (hopefully?) you might have noticed this increase in potholes on the roads. But why is spring the season for potholes?Read More
Do you ever wonder where all the rainwater you see in streets goes? Or what’s under a manhole when you open it up? The short answer is pipes. But these aren’t just pipes. They act as an intricate system that collects rainwater runoff, domestic sewage and industrial wastewater, designed to direct each to an appropriate place.Read More
How often do you use your car? Did you know the average car is only in use about 5% of the time or less? Smart cities are changing some of the ways we think about traditional car use by incorporating new ideas about cars into their visions for the future, with electric and autonomous vehicles, in addition to connected vehicle technology.Read More
How many apps do you have on your phone? How often do you check them? Would you ever think of using an app to improve public utilities? Smart Cities are!
In Amsterdam the app Mobypark lets you rent out your parking space, which generates data about parking demand and traffic flow. Additionally, this cuts down on the time that cars are idling while looking for a parking space, which takes an average of 20 minutes, so apps like these can help reduce CO2 emissions. With increased data collection and smart traffic monitoring, the city can also provide information about traffic and best routes to take – which reduces travel time for individuals and car emissions. Other functions of apps include Street Bump in Boston which alerts the city if you hit a pothole.Read More
Infrastructure, often intimately connected with civil engineering, provides the backbone and structure that serves various spaces, such as cities or countries. It provides roads and sidewalks for transportation, a water supply for people to drink, sewers to deal with waste, and much more. In the past, infrastructure design and construction has been reactive. It was a response to an event, like a natural disaster, or a local issue such as flooding or fires. Now we are looking for infrastructure to be proactive and work to solve multiple problems with dynamic solutions, like Smart Cities.Read More
While cleaning out our cabinets at Moody Engineering, we realized we could recycle most of our old supplies, including our electronics. Electronic waste (aka e-waste) is of interest to us because the amount of electronics being generated and thrown out is growing rapidly each year, as reported by the EPA. By gathering these items and taking them to appropriate places to be recycled, we were able to ensure they were disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way, which also helps prevent this material from ending up in landfills. Furthermore, electronics are made from natural resources such as copper, silver, and other metals, as well as plastics and glass, which all need energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling these products can help conserve these resources and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by manufacturing and mining processes.
This inspired us at Moody Engineering to host a building-wide e-waste recycling drive this November. We are proud to report that over the three days of our recycling drive, we collected batteries, computers, modems, printers, scanners, CDs, phones, vacuums, stereo systems and more, weighing an estimated 550 lbs!
At Moody Engineering we try to find new ways to continue helping our local communities and the environment. We take this same approach in our work and incorporate sustainable design and construction methods whenever possible.