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Multidisciplinary Project after Hurricane Harvey
The Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Houston, Texas, are built to prevent downtown Houston from flooding during big rain events. However, during Hurricane Harvey, big parts of the city were still flooded. The major damages caused by these floodings raised questions about the performance of the reservoirs. Therefore a multidisciplinary group of four Master students traveled to Houston to conduct an eight week during project on the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in collaboration with Rice University in September 2017.
The longest submerged tunnel in the world! But is a floating one also an option?
Kristina Reinders took a trip to China to visit a large contractor called CCCC (China Communications Construction Company) . Together with TEC (Tunnel Engineering Consultants) from the Netherlands, Kristina talked about the possibilities of floating tunnels and to represent TU Delft as a world-renowned research institute. CCCC has the ambition to be the first contractor to build a floating tunnel. But before this tunnel can be build, a lot of research is needed. Kristina was in China to talk about possible research options and in the following months a definitive research subject will be defined.
Euro Asia Civil Engineering Forum 2017(EACEF 2017) International Conference in Seoul
This conference is the sixth international conference in a row which was organized by EACEF (European Asian Civil Engineering Forum) which was initiated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harianto Hardjasaputra (Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Reineck, (University of Stuttgart, Germany) in 2006 in Stuttgart to promote the cooperation and understanding between European and Asian countries focusing on civil engineering expertise. EACEF plays an important role as the bridge between these two continents, to link European and Asian Civil Engineers, especially those with a commitment to sustainable development.
Japanese contractor ORSC visits TU Delft
On Tuesday 17 October 2017, a delegation of the Oriental Shiraishi Corporation (ORSC) honoured TU Delft with a visit. ORSC is a Japanese contractor, specialised in civil engineering technologies.
Updates from the SEAWAD research team
A month ago, a team of reseachers from different universities set out to investigate how the coast of the wadden sea will change and what can be done to protect it. In this article, the team describes their experiences and findings from the last month!
Delft Harvey Texas Research Team organizes Harvey Hackathon
TU Delft has put together an interdisciplinary team to conduct research and respond to Hurricane Harvey funded by DIMI. The first phase consisted of fact finding through a Hackathon.
Delft Harvey Texas Research Team
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Rockport, Texas. Harvey’s high winds and storm surge caused devastation along the Texas coast. As Harvey moved slowly inland, meteorologists predicted that Harvey could drop over 35-40 inches of rain during the following week. As a result, unprecedented flooding has occurred over an area the size of the Netherlands. Houston, the 4th largest city in the U.S., is especially hard hit. Early estimates put the damages from Harvey in the top five historical events in the U.S.; over 20,000 people have sought emergency shelter as of August 30, 2017.
The role of vegetated foreshores in coastal protection
Extreme weather is causing increasingly wide-spread flooding in coastal areas, as the events in the Southern United States have shown. In research project BE SAFE, the University of Twente, TU Delft and marine research institute NIOZ are working on combining more natural ways of coastal protection with conventional dikes.
SEAWAD team researches Wadden Island development
NL-UK-China collaboration on Sustainable Deltas
TU Delft, together with the University of London’s SOAS and the Shanghai Meteorological Service, have won a joint NSFC-EPSRC-NWO Cooperation China grant for a research project on Sustainable Deltas. Other project partners are the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, Shanghai Normal University, and East China Normal University.