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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Concrete Canoe an oxymoron with purpose

Out in the water they float, canoes made not of fibreglass, wood or aluminum, but, ahem, concrete.

Yeah, you read that right.

Heavy, clunky, sink-like-a-stone concrete — the same stuff they use to make bridges and buildings.

Except this concrete, through the wonders of civil engineering, doesn't sink.

"It's a focus on sustainability," notes Richard Morrison, adviser to the University of Waterloo's Concrete Canoe Team, assembled at Laurel Creek beach Saturday for the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Short CTV clip on yesterday's steel bridge competition...

Our students organized and executed a fantastic event – I couldn’t be more proud! Our bridge this year didn’t fare so well in the end, but the team tried something innovative and learned a lot from it.

Scott Walbridge

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Warrior Home battles it out for first place

team standing next to sign

Warrior Home has successfully placed first in the 2018 U.S. Department of Energy "Race to Zero" Attached Housing Competition. This is the first time the University of Waterloo has entered the competition which makes their achievement all the more remarkable.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" a long-term problem

Gulf of mexico

The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" will not be resurrecting itself anytime soon, Canadian scientists say. The transport of large quantities of nitrogen from rivers and streams across the North American corn belt has been linked to the development of a large dead zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico, where massive algal blooms lead to oxygen depletion, making it difficult for marine life to survive.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

UW team make Canadian history with CAES power plant facility

A Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) in Salt Caverns power plant facility - the first in Canadian history - is soon to be built in the city of Goderich (Ontario).

The project, valued at $7.2 million, was due to the efforts of industry leaders NRStor and Hydrostor, partnering with the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A change is coming: women in engineering

Amma Wakefield on the cover of the Professional Engineers of Ontario magazine

Follow for a look at the Professional Engineers of Ontario magazine, including articles on the increasing presence of women in engineering featuring University of Waterloo alumni Amma Wakefield and Professor Mary Wells.

Friday, December 15, 2017

New Architectural Engineering program coming to Waterloo

Sketch of a cathedral.

A unique opportunity is coming to the University of Waterloo through the innovative blend of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture, the brand new program - Architectural Engineering!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Grand Challenge

Aerial view of the Grand River and its surrounding fields.

A Grand challenge

As population in the watershed booms, it is more important than ever to keep the river clear and clean

Friday, December 1, 2017

CivE Design Days

Group photo of the CivE Design Day contestants, judges and attendees.

“CivE Design Days” is a two-day event where second year civil and geological engineering students worked in groups to propose a solution to a design problem which incorporates concepts from their core academic curriculum.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fostering the Next Generation of Trenchless Pioneers

Mark Knight

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Mark Knight, Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) shares his history of CATT and his insights on the future of trenchless construction methods.

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