News archive - 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sensors, data analytics may mean end of ‘build and forget’

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Leaky water pipes found early by sophisticated hydrant sensors


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.

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