How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Led by the World Bank’s South Asia unit, with support from Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) , the pilot aims to create a set of recommendations summarizing possible entry points – project-specific social inclusion ideas – that are practically replicable to similar projects in other countries and localities based on the DRM activity.

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

This comes as hiring needs in the industry are expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.Simply put, automating elements of the construction process is more than good engineering; it is also smart business.

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

The World Bank is supporting disaster risk management activities in Mozambique to strengthen the government’s capacity to respond quickly to – and mitigate the impacts of – future climate hazards.

#BuildBetterBefore to save lives and strengthen economies

#BuildBetterBefore to save lives and strengthen economies

This means working with communities to repair, strengthen, and improve the homes of the poor to make them resilient enough to survive disasters. The Global Program for Resilient Housing is helping governments retrofit and strengthen homes before the next disaster strikes.

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

Kerala’s monsoon: lessons from recent floods in India

Kerala’s monsoon: lessons from recent floods in India

The expert report urged a number of states, including Karnataka and Kerala, to adopt an approach of thoughtful conservation, limiting activities such as quarrying, dams and construction near protected forests in hilly areas.

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Culture is important for the rebuilding in a post-disaster setting, to help the community recover. What’s the role of culture during post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes? While divided, the two communities are making joint efforts to safeguard and restore cultural heritage that matters to both.

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants ItArctic communities like this one are beginning to explore advanced nuclear reactors as a solution to their unique energy challenges.Third Way/GenslerThis story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Back in 2009, Simon Irish, an investment manager in New York, found the kind of opportunity that he thought could transform the world while — in the process — transforming dollars into riches.Irish saw that countries around the globe needed to build a boggling amount of clean-power projects to replace their fossil fuel infrastructure, while also providing enough energy for rising demand from China, India, and other rapidly growing countries.