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Research Groups

The research work of professors in the Department of Civil Engineering is enhanced by the facilities developed by each research group. Each of these research facilities is described in Web pages that are maintained by the respective research group administrators.

Sustainable Community Research Group: Sustainable communities are an ideal that is being strived for by many sectors of the community-building and planning profession. To minimize energy use as part of a holistic view the community building process is its end goal. The Sustainable Community Research Group is further ing this goal through innovative research on both the design and evaluation fronts of this new movement.

The McMaster University Centre for Effective Design of Structures: Endowment of the Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design by the Ontario Masonry Contractors' Association, and of the Joe Ng / JNE Consulting Chair in Design, Construction and Management in Infrastructure Renewal by JNE Consulting Ltd., provided the industrial support base for the creation of the Centre for Effective Design of Structures. Additional support from contractors, design firms and product manufacturers to endow a third chair in effective design, bringing total industrial support to $3.3 million dollars, was matched by McMaster University to complete the endowment of the 3 chairs. This support , along with extensive collaboration with the building industry, has allowed the Centre to focus research and educational programs to address 21st century needs relevant to Canada's structural infrastructure, making buildings better and safer. The Centre will also help ensure that current and future undergraduate and graduate engineering students are taught cutting-edge masonry design techniques and will enable researchers to build on the current body of knowledge for building codes and standards.