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Infrastructure is essential to the economic, social and political fabric of communities.

Infrastructure is Essential.

Infrastructure is essential to the economic, social and political fabric of communities.

Sustainable and properly planned infrastructure improves our transportation networks, roads, community buildings, water and waste water supplies and access to power.

Challenges: Eco-friendly and sustainable buildings, restoring and improving infrastructure, improving building integrity to protect against disasters

Infrastructure Innovators

Wael El-Dakhakhni, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Building for Catastrophe

Building structurally sound buildings alone isn't enough anymore.

With climate change causing more natural disaster events than ever before, and with technological disasters increasing, creating resilient communities goes beyond just engineering. That’s why civil engineer Wael El-Dakhakhni intends to combine traditional science, social science, and medicine with engineering knowledge within the Institute for Multi-hazard Systemic Risk Studies. This institution brings together all of these areas to reflect the communities in which these buildings are being constructed in, for perseverance, longevity, and safety of future resilient cities.

Learn how Wael's making a difference
Paulin Coulibaly, Professor, Civil Engineering and Geography

Predicting and managing floods

Floods can devastate communities, threatening lives, damaging properties and hurting the economy.

Recognizing this challenge, Paulin Coulibably launched FloodNet, a multidisciplinary research network between academic experts, government scientists and end-users (e.g., flood forecasters). Among Coulibably’s goals include forecasting and improving management capacity by creating advanced tools and technologies to allow Canada to face the reality of floods. The aim of these tools is to improve accuracy and increase lead time to communities to better prepare for floods and mitigate impact.

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Tracy Becker, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Protecting buildings from earthquakes

Tracy Becker wants to help communities recover after disasters.

However, building structures to withstand earthquakes or man-made events using tradition-building systems is difficult and costly. Tracy Becker is looking towards protective systems. These are structural systems going beyond steel and concrete, using new building materials and changing the fundamental ways in which structures move. To test these systems, Tracy is building the Simulator for Innovative Next-Generation Structural Systems, which will be able to tests large-scale protective systems, using hybrid simulation to interact with the surrounding structure.

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