Boeing 757 makes icy smooth landing at Union Glacier runway

Passengers of Union Glacier plane.
In today’s world it has never been easier to travel anywhere on Earth. (And out of it.) Anyone can go anywhere at any time. Recently on November 26, 2015, history was made in one of the hidden corners of the globe when a Loftleidir Icelandic Boeing 757 successfully landed on Union Glacier’s blue ice runway. While cargo and military jets...

Guest Author Josh Traynere on Solar Roadways

The beginning of the future is here. In the Netherlands, the world’s first solar bike path is being built. Although the path itself is only 230 feet long, it can power 3 Dutch homes. Because the solar roads cannot tilt to effectively maximize their output, they receive their benefits of practicality from being able to not require large plots of...

Human Poop-Powered Bus Created In the UK

A Bus That Runs on Poo? Yes Did you ever think poo could be used to power your car? Well it can actually happen believe it or not. A company in the UK have made a bus that runs on sewage and poop. It currently runs from Bristol Airport to Bath in England. One person’s annual food and sewage waste is...

Protected Intersections for Bicycles May Change Cities

Urban Planners have found that the benefits of bicycle traffic throughout the city are much greater than previous thoughts. Bicycle traffic lightens up a city and makes urban living more suitable, as urban living is more efficient than suburban living. The only issue that urban planners face is that most cities in America are not well equipped with efficient...

This Urban Algae Farm Eats Up Highway Air Pollution

Implementing Environmentally Friendly Algae Farms on Highways A French firm has completed a design for an algae farm suspended over a small stretch of highway in Geneva, Switzerland. This algae farm has the ability to obtain nature's energy in a clean way. Algae can generate energy from photosynthesis using sunlight and carbon dioxide, churning out oxygen along the way. Since CO2...

How Architecture Will Change in 50 Years

The World of Architecture in 50 Years Architecture is a constantly changing art form, yet any era of architecture can be admired and some prefer historical architecture for many different reasons. The construction materials have stayed fairly constant over the years with slight modifications along the way. Some of these modifications include fire resistant materials, double pained windows, and double-pane...

A Civil Engineering Internship Experience

Just Some Hands On Work Before You Launch You Career When looking for an internship, many people look for one that concerns their professional field, pays well, and is fairly close. Being able to advance your skills in your own professional area is amazing and even better when you can get a salary as well. Many students all over the...

Masdar City near Abu Dhabi, Dubai: A Zero Carbon City

Masdar City is a project that is being built in Abu Dubai. The city is planned to be zero-carbon emitting, this means no cars. Electricity is provided by the photo-voltaic towers located throughout the city. The city is "walled" meaning that no cars are able to come in, yet there is local public transportation available in any area of...

How Urban Design Influences People

Urban Design Is A Key Factor In Deciding On A City To Reside Urban design is a concept that influences more people than you would think. There are various reasons the design of a city could attract or repel citizens. Aesthetics, open spaces, and the way streets are laid out are just a few aspects of design on large scale. What...

Why The Golden Gate Bridge Is An Engineering Marvel

The Most Beautiful Bridge In America This bridge is more than a way to get to work every day, it is an engineering marvel. The bridge spans over the three mile long straight that is in between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. US Route 101 runs through the bridge and continues up the Pacific coast. Specifications: Location: San Francisco,...

Chicago’s Union Station – Historical Architecture

Union Station was masterfully designed by renown Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and opened in May 1925 after ten years of construction at a cost of $75 million dollars. That would equal more than $935 million in 2010 dollars. Burnham died before construction began and the work was completed by the firm Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, Burnham's successor. Chicago's Union...

AT&T Stadium (Home of the NFL Cowboys) Architecture, Texas

The AT&T Stadium is the most expensive sports complex in the world. Originally estimated to cost $650 million, the stadium's current construction cost was $1.15 billion. It is located in Arlington Texas. It is the official home of the Cowboys of the NFL. The original stadium was completed in 1971 and completely renovated in 2005-2009. The stadium was designed by the...

Chicago’s Heroin Highway Is a Real Problem

How a Major Chicago Interstate Allows Drug Trade to Prosper Have you ever wondered how drugs appear in new and unexpected places everyday? One answer: easy access and transportation. One new place the drug heroin has become extremely prevalent is the suburbs of Chicago. Many families have turned to reliable rehab centers in order to help their struggling family members. You...

Underground Pedway System Chicago – Everything you Need to Know

Part of thriving within an urban setting is discovering crazy, mind blowing factoids about the city that you call home. Urban Splatter is only scratching the surface of what this world's urban development has to offer to you. So get off the computer and start discovering! Well actually first read this article. You might be wondering what a pedway system...

A Change in Our City’s Infrastructure After Boston Marathon Bombing

// // In a city with garbage cans, mail boxes, dumpsters and parked cars, it is practically impossible to prevent such a catastrophic event such as the one that took place on Monday April 15th 2013. Reports were made that the two bombs deployed in the Boston marathon were placed in garbage cans. Many dense cities have already considered alternatives...

One of the World’s Biggest Highway Interchanges: Nanpu Bridge

The Nanpu bridge is the world’s  fourth longest cable stayed bridge. This is also the first girder bridge of Shanghai with a structural composition of steel and concrete. Before the year 1991, people used to communicate between Puxi and Pudong with the help of the ferry service. After the construction of the bridge completed in the year 1991, it...

Diverging Diamond Patterns: A Civil Engineering Persepective

Diverging Diamond Interchanges Here is a little something for you Civil Engineers and Road "Architects". Transportation and infrastructure in the modern world advances everyday. We see examples while driving, flying, and even biking around our cities, towns, and villages. Keeping traffic to a minimum for CE's is as vital as CAD to an architect. Civil engineers attempt to fix this...