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TRID: Leveraging Search Results with Reference Management Tools

TRB will conduct a webinar on October 8, 2013 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. ET that will demonstrate the use of desktop and online reference management tools. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, there are no professional credits associated with this webinar, and there is no fee to registerRegister at http://www.trb.org/Research/Blurbs/169269.aspx

The licensed and free management tools that will be covered are EndNote, EndNote Web, RefWorks, and Zotero.

TRID, released in 2011, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information. TRID is an integrated database that combines the records from TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to more than one million records of transportation research worldwide, with more than 90,000 links to free or fee-based full text.

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will feature information from the presenter and the final 30 minutes is reserved for audience questions.

Webinar Presenters:

  • Bill McLeod, Transportation Research Board
  • Ken Winters, Virginia Department of Transportation

Moderated by: Lisa Berardi Marflak, Transportation Research Board

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to export references from TRID to an EndNote library or database; an EndNote Web account; a RefWorks database; and to a Zotero Library
  • To understand the labor and time-saving benefits of using reference management tools to write papers, chapters, and technical documentation

To ensure that you receive notices about upcoming webinars, please subscribe to the TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter.

Registration information:  
There is no fee to register for this webinar. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  See link above to register.

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum at RGillum@nas.edu.

GIS Workshop: Making Your First Map

Wednesday, September 12
1:00 – 2:00pm
Campbell Hall, Room 105

Session repeats on
Thursday, September 13
3:00 – 4:00pm
Adlerman Library, Room 421 (New Electronic classroom)

Getting started with new software can be intimidating. This workshop introduces the skills you need to work with spatial goodness. Along the way you’ll get a taste of Earth’s most popular geographic software and a gentle introduction to map making. You’ll leave with your own cartographic masterpiece and tips for learning more in your pursuit of mappiness at UVa.
Sponsored by the Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.

Water Systems Restoration in Iraq

The UVA Student Chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers are pleased to announce this presentation about

Water Systems Restoration in Iraq: Program Management Technology Application

by

Regan McDonald, PE

Atkins Global

on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 6:30 – 7:30 PM in D223 Thornton Hall

Free Pizza & Soda

For more information, please contact ASCE or SAME:

Michael Boone (mrb6zt) or Matthew McDonald (mpm2p)

Sustainable Engineering Talk

CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING and

MATERIAL SCIENCES ENGINEERING

on Friday, November 18, at 2 pm in Olsson 120

 

Braden Allenby, PhD

Founding Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management

Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Engineering

Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Professor of Law

Arizona State University

 

The Challenge of Sustainable Engineering

 

There is growing interest in sustainability and sustainable engineering among professionals, clients, stakeholders, and the public.  While the concept is unquestionably popular, it is also ill-defined, and frequently misunderstood, often because it fails to adequately engage with issues of emerging technologies, and the complexity, uncertainty, and contingency that they create.  This leads to a difficult dilemma for engineers and technologists: although sustainability cannot be responsibly ignored, neither can it be defined so that it can easily be integrated into engineering and design decisions.  Responding to this challenge will require significant enhancement of current engineering, policy, management, and planning practices and frameworks.

Knovel Database and Earthquake Engineering

In the wake of yesterday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake here in central Virginia, you might find these titles from the Knovel database of interest.  What is Knovel?  Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers in many engineering disciplines.  It provides the full text to a variety of texts and reference books useful to all engineers.  Give Knovel a try!

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Handbook by R. W. Day

Earthquake Engineering – Application to Design by Charles K. Erdey

Hint:  When searching Knovel, you may want to limit your search to just items that UVa subscribes to.  Check the “My Subscription” link near the upper right corner of the Knovel screen.  Readers at schools other than UVa may have different subscribed content – or no access, if your school doesn’t subscribe to Knovel.  Check with your local librarian, if you have questions.

 

Autonomous Quadcopters Work Together To Build Structures

Clay Dillow writes in Popular Science (1/19), “Whenever a new video emerges from UPenn’s GRASP lab (that’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception), it’s usually awesome, and this one is no exception.” The video features a team of autonomous quad-rotor helicopters “working from a preset algorithm…constructing a cubic tower structure using specially designed parts that snap together via magnets when placed in the proper arrangement.” The quadcopters “can even judge the quality of their own construction, checking to make sure a piece is properly in place before moving on to the next segment.” Considering potential uses, Dillow writes, “Beyond the obvious applications in automated construction processes, swarms of construction ‘bots could be launched from naval vessels to autonomously construct shelters in disaster-stricken areas or to set up a forward operating base before live troops arrive in a combat zone.”

Reposted from the 1/20/11 ASEE First Bell

Car “Platooning”

New Scientist (1/18, Graham-Rowe) reported on a road test of an automatic driving system in Sweden that showed “that a single car could join a platoon, be ‘enslaved’ by a lead truck” and become part of a convoy “and then exit safely.” As a result, “discussions are now under way to carry out tests on public roads in Spain next year.” The system, known as “platooning,” was tested by Volvo, “one of the partners of the Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) Project” coordinated by the Cambridge engineering firm Ricardo UK, which has “€6.4 million of European Commission money” for it. The system would theoretically let “drivers read a book, surf the net or possibly even have a snooze while behind the wheel.” The SARTRE project aims to operate “platoons on public highways without having to change the infrastructure.”

Reposted from the 1/19/11 ASEE First Bell

Carbon, Our Energy Future, and You: A Community Workshop

The City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia are hosting a Community Workshop inviting the public to learn more about ongoing initiatives related to energy opportunities and impacts, including recent efforts to identify effective energy management strategies.

Cost:                    Free

Date:                   Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm

Note:  Display Stations will be available for viewing in the Lobby all day on January 26th

Place:                  Albemarle County Office Building Auditorium and Lobby, 401 McIntyre Road, Charlottesville, VA

Further information:     www.charlottesville.org/agreencity

Event details:  display posters on view in the Lobby with specialists on hand to answer questions/discuss issues; an interactive community survey with real-time responses; comment/suggestion boxes for community input.

Old School Hydrology

Old School Hydro: Modern and Historic Surveying Aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, November 4

3:00 p.m.

Alderman Library Scholars’ Lab

Max Edelson

Associate Professor

Corcoran Department of History

University of Virginia

During the summer of 2010, U.Va. historian Max Edelson gained a berth aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson as it charted the waters off the western Keys of Florida. For a week, he learned about modern coastal surveying and hydrography first hand and interviewed the TJ’s officers and scientists about their experiences using sonar-based sensing to measure the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To better get a grasp on the first rigorous colonial surveys of Florida created in the 1760s and 1770s, he enlisted some of the crew to recreate early modern methods by tracing the contours and measuring the depths of a harbor in Key West. When asked what they were up with their lead lines and sextants by puzzled crew mates, they replied, “We’re off to do some old-school hydro.” This talk describes the art and science of surveying and mapmaking in and around the Florida Keys across 250 years.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.

GIS Workshop

GIS Workshop

Thursday, October 21:

GIS Workshop: Global Positioning System

2:00 p.m.

Alderman Electronic Classroom

Curious about how to make the best use of GPS in your fieldwork and other outdoor adventures? In this session we’ll explain the magic of GPS and how to combine GPS data with Google Earth and ArcGIS for visualization and analysis.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.


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