Posts Tagged 'Transportation'

Smart Speed Bumps

Smart Speed Bumps Address Environmental, Safety Concerns.

USA Today (10/6, Hawley) reports that “concerns over the environment – and the utter annoyance of having to brake and accelerate frequently – have prompted one Mexican state government to embrace a ‘smart’ speed bump that could make driving smoother, without sacrificing safety.”  The smart bump, “being developed by Mexico-based Decano Industries, automatically lowers into the ground when drivers go the speed limit or slower.  Drive too fast, and the bump stays up.”  With this speed bump, said Decano Industries President Carlos Cano, “people will feel rewarded for obeying the law.”  USA Today notes, “The technology is relatively basic:  The speed bump is formed by two steel plates that form a triangle sticking out of the pavement.  When a car tire touches the plate, a patented device under the triangle measures the force of the impact.”

Reposted from the October 6, 2009 ASEE First Bell briefing.

Database of the Week: CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts

CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the serials literature in civil engineering and its complementary fields, including forensic engineering, management and marketing of engineering services, engineering education, theoretical mechanics and dynamics, and mathematics and computation.  This database provides comprehensive international coverage as well as numerous non-serial publications.  Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

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On a Roll

The Knovel Library contains hundreds of full-text online resources in a wide variety of science and engineering disciplines, as well as innovative research and analysis tools for using them. Here is one of the latest items to appear in the Knovel Library:

Handbook of Transportation Engineering
Edited by: Kutz, Myer
McGraw – Hill

Description:  Covering all varieties of transportation systems, including freight, passenger, mass transit air, rail, road and water systems, this handbook provides problem-solving engineering tools, planning and design techniques with examples of successful applications and strategems.  This title has been recently updated with 52 digitized graphs covering many aspects of transportation.

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