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The Devastation and Rebirth of Christchurch, New Zealand

EDITORS NOTE: For many years New Zealand native, David Killick, has produced stories on assignment for The Chief Engineer. Filing exclusive reports from newsmakers in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, David has provided readers of the Chief Engineer with unique feature stories on a variety of engineering related topices. Many readers may recall that [...]

Give Me Shelter: Weather Violence Increasing Demand for Safe Rooms

Safe houses have been around since before biblical times. The Book of Joshua from the Old Testament makes reference to a safe house as do many history books and novels. The definition was a house or apartment where one could be sheltered, hidden and safe from a person, persons, or organization. Present day includes not [...]

The Chicago Clean Energy Project

If all goes according to plan, the city of Chicago is about to become a major center for energy production. As part of that plan, thousands of well-paying jobs will be created, a generation’s worth of clean and affordable energy will be made available to the Great Lakes region, and more than one hundred acres [...]

The Answer May Be Blowing In The Wind

The use of wind energy is nothing new to the world, it has been around for centuries. The rotation of the earth, the irregularities of the earth’s surface, and the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, causes the wind. The motion energy of the wind, or the flow, is created by the earth’s [...]

AOS: Revitalizing Chicago’s South Side

While asphalt is ubiquitous in our lives very few of us actually know very much about it. Sure we know that it is used extensively for roads and highways throughout the northern states but what actually comes to mind when the word “asphalt” is spoken is probably something different than most Americans think. To begin [...]