MTU Senior Brian Bellmore Receives $7,500 Scholarship and Trip to National Dam Engineering Conference

Brian Bellmore, a senior undergraduate in Civil Engineering and Surveying Engineering at Michigan Technological University, has received a $7,500 scholarship from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), a national non-profit organization of more than 3,000 members.  ASDSO honored Mr. Bellmore at its annual Awards Banquet, part of  the “Dam Safety 2010” conference held in late September in Seattle.

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Somewhere in Time–A History of Automated People Movers

March 3, 2011
642 Dow Building
4-5 pm
Public welcome

Presenter: Dr. William Sproule, Professor of Civil Engineering

The history of automated people movers is a fascinating story of innovation by governments, companies, entrepreneurs, transportation interest groups, researchers, and individuals. Some believe that the initial work began when the auto manufacturers were conducting in-house research on automated highways and other companies were developing systems using driverless vehicles on separate guideways. However the impetus for the development of these systems in the United States was provided by amendd t t th U b M T t ti A t f 6 Th d t  ments to the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964. The amendmentsrequired that a project be undertaken to study and prepare a program of research, development, and demonstration of new systems of transportation. Extensive research studies were undertaken in the late 1960s and 1970s. Several manufacturers developed prototypes and early applications included installations at Tampa and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airports and in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Downtown People Mover studies generated conside People Mover studies generated considerable  rable interest in the late 1970s interest in the late 1970s Research and  . Research and development work was also underway in Canada, Europe, and Japan. Today there are over 130 installations of various types and configurations throughout the world and many more are under construction or are being considered. This presentation travels somewhere in time to review the major events in the development of this new transit technology.


Walkable Urban Development; a Discourse on Research and Trends

February 17, 2011
642 Dow building
4:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dustin Sommer

Abstract: Current economic and demographic trends have presented large unsatisfied demand for walkable urban environments. The development of the these livable walkable places is very complex and calls for an integrated design methodology that challenges standard development practice. The roles of engineers, architects, and investors in the evolution of the built environment are poised for redefinition and it is the opportunity of the next generation of researchers and practitioners to advance the practice.In my graduate study, I am working to see how my engineering background can be synthesized with architecture and business to advance the practice and strive to produce these walkable and livable urban communities. The work focuses on transportation as the physical mechanism spawning development and following the research of Christopher Leinberger and Richard Florida I am looking to combine architectural design, history, and theory into a synthesis. Through case studies the presentation will illustrate the trends and drivers of walkable urban environments presently orrecently built and throughout I hope to posit my ideas on the synthesis of the three fields towards a more sophisticated real estate development role.




Dr. Robert Baillod, Water Authority Chair, Resigning

View the news story from Daily Mining Gazette

Dr. Robert Baillod of CEE department served on the Portage Lake Water & Sewage Authority board for 35 years, the last 20 of them as chair. An environmental engineer with a specialty in wastewater, Baillod became a Michigan Technological University faculty member in 1968. He took an interest in the wastewater treatment plant, then located at the current site of the Ramada Inn in Hancock, taking classes there for activities.


Performance-based engineering framework for multi-hazard

Thursday January 20, 2011
462 Dow building
4 – 5pm

Presenter: Dr. Yue Li, Donald and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Abstract: Although in many parts of the country one natural hazard
dominates, in certain areas multiple hazards may pose a significant
threat to buildings and infrastructure. Building design and construction
practices should address the overall risk to construction from multiple
hazards to achieve design strategies and risk levels that are consistent
with occupant expectations and social objectives. This presentation
presents a performance-based engineering framework for multi-hazard risk
assessment and mitigation.


Research Ethics

Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll will present “Research Ethics” from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, in Dow 642. Issues such as plagiarism, data fabrication and copyright, both for students and faculty, are explored here to help give credit where credit is due and to make sure no disciplinary action is needed. Research ethics is an area of growing concern with the advent of the Internet and the ease of information access, especially in this “download” culture we live in.



An Introduction into the RocScience Suite of Software for Use in Civil and Mining Engineering

CE Seminar: by Stan Vitton on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, from 4-5P in Dow 642. Stan will be talking about:

An Introduction into the RocScience Suite of Software for Use in Civil and Mining Engineering

This year Michigan Tech’s Civil Engineering Department purchased a five year educational license for the The RocScience suite of software. This suite of software includes 12 separate programs for the analysis of rock and soil engineering problems. The programs include stereo net construction, 2 and 3D boundary element programs, 2D finite element that includes slope stability and groundwater seepage analysis, limit equilibrium slope stability analysis, settlement analysis and 3D settlement analysis programs among others. A distinguishing feature of the RocScience suite of programs are their ease of use and their wide application by many civil and mining engineering companies today. The presentation will review each of these programs as well as provide a short introduction on current rock engineering trends, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) use of the the Hoek-Brown failure criteria for dealing with transportation issues in rock.