The Korte Co. will be installing ship simulators at Naval Station Mayport in Florida under a $10.47 million Navy task order. The design-build project involves Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer 4.0 and 5.0 modules.
The USS George Washington is now equipped with an anchor from the world's first nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, which was decommissioned two years ago. The anchor came in handy during the Washington's midlife Refueling and Complex Overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding when shipbuilders discovered one of the carrier's anchors needed to be replaced.
Civil engineering firm JMT informed county officials that its design for a new stormwater system in Aiken County, S.C., is about 60% complete, with the final design phase coming next. The system will incorporate an approximately 100-foot-wide open channel and several ponds.
The devastation wrought in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian illustrates the kind of storm damage that natural barriers like wetlands and coral reefs can mitigate, writes Michael Beck. "Losing just one meter from the top of a reef allows an exponential increase in the wave energy that passes through to the shore," writes Beck, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
A United Arab Emirates project that transformed a dump into a natural wetland ecosystem friendly to visitors has earned an Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Designers from Dubai-based X-architects minimized the intrusion of buildings on the 20-acre site with sensitivity to the area's natural topography, while also incorporating a ramp for visitors and a viewing gallery.
East Hampton on Long Island will face a big bill to rebuild the Montauk beachfront, but may be able to keep the price down by taking advantage of plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to reinforce a nearby beach. The Montauk project is expected to require successive deposits of new sand, starting with a $15 million estimate for a stretch of beach between Ditch Plains and downtown Montauk.
Mining south of Sydney is drying up swamps and streams and threatening the city's drinking water catchment, according to a study by the University of New South Wales. The study says the longwall mining has compromised some of the swamp's water-retaining sandstone beds.
Research at Harvard University shows how hard electronic components and solenoid valves currently used to actuate soft robots can be replaced with soft valves that respond to air pressure rather than electricity and wires. The system effectively creates a soft digital logic computer that mimics its electronic counterparts.
Patent searching cuts against the grain of the engineering mind and can be exhausting, but it's also indispensable, writes Bodkin IP Managing Director Andrea Davis. "This additional layer to the innovation cycle does incur a slight cost, but it minimizes the risk of litigation, streamlines and shortens the patent application process, and allows you to focus your resources on what matters most--ideas and products that are truly innovative," she writes.