When you think of technological innovation, you may not immediately think about civil engineering. However, advanced technology is a large part of today’s construction industry. Better construction methods can have a substantial impact on important issues like climate change. Construction of large structures can contribute to climate change, accounting for over a fourth of all greenhouse gases. If civil engineers can construct more environmentally friendly facilities, they can eliminate a considerable amount of greenhouse gas from being produced. As buildings and other structures become more energy-efficient and reliant on smart technology, the demand for innovative technology to build these infrastructures is abundant. Here are three innovative technologies being used in civil engineering to create a more sustainable and smart future.
Utilizing Kinetic Energy
To create a more efficient energy structure, civil engineers have been looking at kinetic energy when making construction plans. Two examples of this technology are kinetic footfall and kinetic roads. Kinetic technologies make use of movement by turning it into energy that can then power objects such as street lights. A busy street or road could provide valuable energy that doesn’t harm the environment with this technology.
What if glass acted like a solar panel? This is possible with photovoltaic glaze technology. Glass with photovoltaic glaze looks just like ordinary glass, only it also provides sustainable energy. A building can produce its own energy just by having windows that are made with this technology. Utilizing this technology is low-cost, too, so the construction cost will not break the bank when trying to be environmentally friendly. The photovoltaic glaze helps reduce the carbon footprint while maintaining the traditional look of glass. This allows civil engineers to meet environmental standards while being discreet about it.
Scale models have been made more accurate than ever with 3d modeling technology. This technology can even construct the models from different materials, allowing civil engineers to see how well the materials will work in the final product. Small scale models are not the only things 3d printing can create, either. 3d printers can also make the buildings themselves, constructing buildings more quickly and efficiently.