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UCI-sponsored conference to focus on efficient engineering and construction
Growing world concern about preserving the environment and limiting energy consumption poses a challenge to engineers and builders: How to develop greener technologies for buildings, bridges and other important infrastructure systems.

The stakes are high. Construction, renovation and demolition produce significant hazardous waste. Residential and commercial buildings emit substantial carbon dioxide and deplete energy reserves.

A gathering of top experts will try to meet these challenges at the Fifth International Engineering and Construction Conference, co-sponsored by UC Irvine. The three-day event, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27, also will identify and examine challenges in manufacturing, assembling, repairing and recycling green construction materials in environmentally responsible ways.

“We want to educate the public about these issues,” said Ayman Mosallam, UCI civil and environmental engineering professor and conference organizing committee chair.

Highlights of the conference include a panel discussion and keynote lectures on the safety of California bridges, sustainability efforts in Egypt, and green initiatives in South America. The conference also will feature an exhibition where several companies from around the world will present the latest construction techniques and materials.

UCI researchers have contributed significantly to the subject of building and bridge safety.

Mosallam, an expert on structural and earthquake engineering, specializes in advanced composites and hybrid smart systems for bridges and buildings, using both natural and recyclable materials. He also is researching novel ways to repair and monitor military and highway composite bridges.

Maria Feng, UCI engineering professor and conference co-chair, also will give a keynote talk on structural health monitoring. Feng develops sensors that continually evaluate the soundness of bridges, buildings and other structures.

The conference will continue through Friday, Aug. 29, at the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport hotel. It is organized by the UCI Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering Test Hall, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ UCI Chapter and the Los Angeles Section of the ASCE.


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