• LNG-powered Ferries Being Built in Canada

    Hull assembly is under way for the MV Armand-Imbeau II—the first of two sister-ships under construction at Davie, the Canada-based shipbuilder, for the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ).

  • Oxford Performance Launches 3D Printing Technology for Aerospace Parts

    Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) launched two grades of 3D printing technology—OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD—and says this technology will improve how aircraft and industrial components are manufactured.

  • Quantum Radar Could Detect Objects Invisible to Conventional Systems

    An international research team has developed a prototype quantum radar that it says has the potential to detect objects invisible to conventional systems. The radar is a hybrid system that uses quantum correlation between microwave and optical beams to detect objects of low reflectivity, such as cancer cells or aircraft with a stealth capability.

  • Renault and French Post Office Test Electric Truck with Fuel-cell Range Extender

    Renault Trucks and the French Post Office will introduce, on an experimental basis, an electric truck equipped with a fuel-cell range extender; the test program is one of the first of its kind in Europe. T

  • Satellite-launching Aircraft Could Be Test-flown in 2016

    Work is underway on the Roc aircraft, which on completion will be the largest aircraft ever made, with a wingspan of 385 feet. It is designed to carry rockets that can be launched into orbit.

  • U.S. Chemical Production Rose in January for 10th Month

    The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose by 0.4% in January, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

  • Urban Social Networks Analyzed from a Big Data Point of View

    Big data technology has allowed researchers to figure out how much movement in cities is attributable to social activity. Failing to properly account for social mobility could lead planners and traffic engineers to underestimate activity by as much as 20%.

  • Jet Engine Is Printed Using 3D Technology

    Airbus, Boeing and Raytheon are expressing interest after Australian researchers created what they say is the world's first 3D-printed jet engine. The manufacturing breakthrough could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets.

  • Rolls-Royce Engines Selected for Chinese High-Speed Ferries

    Chinese ferry operator Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry Co Ltd. has selected Rolls-Royce to supply water jets and high-speed MTU diesel engines to power two new aluminum catamaran ferries.

  • Abrasion-resistant Surfaces Inspired by Desert Scorpions

    Researchers at Jilin University in China are looking to the natural world to solve the problem of material erosion by solid particles. Dr. Han Zhiwu and his team are turning to the deadly Androctonus australis, the yellow fat-backed scorpion, for inspiration, as reported in Design News.

  • ASTM Consolidates Six Standards on Structural Fasteners

    A new ASTM standard consolidates six current standards on structural fasteners.

  • Can Oil Well Monitoring Systems Withstand Stimulation Treatments?

    Downhole data acquisition has evolved with many well completions now integrating fiber optic technology so that engineers and operators may gain a better understanding of well and reservoir behavior.

  • Europe Launches Energy Union

    Citizens of the 28 European countries that make up the European Union will be able to "take ownership" of their energy supply needs through smart meters, domestic generation, and choosing their energy suppliers under a new Energy Union (EU).

  • Google Investment Backs Solar City's Rooftop Photovoltaic Push

    Google Inc. is making a $300 million investment to pay for designing and installing at least 25,000 SolarCity Corp. rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems on U.S. homes, reports Bloomberg Business.

  • Ground Penetrating Radar Used for Bridge Inspections

    The risk of bridge failures has led U.S. engineers to seek better methods of surveillance and inspections. Tarek Zayed, a professor in the department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, has developed a visualization method that could improve the quality and and reliability of bridge inspections.

  • Project Management Tips for Engineering and Construction: Part 4, Software Project Management

    All projects need to be managed, but software projects present particular challenges due to the intangible nature of the deliverables, which are typically lines of code. Unlike construction and many other projects a rough estimate of progress can’t be measured at a glance, making the project schedule especially difficult to monitor. Although software projects have important differences from more conventional undertakings, the official definition according to the Project Management Institute remains the same: “A project is defined as temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.

  • Billboard Recognizes Vehicle and Offers Targeted Messaging

    Porsche drivers got even more attention than usual when one of the first vehicle recognition technologies of its kind was deployed above Airport Drive near Melbourne Airport in Australia.

  • Catalyst Aids in Creating Chemicals from Biomass

    Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass rather than petroleum.

  • Drone Sales May Grow as U.S. Eases Export Rules

    U.S. drone-makers expect to see an uptick in sales of military and civilian drones following a change in the export rules announced by the State Department in mid February.

  • Hispanics Will Account for More Than 40% of Increase in U.S. Employment in Next 5 Years, IHS Says

    The Hispanic population will play an increasingly significant role in future U.S. employment growth, accounting for more than 40% of growth in the next five years and more than 75% between 2020 and 2034—an increase of 11 million jobs out of an economy-wide gain of 14 million—according to a new study from IHS.