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Smart Transportation Systems and Smart Highways

Today, I learned about Smart transportation systems like by reducing the use of gases such as methane and CO2. I learned mass transit is more effective than personalized vehicles because they allow large numbers of people to travel long distances using the least amount of fuel possible. I also learned about new innovative ways scientists are trying to improve  public transportation through the SMT rail and Straddling bus. The SMT rail involves a single rail with a car attached. when payment is given the car arrives at the stop/location you wish to be at then lets you off. Similarly, the Straddling bus, is a double layer bus that allows cars to pass through underneath to reduce congestion caused by large vehicles. I also learned about Smart Highways and Cars. I learned that by making cars aerodynamic,convenient, safer, and with higher fuel economy, cars become more efficient. Towards the end of the day, i found out that depending on the material used as pavement, either cement or asphalt, can change the durability and smoothness of the road. While cement is more durable, asphalt is smoother and in the long run, more expensive.

Maglev Transportation System

Hi it Renisha, Kayla, Essi, Sean, Brandon and Dylan! Today we started building for our SMART city. Our group worked on transportation. For a modernized transportation method, we worked on using maglev and incorporating them into public transportation like trains and bus. Maglev is powering things using magnetism and the power from magnets. This replaces the use for electricity and reduces the usage of power plants that make coal and produce greenhouse gases. So far, we have “made” a maglev train and bus.

Soil Engineering

Hey blog! Today we talked about soil engineering with Chris. Soil engineering is one of the many jobs that civil engineers do everyday. To build on soil, there must be certain characteristics with the soil. The moisture and stability of the soil is important to know before building a bridge or any form of road. We tested out different types of soil and a combination to see the different states of soil. On Monday, we will see the progress of the different soils separating.