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Civil and Construction Engineering


Sustainability Lab Hosts Interdisciplinary Workshop on Poverty in Nepali Brick Kiln Communities

December 01, 2023 02:46 PM
Students and faculty from the Sustainability Lab, joined by an interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners, discuss air quality, education, and infrastructure in Nepal's brick kiln factories. The event was co-hosted by the Ballard Center for Social Impact and is part of a larger initiative to understand and address the complicated and interconnected challenges of poverty. Read Full Story

Study reveals cost, energy needed to pump Pacific Ocean water into Great Salt Lake

November 16, 2023 06:49 PM
A new study by BYU engineers shows just how much it will cost, and how much energy it will take, to save the Great Salt Lake by pumping water in from the Pacific Ocean. Read Full Story

Addressing Interrelated Challenges of Poverty in Nepal

October 06, 2023 01:31 PM
An interdisciplinary team seeks to understand the challenge of poverty in the brick kilns of Nepal, and finds that community members hope to improve air quality, critical infrastructure, and education. Read Full Story

Analysis of Irrigation by Remote Sensing (AIRS) supports water sustainability

October 05, 2023 10:53 AM
On urban parcels in particular, irrigation is difficult to measure and manage because of so many variables in landscape size, shape, quality, and water use behavior. Annelise Capener, a graduate student in the Sustainability Lab, is studying how remote sensing can help. Read Full Story

How do drinking water utilities use artificial intelligence?

May 17, 2023 01:46 PM
“AI is just one of many tools a water utility may choose to use, and although many currently choose not to, they are open to the idea,” BYU researchers say. Read Full Story

Andrew South receives Experiential Learning Award

April 28, 2023 03:52 PM
Civil and Construction Engineering professor Dr. Andrew South was selected as the College of Engineering recipient in BYU's 2023 Experiential Learning Awards. Read Full Story

Helping water utilities navigate the clean energy transition

February 24, 2023 11:12 AM
"Water utilities are in the business of making clean water, not using clean energy," says Dr. Rob Sowby. "That needs to change." Read Full Story

Pumping seawater to Great Salt Lake would take at least 11% of Utah's electricity demand

February 17, 2023 12:16 PM
Three BYU CCE professors provide an early estimate of the proposed pipeline's energy requirement—and it's significant. Read Full Story

Lab members support United Nations sustainability conference

October 17, 2022 03:44 PM
Faculty and students from the Sustainability Lab presented at the United Nations "Why It Matters" conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, held at Utah Valley University Oct. 5–7, 2022. Their research covered professional ethics, corporate sustainability practices, and irrigation efficiency. Read Full Story

Drought in Utah, Year Three: A Q&A with a BYU water expert on managing the ongoing threat

June 13, 2022 07:29 AM
BYU professor Rob Sowby has contributed to over 200 civil engineering projects throughout North America, including many addressing sustainable water supply. With the current drought crisis in the Mountain West, he’s refining his efforts to be most helpful to water suppliers, policy makers and residents here in Utah. Read Full Story