The first cities where drones could ferry people to and fro are the nation’s largest and most-congested — places like Los Angeles. But a new research center at Georgia Tech aims to answer the key questions about what’s called urban and regional air mobility, and turn Atlanta into a test bed for the emerging technology along the way.
Reporters looking for insight into the collapse of the Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta talked with four School of Civil and Environmental Engineering professors in the hours afterward in an effort to understand how the structure crumbled.
The Atlanta City Council voted June 20 to ask residents whether they want to pay an additional half-penny sales tax starting in 2017 to fund transit expansion in the city. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Kari Watkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution what residents decide will play a significant role in how the city evolves and the kinds of people who will want to live in Atlanta.
Lack of spending on Atlanta’s sidewalks has created a system of haves and have-nots when it comes to who can walk alongside the city’s roadways. That’s the perspective of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student Alice Grossman, who penned a guest column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 29 arguing for more funding for the city’s crumbling sidewalks.
Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team recently announced it would not build a new training facility and headquarters in DeKalb County as planned, citing unexpected remediation costs for the proposed site. The site was formerly a landfill, so the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached our to Susan Burns to find out what kinds of problems that can cause for redevelopment.
Imagine sharing the highway with cars driven by computers rather than people. Google is rather famously experimenting with such self-driving vehicles. And a Georgia General Assembly study committee is weighing the issues around allowing these driverless cars on the state’s roads. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter has served as an expert witness for the committee and outlined some of the issues in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution guest column Oct. 7.