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UTA In The News — Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

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Bursting pipes

Los Angeles radio stations KABC 790 (ABC) and KNX 1170 (CBS) interviewed Jean-Pierre Bardet, director of the Urban Water Institute and professor of civil engineering at UT Arlington, about the major water main break that flooded parts of the UCLA campus. Bardet said much of Los Angeles’ infrastructure is aging and the breaks are likely to continue in the future. Bardet worked with officials on a replacement plan of aging infrastructure several years ago as a consultant with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Water photography

Internationally respected photographer and UT Arlington photography professor Kenda North discussed her fascination with underwater photography in a Q&A with the Oak Cliff Advocate. “I’ve always loved the figure. And I’ve always enjoyed working with fabric. And I love to swim. The water just provides this really wonderful environment to shoot in,” North said.

Research in concrete fiber

Rick Traylor, the new chairman of the American Concrete Pipe Association, mentioned UT Arlington in an interview with Concrete More available funds in the last year or two has translated into more investment in research, particularly work done with The University of Texas at Arlington, which is close to ACPA’s national headquarters in Dallas. “We’re looking at the long-term strength of fiber-reinforced pipe, examining various diameters and fiber content in terms of pounds of fiber/cu. yd., and evaluating the performance mechanisms that occur in fiber-reinforced pipe,” Traylor explained.

Abram project under way

The City of Arlington broke ground Thursday on a $22 million project to rebuild Abram Street, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. As one of the major gateways into the city, Abram Street provides access to the entertainment district, General Motors Truck Assembly Plant, downtown, The University of Texas at Arlington and other destinations. Over the next several years, Abram will be rebuilt from Great Southwest Parkway west to Cooper Street, bringing new sidewalks, landscaping, water and sewer line upgrades and drainage improvements.

RoboBoat competition

UT Arlington was one of just 13 schools invited to compete in the 7th annual International RoboBoat Competition held last month in Virginia Beach, Va, reported. The Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation sponsored the competition, which organizers called ideal preparation for engineering students entering the workforce. Teams from as far away as Indonesia competed in the autonomous robotics challenge.