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Research Focus Issue No. 46 AUGUST 2001 PROMOTING THE APPLICATION OF RESEARCH IN BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING


IN THIS ISSUE Bridges


New steel bridge code Buildings


Building services


Standardisation, pre-assembly and modular construction


Coastal engineering Timber in coastal engineering


Design


Establishing client requirements 6 Drainage


Sustainable urban drainage


Environment & sustainability Buildings that save water


Sustainable urban drainage Flooding


Carbon fibre composites 6


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Research projects at Wallingford 4 Materials


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Combating the thaumasite threat 7 New materials and customer benefits 3 New European asphalt test Timber in coastal engineering


Structures


Combating the thaumasite threat 7 Robustness test on concrete frame 5


Support to standards New European asphalt test


Websites New cladding website 4 7


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F2 car tests out the track


olas have previously built a test track for Toyota to a similar tight specifica- tion for surface profile, which was checked using a Japanese 10m-long computerised straight edge. On this occasion Colas came to TRL for ad- vice and TRL proposed the use of HARRIS to monitor the track evenness. HARRIS, the High- ways Agency Road Research Information System, is the result of research under contract to the Highways Agency, for developing a traffic speed road monitoring system using the latest develop- ments in laser technology.


C MATERIALS & IT Web access to concrete research


Concrete.Info, the world’s largest bibliographical database specialising in cement and concrete, is now on the Web. It contains nearly 120,000 references to the international literature on its subject, covering materials science, production, civil engineering, standards, design and construction. It is a resource for locating reports, articles and conference proceedings on research and innovation, as well as best practice guidance and case studies. Over 400 journals from around the world are drawn on, and conference papers are indexed individually.


C Research Focus Issue 46 AUGUST 2001


oncrete.Info is powered by Headfast software, specially tailored to the Internet, which provides index search-


ing, Boolean operators, truncation facilities, a speedy sort function and full printing or e-mailing options. Menu-driven help is available on screen. The database is fully searchable by author, publisher, title, source and comprehen- sive subject keywords. It is updated regularly and is accessible by password.


All records are backed up by documents held at, and available from, the BCA’s Centre for Concrete Information – itself a major research resource built up over the past 65 years.


For further information please contact Gina Al-Talal, British Cement Association (01344 725 700; fax: 01344 727 202; E-mail: galtalal@bca.org.uk; Website: www.concrete-info.com).


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Using on-board processing each layer was sur- veyed and reported in a day’s visit, enabling cor- rective action to be taken where required prior to laying the next layer. Prior to laying the final sur- face, the track was tried out using a F2 car and the thumbs up given.


For further information please contact Stuart Wood at TRL (01344 770041; fax: 01344 770356; E-mail: swood@trl.co.uk).


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Design of flood-resistant buildings 4 Buildings that save water


4 Indy car track uses TRL research


TRL has been assisting Colas in the construction of the UK’s first Indy car track. Construction of the 2 km circuit, to high standards of evenness, has recently been completed at Rockingham, near Corby, Northamptonshire.


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