Apr 03

Record-Breaking Demand For Global Solar PV Industry in Q1 2014, According to NPD Solarbuzz

New solar photovoltaic (PV) demand added during the first quarter of 2014 exceeded 9 gigawatts (GW), which was 35 percent more than the previous first-quarter record, set last year.  In fact, every quarter in 2014 is forecast to reach new highs, with trailing 12-month demand at the end of Q1 2015 forecast to exceed 50 GW for the first time, according to findings in the latest Quarterly report.

The record level of demand achieved in the first quarter was driven by strong growth in Japan and the United Kingdom. These two countries combined accounted for more than one-third of global  demand in Q1 2014 and set new quarterly records for PV deployed.

“The record demand added by the PV industry is the fifth straight year that a quarterly record has been set at the start of the year,” said Michael Barker, senior analyst at NPD Solarbuzz. “While demand during the first quarter typically sets the low point for the year, deployment levels during this quarter provide an excellent means of benchmarking demand for the rest of the coming year.”

Solar PV demand during the first quarter typically accounts for up to 20 percent of annual demand. In 2013, for example, Q1 demand of nearly 7 GW was followed by full-year demand above 37 GW. “Purely on a pro-rata basis, the first quarter of 2014 provides strong confidence that 2014 solar PV demand will indeed reach, and possibly even surpass, NPD Solarbuzz’s 2014 full-year forecast of 49 GW,” Barker noted.

With Q1 2014 now closed, the trailing 12-month demand suggests that the true size of the industry today is almost 40 GW. By the end of Q1 2015, the PV industry will likely break through the pivotal 50 GW barrier, bringing the industry much closer to rational supply and demand levels.  (please see above chart).

“During the past few years, the solar PV industry has been waiting for end-market demand to catch up with the excess manufacturing capacity added between 2010 and 2012,” added Finlay Colville, vice-president Read more »

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Oct 27

Know the course: Civil Engineering

Civil engineering has its roots since the old times that date back centuries. The

discipline is instrumental in developing country’s infrastructure as it deals with

design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built

environment that improves and increases mobility and convenience for its society.

The thing about Civil Engineering: faculty views

“The traditional side of civil engineering education still focuses on structures,

building foundations, waterways, and transportation. In the past 50 years or so,

there has been a growing trend to branch into other areas of critical importance to

society. For example, environmental engineering has taken front stage in the late

20th century. This was driven by the urgent need to clean up ground and water

pollution resulting from centuries of heavy industrialization. Construction

management, transportation logistics, sustainable development, infrastructure management, and disaster recovery have also become important components of

today’s civil engineering education,”

As the technological revolution expands, and the world’s population increases,

with the mounting environmental concerns, civil engineering skills will be needed throughout the world explains Shaikh. “Civil engineering offers a wide range of

choices from design, construction, research, planning, teaching or management

to anyone choosing the discipline. From a larger perspective, Civil engineering has

played a critical role in increasing the health and quality of life in the last 50 years,

from developing better water supplies, municipal sewer systems, and waste-water

treatment plants to the design of buildings to protecting from natural hazards and

provide health care, to improved agriculture through water resource development

and distribution projects to rapid and dramatic changes in transportation systems,

civil engineers have developed the basic infrastructure on which modern society


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Aug 24

This is forensic civil engineering

Bangalore was witness to a series of buildings collapses in the last one month leading to death and injury. In what can be termed well-timed and the need-of-the-hour, the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers – India (ACCE) has come up with a two-day ‘Conference and exhibition on Forensic Civil Engineering’ concluding in the city today that has national and international construction experts under one roof for discussing the importance of investigations and reviews that have to take place after site-accidents, as they are key sources to learning exercises, some kind of a forewarning to possible construction tragedies too.

Surveying the damage after a building collapsed
M.U. Aswath of the Bulletin Committee of ACCE explains that Forensic engineering is the investigation of materials, products or structures that fail or do not function as intended at the construction site causing damage to property and life, the subject applied most commonly in civil law cases. Generally, the purpose of forensic engineering investigation is to establish reasons for failure with a view to improving the performance or assisting a court in determining the facts of an accident. Early examples of such forensic engineering have been the investigation of bridge failures such as the Tay rail bridge disaster in Scotland in 1879 and the Dee bridge rail accident of 1847 across the river Dee in England. Although it is a well-established discipline overseas, it is almost unknown in India amongst engineers and civil engineers.

Mr. Aswath says, “Any disaster at a construction site or a completed building in most developed countries abroad have a committee to analyse the specifics of the lapse, and along with forensic engineering experts, their study, reports and analysis are shared with the general public. In India, while the investigations may take place, it is hardly made public for people to know, or professionals to learn from these unfortunate incidents. It

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/features/homes-and-gardens/this-is-forensic-civil-engineering/article5052784.ece

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May 17

American infrastructure faces bleak future

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the world’s largest and oldest publisher of civil engineering information, report card on American Infrastructure for 2013 offers a bleak insight on the U.S.’s crumbling foundation.

On an A-F grading scale, the country managed a meager “D+,” a failing grade by any academic standard. Among the components of the assessment, drinking water earned a startling “D,” as did aviation, hazardous waste and roads.

Worse still, seven years after Hurricane Katrina, one of the costliest natural disasters in American history, flood levees topped the list of failures with a “D-.”

The report estimates that approximately $3.6 trillion dollars is required to meet quality standards by 2020, averaging about $514 billion per year in the next seven years. The dreary figures are compounded with the bleak forecast of federal government spending on infrastructure, indicating that only a fraction of the required funds would be allocated towards declining or even obsolete structures.

The report details the implications of underestimating its recommendations. Deteriorating roadways would increase the likelihood of traffic accidents and congestion. Deficient flood levees could invite cataclysmic floods rivaling the likes of Hurricane Sandy and Katrina. Even easily fixed inefficiencies in wastewater treatment plants could produce sewer defects and unsanitary drinking water.

President Barack Obama’s February State of the Union Address touched on the woes of American infrastructure, introducing the “Fix-It-First” initiative, which he reiterated last month when he visited Miami. The undertaking claims to create jobs while improving the nation’s bridges, roads and facilities through a partnership between the federal government and private business — trendy political rhetoric that was popular with both Democrats and Republicans.

Despite the night’s standing ovations, the subsequent U.S. Department of Transportations Read more »

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May 12

Infinite Skills’ “Learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Tutorial”

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 differs from regular AutoCAD versions in the way it manages project data and the relationship between data and its display. Civil 3D supports Building Information Modeling workflows. Using a dynamic engineering model, it allows for better modeling and collaboration possibilities, helping teams explore civil engineering projects fully through the digital model before they are ever built.

InfiniteSkills’ Learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Tutorial Video provides a working foundation, explaining all the fundamental tools for designing in AutoCAD Civil 3D, and exploring several real-world applications such as modeling corridors, pipes, and more.

Course author Seth Cohen is currently a vice president of training at CADManage, a consulting company for AutoCAD Civil 3D and other CAD programs. He is an AutoCAD 2012 Certified professional, and an AutoCAD Civil 3D implementation expert with a level five certification as a geospatial technical specialist.

Infinite Skills – Learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Training Video

Cohen’s experience in training and using AutoCAD Civil 3D make the “Learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Tutorial,” a fun and informative way to quickly and effectively put this complex and powerful program to use in an engineering practice.

After a chapter exploring the basic interface of AutoCAD Civil 3D, explaining its workspaces, the ribbon,Toolspace, and properties, among other features, Cohen explains the key elements of AutoCAD Civil 3D models, starting with data points and their management and how to incorporate data from a survey.

From there, Cohen explores model creation, explaining how to create and work with surfaces, creating and managing alignments, sharing 3D data, creating assemblies and subassemblies, grading, and much more.

Additional chapters cover pipe and pressure pipe networks, and working with point clouds, parcels, and sheets, and much more.

“Years ago, the biggest problem with working with AutoCAD models Read more »

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