Building materials imbued with new properties, such as smart concrete, can help engineers troubleshoot weak points long before they become problematic. Wireless sensors monitor structural health to prevent system failures and potential injuries. As interconnected devices talk to one another in a vast new Internet of Things, new cyber-physical marriages enable vital systems to be responsive.
Even small disruptions can make a big difference in our daily lives – just think of how a winter storm affects your commute. Engineers keep in mind the human element, whether making infrastructure more resilient or preparing for a disaster. And when the risks are great, we want early warnings, tracking systems, and robotic colleagues to help us out.
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