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Book Review on “Engineering Systems: meeting human needs in a complex technological world” by de Weck, Roos & Magee (2011), MIT Press

This book was published in 2011, and I purchased in 2013 for the preparation of CVL609, Civil Engineering Systems. I just read it second time, and I believe it deserves more reading. https://www.amazon.ca/Engineering-Systems-Meeting-Complex-Technological/dp/0262529947 This books is revolutionary. Most of our … Continue reading

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A Recipe for MEng Students Hoping to Specialize in Infrastructure Management

Before you read on, please note that the blog articles published in rilcie.blog.ryerson.ca represent only Dr. Arnold Yuan’s personal view, and do represent neither the position of Ryerson University nor that of the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Yuan does … Continue reading

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Why do you study PhD?

Frequently, if not everyday, I receive emails inquiring position vacancy about MASc or PhD.  Some have very specific research targets, but a majority of them are mainly fishing emails, to which I rarely reply.  Research position is always there, if … Continue reading

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Why are structural grads uninterested in Risk and Reliability?

Some of the materials were first drafted in my LinedIn early on.  But the character limit of LinkedIn makes it only a place to show opinion and not a full argument.  Here is my relatively complete argument: CV8311 Risk and … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Observation 21Oct2015

Now that the Liberal wins a majority government, it is interesting to see how the other people see the opportunities and concerns.  I’ll try to jot down some notes for my readings, mainly of newspaper articles. Why virtually every Canadian … Continue reading

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Research Positions in RILCIE Group

The RILCIE group keeps looking for high quality graduate students and researchers.  For the academic year of 2015-2016, the group has admitted three Phd students and one MASc student, and therefore, no more graduate students can be taken for the … Continue reading

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CV8107 Infrastructure Asset Management

Dr. Arnold Yuan is going to offer a new graduate course titled ‘Infrastructure Asset Management’ in Fall 2015.  The course materials will be delivered on the new learning and teaching system D2L, instead of Blackboard, which is being phased out … Continue reading

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Group Update as of October 1, 2014

Well, it has been quite a while since last blogging. After a cool summer and a hectic September, it is the right time to briefly summarize what the RILCIE research group was doing. First thing first, Dr. Arnold Yuan was … Continue reading

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How should you prepare for exams?

About six years ago, when I just first came to Ryerson, I observed one thing: too many Ryerson students were interested in only marks, not in knowledge and problem-solving skills.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see this has been changed much.  This … Continue reading

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(Risk, Reliability) vs. (Resilience, Sustainability)

A recent in-print in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, is entitled “Resilience and sustainability of the civil infrastructure: towards a unified approach” by two Lehigh professors (P. Bocchini and D. M. Frangopol) and two German researchers (T. Ummenhofer and … Continue reading

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