September 4 2003 OCT OSAKA 34 students and 2 ins

first_imgSeptember 4, 2003OCT OSAKA: 34 students and 2 instructors, from the Osaka College of Architecture in Japan, arrived for a 7-day workshop. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] The students arrived just as a monsoon shower brings a little relief from the intense summer heat. [Photo & text: sa] Tomiaki Tamura, Head of Aarchitecture and Design at Arcosanti, introduces the students to the Arcology theory and Arcosanti in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. [Photo & text: sa] The students visit each department to learn more about Arcosanti. Ceramics Manager, Ed Werman, explains the procedure of making ceramic bells. [Photo: Claudia Lange & text: sa] Agriculture Manager Adam Nordfors gives a tour of the gardens, while agriculture volunteer Hiroshi Kondo translates into Japanese. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] Paolo Soleri answers some of the students questions.A second group of students from the College of Civil Engineering in Osaka, Japan, will arrive on September 14th for a 10-day visit. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa]last_img read more

Susan Allen to Lead Experians Mortgage Product Strategy

first_img Susan Allen has been appointed as Head of Product for Experian Mortgage, the company announced recently. With more than 25 years’ experience as a risk management and product leader, Allen will be responsible for product strategy and execution of Experian’s suite of solutions for the mortgage industry.Allen, a recognized industry expert on mortgage data and analytics, property valuation, and risk management, is a patented inventor who has launched award-winning risk and analytics solutions.“At Experian, we want to support a modern mortgage experience through data, analytics and empowered consumers,” said Michele Bodda, General Manager Experian Mortgage. “We’re improving the current experience by reducing the time from mortgage application to close, mitigating fraud, and digitizing processes. I’m confident Susan’s leadership will be a tremendous asset to our team and our mission.”Allen has previously worked for CoreLogic, JPMorgan Chase, and General Motors Acceptance Corporation.California-based Experian Mortgage is a part of Experian PLC, a global information services company that helps individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, as well as lenders to lend more responsibly, and organizations to prevent identity fraud and crime. The company 17,200 people operating across 44 countries, and is investing in new technologies, talent, and innovation to help its clients maximize every opportunity. Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Share 21 hours ago 77 Views in Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Experian mortgage Product Risk Management 2019-08-01 Radhika Ojha Susan Allen to Lead Experian’s Mortgage Product Strategylast_img read more

New highdefinition satellite radar can detect bridges at risk of collapse from

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The Morandi Bridge before its collapse. New satellite radar imaging can show the movement of structures with millimetre accuracy. Credit: Remote Sensing Researchers from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Bath have developed a satellite-based early warning system that could spot tiny movements in bridges that indicate they could collapse. More information: Pietro Milillo et al, Pre-Collapse Space Geodetic Observations of Critical Infrastructure: The Morandi Bridge, Genoa, Italy, Remote Sensing (2019). DOI: 10.3390/rs11121403 Eyes in the sky: How satellites can monitor infrastructure health Provided by University of Bath Combining data from a new generation of satellites with a sophisticated algorithm, the monitoring system could be used by governments or developers to act as a warning system ensuring large-scale infrastructure projects are safe.The team of experts led by NASA’s JPL and engineers from Bath verified the technique by reviewing 15 years of satellite imagery of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, a section of which collapsed in August 2018, killing 43 people. The review, published in the journal Remote Sensing, showed that the bridge did show signs of warping in the months before the tragedy.Dr. Giorgia Giardina, Lecturer in the University’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, said: “The state of the bridge has been reported on before, but using the satellite information we can see for the first time the deformation that preceded the collapse.”We have proved that it is possible to use this tool, specifically the combination of different data from satellites, with a mathematical model, to detect the early signs of collapse or deformation.”While current structural monitoring techniques can detect signs of movement in a bridge or building, they focus only on specific points where sensors are placed. The new technique can be used for near-real time monitoring of an entire structure.Jet Propulsion Laboratory Lead author Dr. Pietro Milillo said: “The technique marks an improvement over traditional methods because it allows scientists to gauge changes in ground deformation across a single infrastructure with unprecedented frequency and accuracy.”This is about developing a new technique that can assist in the characterisation of the health of bridges and other infrastructure. We couldn’t have forecasted this particular collapse because standard assessment techniques available at the time couldn’t detect what we can see now. But going forward, this technique, combined with techniques already in use, has the potential to do a lot of good.”This is made possible by advances in satellite technology, specifically on the combined use of the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) COSMO-SkyMed constellation and the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Sentinel-1a and 1b satellites, which allows for more accurate data to be gathered. Precise Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, when gathered from multiple satellites pointed at different angles, can be used to build a 3-D picture of a building, bridge or city street.Dr. Giardina added: “Previously the satellites we tried to use for this research could create radar imagery accurate to within about a centimetre. Now we can use data that is accurate to within a millimetre—and possibly even better, if the conditions are right. The difference is like switching to an Ultra-HD TV—we now have the level of detail needed to monitor structures effectively.”There is clearly the potential for this to be applied continuously on large structures. The tools for this are cheap compared to traditional monitoring and can be more extensive. Normally you need to install sensors at specific points within a building, but this method can monitor many points at one time.”The technique can also be used to monitor movement of structures when underground excavations, such as tunnel boring, are taking place.”We monitored the displacement of buildings in London above the Crossrail route,” said Dr. Giardina. “During underground projects there is often a lot of data captured at the ground level, while fewer measurements of structures are available. Our technique could provide an extra layer of information and confirm whether everything is going to plan.”Dr. Giardina has already been approached by infrastructure organisations in the UK with a view to setting up monitoring of roads and rail networks. Citation: New high-definition satellite radar can detect bridges at risk of collapse from space (2019, July 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-high-definition-satellite-radar-bridges-collapse.htmllast_img read more