Energy Research Needs and the Civil Engineer

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 10, Pg. 58-62

Document Type: Feature article


In June 1979 a National Science Foundation—ASCE workshop was convened to prepare a report suggesting top-priority research needs in civil engineering for the 1980s. The field was split into 10 subgroups, one of which was energy; that subgroup's report is the subject of this article. Among top Energy Research Needs identified: improving dialog with the public on the nation's multi-faceted energy situation; in designing big and complex energy facilities, improving forecasts of reliability, risk and life-cycle costs; improving conservation of energy; improving methods of energy resource excavation, extraction, and area rehabilitation; managing solid residuals from fossil fuel facilities; reducing water requirements for energy facilities in water-short areas; minimizing impact of energy projects on agriculture in water-short areas; developing biomass energy resources. The statement of Energy Research Needs resulted from an exacting process of selecting people to make input, reconciling differing views, etc.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Public buildings | Water conservation | Water use | Public health and safety | Building design | Sustainable development | Forecasting

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