TIET Newsletter
Mar 2016
In this Issue
  • The Skyscrapers of the Future Will Be Made of Wood
  • Toyota Develops Wearable Device For Blind People
  • Going Green with Blue Roofs
  • TIET Updates

Creating an effective system of education is extremely important for the development of a nation. One of the major parts of this objective is achieved through the efforts of teachers, who have huge responsibility of transforming buddying kids to responsible, skilled, educated citizens. A skilled, experienced teacher can create appropriate challenges for students, constantly suggest ideas and connections to follow, make best decisions for students, guide them how to work collaboratively and to communicate effectively using evidence and logic, while sorting, analyzing, and critiquing information.

The efforts, thus, must begin to empower teachers and to develop merit-based system for selecting best teachers, define specific roles for them, devise strategies to attract and retain best teachers so that best efforts are made to develop good education system and produce young talents that a nation needs for its growth.

The Skyscrapers of the Future Will Be Made of Wood
A new skyscraper, standing 29.25 meters high (effectively eight stories) is acclaimed as the tallest modern timber building in North America, designed by Vancouver-based architect Michael Green.

The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm. Berg | C.F. mØller Architects

Green says at a conference, “We grow trees in British Columbia that are 35 stories tall, so why do our building codes restrict timber buildings to only five stories?” With the advent of new technology in manufacturing and development of wood products, architects and engineers have started thinking of the huge opportunities the timber can provide in the construction of skyscrapers.

The Stadthaus in Hackney, London is a nine-story residential building comprising 29 apartments, designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects and Techniker engineers, and constructed entirely from cross-laminated solid wood panels.

Though the idea of using timber for taller buildings is at initial stage, still a new project of 34-story block in Stockholm's Västerbro district to be completed in 2023 will push the boundaries of timber construction to new limits. No doubt the future of timber construction is likely to see the light of day but more research and development work is still needed on connection design and other issues.

Toyota Develops Wearable Device For Blind People
Toyota is developing a wearable device to help give blind and visually impaired people greater mobility. The gadget is worn on the shoulders and uses cameras to recognise surroundings, such as signs, then directs the wearer with speakers and vibration motors. The device has been produced by developers working on Project Blaid. They said they were working on plans to introduce mapping, object identification and facial recognition technologies as well.
This is a very exciting development within the rapidly growing field of wearable assistive technology. Mobility is at the heart of so much in our society and a device like Blaid could open up limitless possibilities for millions of blind and partially sighted people. Project Blaid is one example of how Toyota is leading the way to the future of mobility, when getting around will be about more than just cars," said Toyota executive Simon Nagata. “We want to extend the freedom of mobility for all, no matter their circumstance, location or ability." The firm said that, as part of the project - which is not linked to the manufacture of cars for which it is better known - it was asking employees to submit videos of common indoor landmarks that developers could use to teach the device to recognise them.

Going Green with Blue Roofs
Our contemporary world is growing into a concrete forest where skyscraper buildings, developing industries and speedy transports are damaging the environment. In this scenario, 'green roofs' and 'blue roofs' are new and better concepts to improve our cities and environment. Planting gardens atop skyscrapers is called 'green roofs' which benefits cities environmentally. And now-a-days, a new concept, 'blue roofs', is gaining popularity. Moreover, blue roofs help our urban watersheds by rethinking rainfall for betterment of our environment.

The main function of blue roofs is catch the rain and temporarily store the water before it reaches the sewer systems. As a result, we get time and space to either filter this water through an artificially constructed wetland or use this water for irrigating the surrounding landscape. In this way, we can save a huge amount of untreated water which would otherwise flow down into gutters, drains, rivers and sea.

Blue roofs can provide water purification, flood protection and habitat as a potential solution for environment. Rain is collected, stored, filtered and used later through a series of living detention systems which reduce the burden on our aging sewer system even during heavy storms and wet seasons. These roofs can be installed on homes, garages and most of commercial and industrial structures. Installing blue roofs is less expensive than installing green roofs. But, whether green or blue infrastructure, practices are on right track to tackle urban issues with these natural systems.

  • TIET conducted a workshop on Revit BIM for civil engineering students and Inventor workshop for mechanical engineering students at KIIT, Gurgaon.

  • TIET conducted a workshop on AutoCAD for the students of architecture engineering at GD Goenka University.

  • TIET conducted workshops on Revit BIM, STAAD Pro, and Inventor at World Institute of Technology [WIT], Sohna.

Textbook Overview
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New Releases
CADCIM announces the release of Exploring AutoCAD Raster Design 2016; Exploring Oracle Primavera P6 v7.0; AutoCAD LT 2016 for Designers, 11th Edition; SOLIDWORKS 2016: A Tutorial Approach; Adobe Flash Professional CC 2015: A Tutorial Approach; Pixologic ZBrush 4R7: A Comprehensive Guide; MAXON CINEMA 4D R17 Studio: A Tutorial Approach, 4th Edition... More

Upcoming Textbooks
Our team of authors is currently working on the new and latest releases of various software packages and will soon come up with  Learning SOLIDWORKS 2016: A Project Based Approach; NX Nastran 9.0 for Designers; Exploring ETabs 2016; AutoCAD 2017: A Problem-Solving Approach, Basic and Intermediate, 23rd Edition; AutoCAD 2017: A Problem Solving Approach, 3D and Advanced, 23rd Edition; Autodesk Inventor 2017 for Designers, 17th Edition; Exploring Autodesk Revit Structure 2017, 7th Edition ... More

***The news items contained in this newsletter have been compiled from various publications and restructured to make our readers familiar with emerging technologies. TIET does not claim any copy right of these items.

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