Dr Ana Evangelista

Ana is a Civil Engineer with 20 years of work experience as an academic. She started her career coordinating and teaching units at the School of Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Additionally, she managed the Construction Materials Laboratory, providing external consultancy to the Construction Engineering sector.

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Engineering Surveying: Civil Engineering 

May 3, 2024 3:10 pm
The Engineering Institute of Technology’s (EIT) Civil Engineering Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Dr. Ana Evangelista explains the concept and practical applications of engineering surveying. She outlines its role in various fields, including construction, environmental assessment, and infrastructure development.   Dr. Evangelista recently led an engineering surveying demonstration for on-campus students...Read More
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Machine learning decision-making tools – eco friendly materials

February 16, 2024 2:15 pm
Recycled concrete has emerged as a sustainable alternative to traditional construction materials due to its reduced environmental impact and cost-effectiveness. The physical and mechanical properties of recycled concrete, however, can vary significantly, making it challenging to ensure consistent quality. Machine learning (ML) techniques have been increasingly applied to predict and...Read More
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Assessment of concrete and cementitious materials

February 16, 2024 2:03 pm
Concrete and cementitious materials are widely used in construction due to their durability, strength, and ability to withstand various environmental conditions. The assessment of these materials is crucial to ensure their quality, performance, and long service life. Cementitious materials, such as Portland cement, silica fume, fly ash, and slag, are...Read More
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Evaluation of Civil Engineering students’ performance comparing online versus on-campus delivery mode

May 22, 2023 11:37 am
Over the last decade, the educational sector worldwide has been steadily embracing the digital technology revolution by integrating industry 4.0 and web 3.0/4.0/5.0 concepts. Many higher education institutions are leveraging this opportunity offered by the advancements in digital technology and are strongly investing in e-Learning systems offering flexible and blended...Read More
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Comparative Response Spectrum Analysis on 15- and 50-Story Reinforced Concrete Buildings Having Shear Walls with and without Openings as per EN1998-1 Seismic Code

May 16, 2023 1:58 pm
Medium-rise reinforced concrete (RC) framed apartment complexes with stories ranging from 15 to 50 are becoming more common in Ethiopia’s main cities. In these RC-framed structures, shear walls are included for lateral load resistance. As apertures are frequently provided in shear walls, it is critical to evaluate their influence on...Read More
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Industrial and agro-waste materials for use in recycled concrete

January 27, 2023 2:27 pm
The rapid urbanization around the world has created shortfall of conventional building construction materials and put a lot of stress on the natural resources, which are getting scarce. Also the disposal of industrial, agro and other solid waste is another serious issue of concern in developing countries. To minimize the cost...Read More
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High-Speed Railway Bridge and Pile Foundation: A Review

November 11, 2022 9:57 am
High-speed railway is trending in developing countries for economic reasons, mobility in the aftermath of COVID-19, and environmental concerns. The high-speed railway operators continuously improve the operational speed to transport more passengers in less time. However, increasing the train loads at high speed might increase the dynamic loads of bridges...Read More
Concrete building

The Growth of Sustainable Concrete

September 12, 2022 3:17 pm
Sustainable technologies in civil engineering, including green or sustainable concrete, become even more important now when population growth, continuous industrial development, and construction of infrastructure create huge amounts of construction and demolition (C&D) waste. Additionally, fossil fuels are no longer the cornerstone of the built environment, as bio-based composite building...Read More
Dr Akhlaqur Rahman

A glance at engineering skill gaps, and how to address them

August 1, 2022 10:09 pm
Looking at the year ahead, we approached EIT lecturers, esteemed academics and industry professionals, to share their wisdom and identify potential engineering skill gaps which could be faced in 2023. We posed the following three questions to each of our experts: What are some skill gaps engineers could possibly face...Read More

Engineering Institute of Technology’s women in engineering

March 10, 2022 6:55 pm
There’s been a continuing influx of women studying in the field of engineering and ultimately joining the workforce and contributing to academia. There have been numerous discussions about closing the gender gap and weeding out discrimination, and sure there’s been tremendous progress made, however, the pursuit is far from complete....Read More
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Experimental Study on Truss-Column Pinned Connections in Large-Span Steel Structures

February 28, 2022 11:35 am
A pin-connected joint, which was intended to accommodate a certain in-plane rotation and resist the shear forces, was introduced in this paper. Pinned-connections were applied on Truss-Column joints to support the heavy-loaded floors and roofs in a long-span steel structure. The Pinned-connection was designed in accordance with European code, and...Read More
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A prediction model for compressive strength of CO2 concrete using regression analysis and artificial neural networks

February 5, 2022 12:05 pm
Concrete is a very effective material for the construction of buildings and infrastructure around the world. Unfortunately, typical concrete is a large contributor to CO2 emissions and consumption of natural reserves. CO2 Concrete allows the mitigation of these downfalls by carbonating recycled aggregate, reducing CO2 emissions, reusing crushed masonry materials...Read More
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An Overview of Freeze and Thaw Cycles Affecting the Durability of Recycled Aggregate Concrete

October 12, 2021 2:34 pm
Exposure to severe temperatures is one of the critical effects on concrete damage. Additionally, the aggregate porosity (pores in the range of 0.1–0.5 μm) is the characteristic that influences freeze–thaw resistance due to the pore saturation resulting in the concrete deterioration. Freeze and thaw is a durability property which is the...Read More
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Deformation and permeability of recycled aggregate concrete – A comprehensive review

October 9, 2021 9:47 am
Properties of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) were found to be dependent on the source, its composition and consistent quality of demolished concrete waste. Many studies have shown that using recycled aggregate (RA) in concrete suffers from strength and durability problems caused mainly due to relatively porous residual mortar adhered on the surface...Read More

World Teachers’ Day: Why These EIT Lecturers Love Teaching

October 4, 2021 4:20 pm
October 5th marks World Teachers Day', an opportunity to celebrate and thank teachers for their important role in our communities and for the positive impact they have on the lives of students. Teachers are so much more than meets the eye. In fact, students seldom take into consideration that outside...Read More
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Modelling the work-as-done in the building maintenance using a layered FRAM: A case study on HVAC maintenance

September 3, 2021 2:43 pm
Maintenance of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems has become one of the most relevant maintenance operations in public buildings. The intense interaction among human agents and equipment, aligned with information's distributed nature, exposes the maintenance workers to significant and complex risks during their routines. Prescribed procedures frequently differ from...Read More
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The success of e-Learning implementation for engineering courses: Case study – EIT

July 2, 2021 11:54 am
Globally, the ease of internet access has had a positive effect on the education sector. Many higher education institutions are leveraging this opportunity and are strongly investing in e-Learning systems offering courses in various disciplines. Engineering courses are challenging on their own, but to teach and engage e-learners' in first...Read More
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Implementation of Industry Inputs in Higher Education Courses

July 2, 2021 11:00 am
Higher education courses must be continuously updated to catch up with the ever-changing industrial advancements. An up-to-date course benefits all parties of interest including students, employers and the education institution. This paper discusses the process of identifying industry expectations from graduates and implementing industry inputs based on two engineering courses...Read More
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Evaluation of Remote or Virtual Laboratories in E-Learning Engineering Courses

June 18, 2021 9:09 am
The learning environment has shifted from the traditional synchronous classroom-based mode to synchronous and asynchronous online mode. However, critical aspects of engineering courses where theories meet applications, such as in the form of practical or laboratory work, are challenging to be conducted effectively online. The rise of industry 4.0 has...Read More
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Quality improvement of recycled concrete aggregate by removal of residual mortar: A comprehensive review of approaches adopted

April 3, 2021 1:33 pm
With the goal of achieving sustainable development, numerous research studies have been conducted aimed at reducing construction and demolition waste for improving sustainability and environment and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.  Recycled concrete aggregate due to its residual adhered mortar has low specific gravity and high water absorption. Both of these impediments contribute in the increase...Read More
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A regression-based framework to examine thermal loads of buildings

February 2, 2021 2:49 pm
Building facades play an important role in thermal loads, which act as an isolation barrier to ensure thermal comfort to the occupants. Depending on the properties of the building material adopted, each component of a building facade may lose or gain heat, contributing to the building’s thermal load. There is...Read More
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An automated thesis supervisor allocation process using machine learning

January 23, 2021 2:40 pm
The higher education sector has been growing at a significant rate demanding a variety of skills and knowledge from both sides: instructors and learners. Thesis supervision is one of the main challenges as this activity combines research and teaching practices. To ensure the success of a student’s thesis project, it...Read More
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Performance of recycled aggregate concrete filled steel tubular (RACFST) stub columns with expansive agent

January 21, 2021 1:40 pm
This paper investigates the effects of the expansive agent on recycled aggregate concrete filled steel tubular (RACFST) stub columns under axial compression. The main experimental parameters include an expansive agent ratio and recycled aggregate replacement ratio. In the current experimental study, owing to the enhanced confinement, the RACFST columns with...Read More
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Evaluation of 4D BIM tools applicability in construction planning efficiency

November 3, 2020 3:10 pm
Worldwide the construction industry presents a significant demand for new technologies ensuring certainty, cost-effectiveness and time efficiency. Modern construction relies on digital resources, and one of the most prominent novelties is Building Information Modelling (BIM). Construction planning effectiveness is based on clear communication and integration between project planners and other...Read More
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Properties of high-strength lightweight concrete using manufactured aggregate

July 14, 2020 1:46 pm
The physical and mechanical properties of high-strength lightweight concrete were investigated considering various parameters including mixture design proportions, dosages and types of superplasticiser and silica fume and cement content aiming at a design strength of 45 MPa. The experimental results of density, tensile strength, modulus of elasticity and efficiency factor (ratio...Read More
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Recycled ceramic fine aggregate for masonry mortar production

September 6, 2019 3:02 pm
Construction and demolition waste is composed of fragments of ceramic tiles, steel, wood, plaster, glass, concrete and mortar. Reduction and reuse of this waste can minimise the consumption of natural resources and energy in the construction industry. In addition, high population growth followed by a large housing deficit in many...Read More
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A framework to estimate heat energy loss in building operation

July 9, 2019 3:15 pm
Heat energy loss in buildings occurs by two means, namely Fabric Heat Loss and Ventilation Heat Loss. Loss occurs when energy flows out through building envelope from inner warmer air to cooler air located external to the building. The purpose of this study is to identify and estimate the proportion of Heat...Read More
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Evaluation of Carbon Nanotube Incorporation in Cementitious Composite Materials

May 8, 2019 3:24 pm
Over the last decades, new materials with outstanding performance have been introduced in the construction industry. Considering these new technologies, it is worth mentioning that nanotechnology has revolutionized various areas of engineering. In the area of civil engineering and construction, cement is used for various purposes and the search to...Read More
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Integrating Parametric Analysis with Building Information Modeling to Improve Energy Performance of Construction Projects

April 22, 2019 3:20 pm
Buildings demand a significant amount of energy during their life cycles, hence, effective design measures need to be adopted to ensure efficient energy usage and management in buildings. This study proposes a framework based on various performance parameters to enable decision-makers utilizing standard procedures and software to empower the process...Read More
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Effect of fly ash and slag on concrete: Properties and emission analyses

April 2, 2019 3:29 pm
Recycled concrete is a material with the potential to create a sustainable construction industry. However, recycled concrete presents heterogeneous properties, thereby reducing its applications for some structural purposes and enhancing its application in pavements. This paper provides an insight into a solution in the deformation control for recycled concrete by...Read More
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A review of recycled aggregate in concrete applications (2000–2017)

April 3, 2018 3:10 pm
Solid waste has been an inevitable by-product of the operations of industrialised societies. One result of economic growth is an increase in generation of solid waste which normally was dumped in landfills and caused contamination of soil, water and air from toxic substances such as polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCB’s), asbestos, construction...Read More