US Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Construction Engineering Research Laboratory celebrates 50th year
CERL researchers develop sustainable painting materials for Army infastructure.
At PTC, weathering racks expose painted metal samples to years of ambient environmental stresses.
The Department of Defense’s mission-critical steel-truss bridge at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is outfitted with a Structural Health Monitoring System.
Comprehensive approaches to plant management and conservation at Fort Bragg, N.C. help determine basic species biology, taxonomy, abundance, and distribution.
Former Chanute Air Force Base employees who took positions at CERL after the base closed gathered for a photo recently. (Back, l-r) Melissa Suits, Beverly Heiden, Judy Kopmann, Diane Brackemyre, Cathy Breeden, Diane Biggs and Rita Brooks. (Front, l-r) Kendra Little, Toni Gilman, John Mudrick, Sandy Bantz and Kathy Lee.
CERL research has led to the development of innovative fuel cell technology that produces heat and power on-site from various fuel sources with efficiency, reliability, security and low impact on the environment.



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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center
Construction Engineering Research Lab
P.O. Box 9005
2902 Newmark Dr.
Champaign, IL 61826-9005

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)

The Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment, and Transformation System (HABITATS) demonstrates a scalable capability to remove algae and nutrients from large bodies of water, and develop a resource recovery method that enables efficient management of the resulting biomass. The Blue-algae that has been concentrated from lake water using a dissolved air flotation process falls from the treatment unit into a collection tank. search > ERDC HABITATS | Contact: ERDCinfo@usace.army.mil
A barracks hut constructed with the Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures is a new construction technology that prints concrete structures. The printer reduces building materials shipped by half and construction manpower requirements by 62 percent when compared to expedient plywood construction in overseas military construction. This hut resides at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois.
The Triaxial Earthquake and Shock Simulator (TESS), an experimental three-dimensional "shake table," tests the ability of systems, facilities, and equipment to survive under realistic conditions of shock, vibration, and earthquake ground motion.


Water Recover Patent awarded to Construction Engineering Research Laboratory team
Creating an energy-efficient invention to recover clean water for Soldiers in austere environments proved worthy of US Patent 11,029,044, “High Volume Air Stream Water Recovery System,” awarded in...
Pavement repair assessment pioneer continues to help ensure smoother roads and runways
Pavement management personnel can now employ an index to rank repair priorities for both roads and runways, using a uniform system patented by an inspiring inventor from the U.S. Army Corps of...
ERDC researchers combine robotics, imagery technology to solve problems
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory’s Robotics for Engineer Operations (REO) team is combining efforts with the Information...