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Corps extends Permafrost Tunnel and Mission
An excavator, outfitted with a cutter head, is photographed in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Permafrost Tunnel near the intersection with the South Tunnel. Also in the photo are the ventilation bag and digging control lasers.
Leaders discuss glacier monitoring at Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Lab
Hanover, N.H. – Dr. Joe Corriveau, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Director discusses Light Detection and Ranging projects in the Arctic and subarctic with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Remote Sensing/GIS Center Director Dave Finnegan. Finnegan explained details of a specialized remote monitoring station designed, fabricated and tested at CRREL for use at Hubbard Glacier, Alaska. CRREL and the Corps of Engineers collaborates with the U.S. Forest Service and the state of Alaska to produce the system which provides near real-time monitoring of the glacier’s terminus position.
Cold Regions Lab tests survivability of ice stress on Arctic energy and communications pod
During testing at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, an ice sheet flexes with the pressure of the rams. Using several LiDAR scans over time, the ice deformation is measured from the relative motion of the reflectors placed on the ice sheet.
Research to enhance mechanical recovery of oil in Arctic conditions
Researchers test steam heat to increase the efficiency rate of oil recovery under an ice sheet at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Hanover, New Hampshire, site. The oil, which has been inserted into the pool below the ice sheet, is recovered by saturating the fibers. Cycling the fibers through steam heat rejuvenates them. This process allows for better saturation and recovery rates.
Arctic transporter finds new home at Cold Regions Lab
HANOVER, N.H. (April 24, 2018)--A Small Unit Support Vehicle used by the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory to support polar research in the 1980's and 1990's became a historical display adjacent to CRREL's main entrance. Led by Terrence Winschel, Engineer Research and Development Center historian, and CRREL's Engineering Resources Branch, the vehicle display project is a joint effort that also involved CRREL's Directorate of Public Works. CRREL incorporated the SUSV into its winter logistical-operations fleet to help evaluate its shallow snow mobility model and low-speed drag plow designs, for which three patents were awarded. The SUSV was also used to support field operations for several CRREL environmental projects on U.S. military bases in Alaska.
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CRREL maintains a satellite office in Fairbanks, and other assets in Anchorage. ERB manages facilities and assets, and supports CRREL engineers working on permafrost, remote sensing, environmental engineering, and a range of other topics.

Need a LiDAR to work on a Greenland ice sheet and send data back in real time, year-round, and survive –40°C and 100 mph winds?  We built a custom solution for that, and can do much more for you. (LiDAR - Light Detection and Ranging)

We work with Federal and non-Federal partners to test and evaluate equipment and scaled size infrastructure in simulated extreme environments using large cold facilities. We also combine winter field observations with numerical modeling and scaled physical modeling to develop realistic solutions to infrastructure problems.

We combat the damaging effects of frost heaving and thaw settlement, and develop novel pavements and materials for military engineering, combat construction, and civil works infrastructure applications for the Army, Air Force, and regional Department of Transportation organizations.