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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center
Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199

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GSL creates innovative solutions to support the Nation's security, defense, public safety, and infrastructure.

The Airfields and Pavements Branch (APB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, delivers new and improved methods for the design, construction, evaluation, rehabilitation and maintenance of structural systems for pavements and other transportation facilities. APB is the Tri-Service (Army, Navy and Air Force) lead for airfields and pavements R&D.
The Concrete and Materials Branch (CMB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, serves as the single point of expertise for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in concrete and materials-related research, materials testing and in-depth materials analysis.
The Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences Branch (GEGB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, executes research and development efforts to include testing, evaluation and investigation in the areas of water resource infrastructure, geotechnical engineering, seismic engineering, geology, geophysics, and soil and rock mechanics.
The Impact and Explosion Effects Branch (IEEB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, develops and demonstrates physically rational, application-oriented, analytical engineering and numerical models to predict airblast, fragmentation, projectile penetration, cratering and ejecta, ground shock and water shock environments produced by weapon impacts and detonations, and explosively-induced loads transmitted to structures by these events.
The Mobility Systems Branch (MSB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, focuses on research, experiments and evaluations to ensure U.S. military forces maintain ground mobility superiority in any environment.
The Structural Engineering Branch (StEB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, develops design and analysis procedures to help structures, above and below ground, resist static and dynamic loading, and to determine effects from explosives, conventional and nuclear weapons, earthquakes and other sources.
The Structural Mechanics Branch (SMB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, conducts basic and applied research, technology demonstrations and facilities assessments for the development and transition of technologies to protect the Warfighter and the Nation’s critical military and civil works infrastructure.
The Survivability Engineering Branch (SvEB), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, provides force protection engineering expertise for deployed forces, from foxholes to fixed facilities, against an array of threats ranging from sabotage, small arms, and terrorist attacks to advanced weapons equipped with multispectral targeting systems.