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  • April

    Infrastructure Innovation: New Poe Lock arrestor arm is the largest U.S. civil works component produced by 3D printer

    As America’s civil works infrastructure ages, managers need innovative solutions to replace parts that have been in service for nearly a century. Often, these original components were fabricated using vintage material and manufacturing methods, making them costly, burdensome and time-consuming to replace. Responding to this need, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is employing cutting-edge 3D-printing techniques to manufacture these parts faster and at a lower cost while maintaining, and even improving, their properties.
  • February

    ERDC experts lead railroad repair training at Fort Johnson

    FORT JOHNSON, La.—Making railroads safer was the focus of a recent training led by experts from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL).
  • January

    Techniques developed to advance concrete construction in frigid environments

    U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) researchers have developed Additive Regulated Concrete for Thermally Extreme Conditions – or ARCTEC – to enable the use of commonly available concrete additives as alternative freeze-protection in cold conditions. ARCTEC builds upon pioneering work performed at ERDC over the last several decades, with the goal of improving the user-friendliness, economy and utility of the technology.
  • Researchers develop tools to forecast risk of potential infrastructure failure

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operates and maintains approximately 740 dams and associated structures that provide significant, multiple benefits to the nation. In order to effectively operate and maintain those dams, USACE applies risk-informed decision making to evaluate, prioritize and justify dam safety decisions. Using risk information allows the organization to repair its dams in the most effective manner within a constrained budget.
  • ERDC leads advances in sustainable materials for military construction

    Climate change is a major priority for the Biden administration, which has set a goal to reach net zero emissions by no later than 2050. As the Army works to meet these goals and accomplish the objectives set in its own Climate Strategy, it has begun to focus more attention on one of its biggest emissions drivers: construction activities related to its vast inventory of buildings.
  • December

    The capabilities of ERDC’s Advanced Blast Load Simulator Facility

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has a lead role in the study of blast effects, and a newly upgraded facility allows for even more innovative research to better protect structures, facilities and most importantly, people.
  • July

    New ERDC patent expands protective buildings

    As an inventor at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), research civil engineer Justin Roberts has received seven patents, five of which are additions and improvements of the Hardened Alternative Trailer System (HATS) and Methods of Producing Same.
  • May

    Engineering Solutions through Advanced Materials

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is conducting innovative research on advanced materials and manufacturing technologies that will play a vital role in both civilian and military applications.
  • January

    ERDC Releases New Data Sheet for Identifying Ordinary High Watermarks

    For 10 years, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) has  led research on the development of a national manual and data sheet to identify the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) across the United States. The national manual was released as an interim draft and describes the OHWM, which is used to define the boundaries of aquatic features for a variety of federal, state and local regulatory purposes.
  • November

    Predicting future runway alignment earns patent for Mobile’s Lee

    While the convenience of Global Positioning System (GPS) can assist drivers to desired locations, pilots can also depend on it to locate runways that have been renamed as the result of shifting magnetic fields, thus assuring passengers’ safety.
  • September

    ERDC research engineer awarded SEED grant

    A researcher from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) has been awarded funds through the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholar Seed Grant (SEED) Program.
  • August

    Tingle Selected as Top Innovator and Influencer for 2022

    The Resilient Roads Roundtable selected Jeb S. Tingle, senior scientific technical manager, in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory as a Top Innovator and Influencer for 2022.
  • July

    ERDC researchers test designs for lock improvements along the Upper Ohio River

    Researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Pittsburgh District for a study focused on replacing auxiliary locks at three sites along the Upper Ohio River — Montgomery Lock, Emsworth Lock and Dashields Lock.
  • June

    ERDC-Vicksburg infrastructure enhancements will soon be complete

    Construction will soon be complete on the latest infrastructure enhancements to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) main campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • Unique ERDC facility allows researchers the opportunity for large-scale structural testing

    There are many ways to test the load-bearing capability of structures, and fortunately, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has a unique facility to accomplish this task.
  • ERDC establishes new center focused on public health and infrastructure research

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL) is establishing an Engineering for Public Health and Human Factors (EPH) Center. The new center’s focus will be developing engineering and public health research and data analytics before, during and after crisis events for all manner of activities and applications, anywhere in the world.
  • May

    ERDC researchers assist in validating new South Korean concrete repair material

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) recently validated a concrete repair product manufactured in South Korea as part of the U.S. Office of Under Secretary of Defense’s Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program.
  • ERDC scientist and Vicksburg native tapped to lead new American Concrete Institute council

    Brian Green, senior research geologist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), was recently selected by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) to lead its newly established Concrete Innovation Council as part of its ACI Foundation.
  • Sen. Hyde-Smith joins ERDC leaders to dedicate heavy vehicle simulator

    Today, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith joined leaders from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to officially dedicate the world’s largest heavy vehicle simulator (HVS) at the ERDC’s Vicksburg, Mississippi, headquarters.
  • March

    ERDC begins testing with world’s largest heavy vehicle simulator

    The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) completed assembly on the world’s largest heavy vehicle simulator (HVS), the “Titan,” at the end of January. The HVS is a critical research tool used to evaluate new materials, design methods and construction techniques that can help optimize new infrastructure facilities.