Welcome to the 2023 CUTC Summer Meeting
Florida International University, Ernest R. Graham Center Ballrooms, MMC
11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199
Miami, Florida, June 20-22, 2023
FIU and the ABC-UTC are serving a diverse student population in a city with a diverse set of transportation-related challenges. FIU has realized the needs in the infrastructure area and the capabilities of FIU researchers and created two preeminent programs in infrastructure and wind engineering (among only five total preeminent programs across the entire university). Considering our state-of-the art research facilities and the diversity offered by FIU and the city of Miami, FIU and the ABC-UTC are an excellent choice to host the 2023 Summer CUTC Meeting.
The ABC-UTC is led by Dr. Atorod Azizinamini, who is the Vasant H. Surti Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of Infrastructure Research & Innovation; Director, Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC); Director, Preeminent Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure (InteRaCt) and the 2015 White House Champion of Change: Transportation Innovator.
Florida International University, Ernest R. Graham Center Ballrooms, MMC Campus
Technical Tour I: NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility at FIU
The NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility (EF) at Florida International University (FIU) was funded by NSF to be a national facility that enables researchers to better understand wind effects on civil infrastructure systems and to prevent wind hazards from becoming community disasters.
Address: NHERI Wall of Wind, 10555 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33172
The NHERI WOW EF is powered by a combined 12-fan system capable of repeatable testing in up to 157 mph wind speeds through its flow management system. The unique advantage of the NHERI WOW EF is multi-scale (full-scale to 1:400) and high Reynolds number simulation of the effects of wind and wind-driven rain. This is accomplished using the twelve fans and a water spray system. In addition, the 16,000 sqft. fenced-off secure area enables researchers to plan and perform destructive tests for up to Category 5 Hurricane wind speeds. The NHERI WOW EF uses a wide range of equipment, instrumentation, and experimental simulation protocols, as well as a distinguished group of faculty, staff, and a well-trained team comprised of technical and operations personnel that allow for the delivery of world-class research.
Technical Tour II: The National Hurricane Center
Address: The National Hurricane Center, 11691 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33165
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at FIU in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards.
*The availability of the National Hurricane Center Tour will be dependent on the 2023 hurricane season. If there should be an active storm, the tour will be cancelled as a security requirement.
BRIDGES OF BAYSIDE TOUR:
|Tuesday, June 20|
|1:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Technical Tours|
|5:00 PM – 7:00 PM||Dinner on your own|
|5:00 PM – 7:00 PM||CUTC Executive Committee Meeting|
|7:00 PM – 9:00 PM||Opening Reception|
|9:00 PM – 10:00 PM||RETRC Meeting|
|Wednesday, June 21|
|7:30 AM – 8:30 AM||Breakfast|
|8:30 AM – 9:00 AM||Welcome|
|9:00 AM – 11:45 AM||USDOT Director’s Meeting|
|11:45 AM – 1:00 PM||Lunch|
|1:00 PM – 2:30 PM||CUTC Summer Business Meeting|
|2:40 PM – 3:45 PM||CUTC Transportation Research Centers Operations and Management Professionals Exchange (former Admin Group) Part 1|
|3:45 PM – 10:10 PM||Bridges of Bayside Tour (Subject to weather conditions) and Banquet Dinner|
|Thursday, June 22|
|7:30 AM – 8:30 AM||Breakfast|
|8:30 AM – 10:30 AM||Technical Sessions|
|10:45 AM – 11:30 AM||USDOT Sessions (session geared towards new centers)|
|11:30 AM – 1:00 PM||Technical Sessions Continued|
|1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Lunch|
|2:00 PM – 4:30 PM||CUTC Transportation Research Centers Operations and Management Professionals Exchange (former Admin Group) Part 2|
Footnote 1: Please use these times for planning purposes, exact times are subject to change once the agenda is finalized.
Footnote 2: All meetings require a short 15-minute chartered bus ride, parking instructions will be provided for those driving themselves. Shuttles back and forth to the hotel and meeting venue will occur at the beginning and end of the days’ program only.
Footnote 3: The Wednesday night tour and dinner will require a 1-hr chartered bus ride to downtown Miami.
All guest tickets include R/T transportation from the main conference hotel to destination.
|DESCRIPTION||EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
|JUNE 20||JUNE 21||JUNE 22|
|DINNER (CUTC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE)||AM COFFEE & SNACK BREAK||AM COFFEE & SNACK BREAK|
|PM COFFEE BREAK||PM COFFEE BREAK|
|BRIDGES OF BAYSIDE TOUR
-Subject to weather conditions
A block of rooms have been reserved at Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall (adjoined to Homewood Suites Dolphin Mall) for the rate of $129.00 per night before taxes and fees and will be available until June 1, 2023.
-Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall – 1695 NW 111th Ave Suite A, Sweetwater, FL 33172