Florida International University
Transportation research is a major strategic area of the Engineering College at FIU. In the structural area, the Titan America Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory is one of the largest full-scale testing facilities in the State of Florida, with a total area of 6375 ft2 of floor space. The Titan America Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory will allow for full scale testing.
FIU’s Wall of Wind facility is the first of its kind in the nation. It can generate wind speeds up to 156 mph. FIU’s wind testing facility, the Wall of Wind (WoW), is a first-of-its-kind wind testing system designed to generate sustained wind speeds of up to 156 mph. FIU’s Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory (IITS) is one of very few ITS labs in the nation that have the capability to receive real-time video feeds from Traffic Management Centers (TMCs). FIU also houses a Driving Simulation Laboratory which includes a high-fidelity driving simulator that interfaces with an actual automobile, providing a realistic setting for conducting work zone safety and human factor research.
University of Nevada, Reno
UNR houses some of the most advanced facilities for structural/seismic testing in the country. The James E. Rogers and Louis Wiener Large-Scale Structures Laboratory is equipped with four shake tables. This lab received the 2007 Best Experimental Site Innovation Award from the NEES Consortium in recognition of its expertise and innovation in experimental simulation.
Iowa State University
At ISU, the Bridge Engineering Center (BEC) was established in 1986 with the mission to provide cost-effective bridge engineering solutions to bridge owners at the federal, state, and local levels. The BEC is housed within the Institute for Transportation (InTrans). ISU is also home to two world-class structural engineering research laboratories. The BEC manages several million dollars of bridge research per year. The BEC employs 4 full-time staff, several part-time staff, and 7 ISU faculties who manage and perform bridge related research projects along with approximately 15-20 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students. It is noteworthy that the BEC has field tested over 300 bridges in the past 15 years in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.