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Statistical Models Of I-15 Bridge C-846: Changes In Natural Frequencies Due To Temperature, Gilbert Nichols 2017 Utah State University

Statistical Models Of I-15 Bridge C-846: Changes In Natural Frequencies Due To Temperature, Gilbert Nichols

All Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Structural Health monitoring is to determine the condition of a bridge based on instrument measurements. The C-846 Bridge in Salt Lake City has such instrumentation. The bridge is located in Salt Lake City at about 2100 South and Interstate 15. This bridge has two kinds of instruments on it: accelerometers and thermocouples. The accelerometers measure the vibrations of the bridge. The accelerometers have been recording data on the bridge since 2001. The thermocouples, which measure temperature, were added as part of this thesis in April 2016.

In light of recent research, damage may be detected from measuring the change in ...


Purdue Ect Report - Fourth Quarter 2016, Purdue ECT Team 2017 Construction Engineering & Management, Purdue University

Purdue Ect Report - Fourth Quarter 2016, Purdue Ect Team

ECT Fact Sheets

Fourth Quarter 2016

This is a quarterly report from the Purdue ECT.


Contractual Approaches To Address Geotechnical Uncertainty In Design-Build Public Transportation Projects, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Douglas D. Gransberg, Michael C. Loulakis 2017 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Contractual Approaches To Address Geotechnical Uncertainty In Design-Build Public Transportation Projects, Carla Lopez Del Puerto, Douglas D. Gransberg, Michael C. Loulakis

Douglas D. Gransberg

Geotechnical uncertainty may be the most difficult risk to manage in construction. In design-build (DB), where the project’s price is fixed before design and in many cases the subsurface investigation is complete, the risk profile is fundamentally changed and the owner must address it. This paper assesses the potential of DB as a tool for addressing geotechnical uncertainty in public transportation projects by comparatively evaluating three successful approaches. The first case study involves the use of a geotechnical baseline report as a subsurface condition risk allocation tool. The second uses unit price pay items inside the larger lump sum ...


Iowa Pavement Asset Management Decision-Making Framework, Ahmed Abdelaty, H. David Jeong, Omar G. Smadi, Douglas D. Gransberg 2017 Iowa State University

Iowa Pavement Asset Management Decision-Making Framework, Ahmed Abdelaty, H. David Jeong, Omar G. Smadi, Douglas D. Gransberg

Douglas D. Gransberg

Most local agencies in Iowa currently make their pavement treatment decisions based on their limited experience due primarily to lack of a systematic decision-making framework and a decision-aid tool. The lack of objective condition assessment data of agency pavements also contributes to this problem. This study developed a systematic pavement treatment selection framework for local agencies to assist them in selecting the most appropriate treatment and to help justify their maintenance and rehabilitation decisions. The framework is based on an extensive literature review of the various pavement treatment techniques in terms of their technical applicability and limitations, meaningful practices of ...


Iowa Pavement Asset Management Decision-Making Framework, Ahmed Abdelaty, H. David Jeong, Omar G. Smadi, Douglas D. Gransberg 2017 Iowa State University

Iowa Pavement Asset Management Decision-Making Framework, Ahmed Abdelaty, H. David Jeong, Omar G. Smadi, Douglas D. Gransberg

Douglas D. Gransberg

Most local agencies in Iowa currently make their pavement treatment decisions based on their limited experience due primarily to lack of a systematic decision-making framework and a decision-aid tool. The lack of objective condition assessment data of agency pavements also contributes to this problem. This study developed a systematic pavement treatment selection framework for local agencies to assist them in selecting the most appropriate treatment and to help justify their maintenance and rehabilitation decisions. The framework is based on an extensive literature review of the various pavement treatment techniques in terms of their technical applicability and limitations, meaningful practices of ...


Asset Management Program Enhancement Plan: Baseline Assessment Phases I And Ii, Douglas D. Gransberg, Susan L. Tighe, Maria Catalina Miller 2017 Iowa State University

Asset Management Program Enhancement Plan: Baseline Assessment Phases I And Ii, Douglas D. Gransberg, Susan L. Tighe, Maria Catalina Miller

Douglas D. Gransberg

This project resulted in the development of a framework for making asset management decisions on low-volume bridges. The research focused on low-volume bridges located in the agricultural counties of Iowa because recent research has shown that these counties have the greatest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation. Many of the same counties also have the highest crop yields in the state, creating a situation where detours caused by deficient bridges on farm-to-market roads increase the cost to transport the crops. Thus, the research proposed the use of social return on investment (SROI), a tool used by international institutions ...


Asset Management Program Enhancement Plan: Baseline Assessment Phases I And Ii, Douglas D. Gransberg, Susan L. Tighe, Maria Catalina Miller 2017 Iowa State University

Asset Management Program Enhancement Plan: Baseline Assessment Phases I And Ii, Douglas D. Gransberg, Susan L. Tighe, Maria Catalina Miller

Douglas D. Gransberg

This project resulted in the development of a framework for making asset management decisions on low-volume bridges. The research focused on low-volume bridges located in the agricultural counties of Iowa because recent research has shown that these counties have the greatest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation. Many of the same counties also have the highest crop yields in the state, creating a situation where detours caused by deficient bridges on farm-to-market roads increase the cost to transport the crops. Thus, the research proposed the use of social return on investment (SROI), a tool used by international institutions ...


A Framework For Objectively Determining Alternative Contracting Method Best Practices, Douglas D. Gransberg, Eric Scheepbouwer, Carla Lopez del Puerto 2017 Iowa State University

A Framework For Objectively Determining Alternative Contracting Method Best Practices, Douglas D. Gransberg, Eric Scheepbouwer, Carla Lopez Del Puerto

Douglas D. Gransberg

Alternative Contracting Methods (ACM) usage has grown to the point where the industry has sufficient experience to provide a definitive set of best practices to both promote consistency in the nation’s procurement system and to leverage the lessons learned by early ACM adopters. The barrier to achieving this goal is that there is no uniform agreement on the definition of what constitutes a best practice. This paper proposes both an objective definition and a framework for identifying and analyzing ACM practices that have been found to be effective by peer-reviewed research to determine if a given practice deserves to ...


Integrated Assessment Of Novel Two-Season Production Systems In Mato Grosso, Brazil, Marcelo Moraes, Affonso Libera, Evgeny Latynskiy, Anna Hampf, José Maria Silveira, Thomas Berger 2017 Universität Hohenheim

Integrated Assessment Of Novel Two-Season Production Systems In Mato Grosso, Brazil, Marcelo Moraes, Affonso Libera, Evgeny Latynskiy, Anna Hampf, José Maria Silveira, Thomas Berger

Marcelo Carauta

One of the most significant advantages of growing crops in Mato Grosso (in mid-western Brazil) is that farmers can grow two crops (in some specific cases even three) in the same season. From an economic point of view, on the one hand, this provides a strong comparative advantage. On the other hand, this increases the number of decision variables that a decision making agent has to take into account. The agricultural production planning is complex and dynamic and it needs to consider crop rotation/succession in accordance with annual variability of climatic conditions. We developed a region-specific bio-economic micro-simulation model ...


Bicp Global Bim Study - Lessons For Ireland’S Bim Programme, Barry McAuley, Alan Hore, Roger West 2017 Dublin Institute of Technology

Bicp Global Bim Study - Lessons For Ireland’S Bim Programme, Barry Mcauley, Alan Hore, Roger West

Reports

The Construction IT Alliance (CitA) has been promoting the benefits of digitisation in the construction and engineering industry in Ireland since its formation back in 2002. Whilst the Alliance has always strived to ensure that its members are exposed to a wide spectrum of contemporary digital tools and processes, the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has dominated the focus of its activities over the past five years.

BIM can be described as a digital tool that facilitates everybody to better understand a building or structure through the use of a digital model which draws on a range of data ...


Road Zipper™, Purdue ECT Team 2017 Construction Engineering & Management, Purdue University

Road Zipper™, Purdue Ect Team

ECT Fact Sheets

Construction work zones are growing in number around the world. The natural aging of existing roadway infrastructure ensures that more and more maintenance and rehabilitation will be required. Work zones, by their very definition, create two major problems that must be addressed in some way: safety and mobility. In the United States, highway work zones are responsible for almost 25% of all non-recurring congestion and 10% of overall congestion. Vehicle accidents are more common in work zones, and traffic congestion through work zones on urban arterials and freeways is often considered to be “unavoidable." To address these issues, ROAD ZIPPER ...


Contractual Approaches To Address Geotechnical Uncertainty In Design-Build Public Transportation Projects, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Douglas D. Gransberg, Michael C. Loulakis 2017 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Contractual Approaches To Address Geotechnical Uncertainty In Design-Build Public Transportation Projects, Carla Lopez Del Puerto, Douglas D. Gransberg, Michael C. Loulakis

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

Geotechnical uncertainty may be the most difficult risk to manage in construction. In design-build (DB), where the project’s price is fixed before design and in many cases the subsurface investigation is complete, the risk profile is fundamentally changed and the owner must address it. This paper assesses the potential of DB as a tool for addressing geotechnical uncertainty in public transportation projects by comparatively evaluating three successful approaches. The first case study involves the use of a geotechnical baseline report as a subsurface condition risk allocation tool. The second uses unit price pay items inside the larger lump sum ...


The Effect Of Additional Lane Length On Roundabout Delay, Samuel Hammond 2017 university of rhode island

The Effect Of Additional Lane Length On Roundabout Delay, Samuel Hammond

Samuel Hammond

Currently, there is no United States guideline on how the additional lane lengths affect roundabout operation. The purpose of this research is to provide an insight on how the use of an additional lane as an approach affects roundabouts. Hence, most transportation professionals refer to studies conducted overseas that do not necessarily translate directly to domestic roundabout design and operation. As interest continues to grow in the deployment of modern roundabouts in the United States, there is the need to provide effective information to professionals on roundabout design and its effect on operations. Because of this, the purpose of this ...


The Green Experiment: Cities, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, And Sustainability, Christopher M. Chini, James F. Canning, Kelsey L. Schreiber, Joshua M. Peschel, Ashlynn S. Stillwell 2017 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Green Experiment: Cities, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, And Sustainability, Christopher M. Chini, James F. Canning, Kelsey L. Schreiber, Joshua M. Peschel, Ashlynn S. Stillwell

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Green infrastructure is a unique combination of economic, social, and environmental goals and benefits that requires an adaptable framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating. In this study, we propose an experimental framework for policy, implementation, and subsequent evaluation of green stormwater infrastructure within the context of sociotechnical systems and urban experimentation. Sociotechnical systems describe the interaction of complex systems with quantitative and qualitative impacts. Urban experimentation—traditionally referencing climate change programs and their impacts—is a process of evaluating city programs as if in a laboratory setting with hypotheses and evaluated results. We combine these two concepts into a singular ...


Performance Of Aggregate Subgrade Layers In Low Volume Roads Constructed With Unconventional Recycled Aggregates, Hasan Kazmee, Erol Tutumluer, Debakanta Mishra 2017 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Performance Of Aggregate Subgrade Layers In Low Volume Roads Constructed With Unconventional Recycled Aggregates, Hasan Kazmee, Erol Tutumluer, Debakanta Mishra

Debakanta Mishra

With transportation sector accounting for approximately 27% of total greenhouse gas emissions, transportation agencies all over United States have made sincere efforts to reduce such carbon footprint by incorporating more recycled materials in design mixes. In Illinois, recycled materials commonly include large sized unconventional aggregates used to stabilize weak subgrade soils that are abundantly found in wet of optimum conditions and prone to frost effects. To facilitate increased use of such “aggregate subgrade” materials, IDOT has recently introduced new gradation bands. However, performance of such recycled aggregate subgrade materials within the bounds of current design framework is largely unknown. To ...


A Framework For Objectively Determining Alternative Contracting Method Best Practices, Douglas D. Gransberg, Eric Scheepbouwer, Carla Lopez del Puerto 2017 Iowa State University

A Framework For Objectively Determining Alternative Contracting Method Best Practices, Douglas D. Gransberg, Eric Scheepbouwer, Carla Lopez Del Puerto

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

Alternative Contracting Methods (ACM) usage has grown to the point where the industry has sufficient experience to provide a definitive set of best practices to both promote consistency in the nation’s procurement system and to leverage the lessons learned by early ACM adopters. The barrier to achieving this goal is that there is no uniform agreement on the definition of what constitutes a best practice. This paper proposes both an objective definition and a framework for identifying and analyzing ACM practices that have been found to be effective by peer-reviewed research to determine if a given practice deserves to ...


Seismic Behavior Of Concrete Frames With Jacketed Columns, Jose Alvarez 2017 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Seismic Behavior Of Concrete Frames With Jacketed Columns, Jose Alvarez

Doctoral Dissertations May 2014 - current

Research on jacketed reinforced concrete (RC) columns is well established and growing. The existing studies describe the ability of jackets to rehabilitate RC columns for seismic demands. The system in the studies has proven to upgrade both strength and ductility of their unretrofitted counterparts, concentrated on repairs of deficiencies, currently in columns designed with old code provisions. These deficiencies include: low shear strength, insufficient core confinement, and short lap-splices, in particular within the plastic hinge zone. Columns with these deficiencies usually have brittle failures and cannot develop displacement ductility ( ) greater than 2. Research results on columns retrofitted with jackets have ...


Investigation Of Grouted Dowel Connection For Precast Concrete Wall Construction, Douglas J. Provost-Smith 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Investigation Of Grouted Dowel Connection For Precast Concrete Wall Construction, Douglas J. Provost-Smith

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

The grouted dowel connection is a simple and cost-effective connection used in many precast concrete structural systems. The required dowel length is currently designed as a regular bar in reinforced concrete, which underestimates the bond strength, thus resulting in excessive connection lengths. Furthermore, precast wall construction continues throughout cold weather, where in-situ heating of the grout used in the grouted dowel connections is usually conducted for short periods of time. Hence, early-age exposure to subfreezing conditions may affect the quality of the grout and subsequently the bond strength of the connection, which can compromise structural integrity.

In this thesis, full-scale ...


Solar Urban Planning: Addressing Barriers And Conflicts Specific To Renewable Energy Policy And The Current Field And Practice Of Urban Planning Within The Context Of A Changing Climate, Toryl P. Hanna 2016 SIT Graduate Institute

Solar Urban Planning: Addressing Barriers And Conflicts Specific To Renewable Energy Policy And The Current Field And Practice Of Urban Planning Within The Context Of A Changing Climate, Toryl P. Hanna

Capstone Collection

The world is in a period of rapid urbanization while experiencing unprecedented rise in global temperature as a result of climate change. Questions have been raised as to how strategies for urbanization will be able to address the fetish for energy, while halting carbon emissions produced by traditional energy sources for urban inhabitants around the world. First, this paper seeks to look to cities, at the intersection of solar energy and the field of urban planning, looking into the opportunities and challenges that are currently surfacing. Conflicts and barriers in traditional urban land use patterns emerge as a topic of ...


Concentrations Of Lead In Germany's Tap Water, Kirby E. Townsend 2016 Loyola Marymount University

Concentrations Of Lead In Germany's Tap Water, Kirby E. Townsend

Research & Exhibition

Germany is known for having great tap water. However, since it is an older country, in certain homes and buildings lead piping still exists, and many people are not even aware of this. Because of these pipes, lead can seep into the tap water and have negative impacts on one’s health. This is why I want to measure concentrations of lead in tap water in different areas of Germany to see where lead may be a concern.


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