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Washington State University National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE)

TriDurLE Symposium 2022

TriDurLE 2nd Annual Symposium

The second annual TriDurLE symposium was held in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 9-11 and featured four keynote speakers, 31 presentations, 2 virtual sessions, and 15 student poster presentations from scholars and professionals worldwide who are conducting researches on transportation infrastructure.
There were more than 40 in-person attendees and 100 on-line attendees during the three-day event. The Symposium theme aligned with the TriDurLE mission of transportation infrastructure innovations for durability, sustainability, and resilience. The symposium proved valuable in promoting collaboration and sharing ongoing research that is at the forefront of the country’s infrastructure focus. 

The symposium’s four keynote speakers are from academia and industry, providing important multiple perspectives on transportation infrastructure-related issues. 

Keynote Speakers

Nenad Gucunski, Ph.D.

Title: Improving Bridge Management Through Automation of Condition Assessment by NDE Technologies and More Reliable Deterioration and Predictive Modeling
Keynote Speaker: J. David Frost, Ph.D.
Title: Transformational Innovations to Reduce Maintenance Needs and Extend Pavement Life

Keynote Speaker: Oscar R. Antommattei, P.E., F. ACI

Title: Durability and Service Life for Concrete Structures: From Standards to Practice

Keynote Presentation

Title: Resiliency of Bridge Infrastructure-Raising the Bar for the Future

Keynote Presentation


Best Presentation Awards

A panel of judges made up of TriDurLE consortium member site directors selected four student poster winners and three outstanding presentations. 

1st Place:
Isamu Yoshitake
Post-tensioning system for a carbon-fiber composite cable (CFCC) tendon with an internal anchorage of concrete

Ayumi Manawadu
Freeze-thaw durability of concrete-to-shotcrete interface bonds in tension and mode-II fracture

2nd Place:
Christian Carloni
Fatigue behavior of GFRP bars embedded in concrete under pull-out tests

Tong Qiu
Landslide Susceptibility Mapping using Physics-Guided Machine Learning (PGML): An Application to Debris Flows in Colorado Front Range

3rd Place:
Fan Yin
Novel Methods for Adding Rejuvenators in High RAP Asphalt Mixtures

Best Student Poster Awards at 2022 TriDurLE Annual Symposium
1st Place: Danning Li (Hong Kong Polytech University)
2nd Place: Chuang Chen (Washington State University)
3rd Place: Chi Cheng (Hebei University of Technology)

Symposium Presentations

Session 1 presented by Dr. Ayumi Manawadu from Washington State University: Freeze-thaw durability of concrete to shotcrete interface bonds in tension and mode-II fracture 

Session 2 presented by Dr. Hao Wang from Rutgers University: Asphalt pavement pothole repair using pre-heating method: an integrated experiment and modeling study

Session 3 presented by Dr. Mostafa Tazarv from South Dakota State University: Repairable precast bridge columns 

Session 4 presented by Dr. Linbing Wang from University of Georgia: Digital twin method for material design and infrastructure resilience 

Session 5 presented by Mr. Xiao Tan (PhD Candidate) from Stevens Institute of Technology: Improving bridge resilience and sustainability through optimizing HPFRCC

Session 6 by Dr. Tong Qiu from Penn State University: Landslide susceptibility mapping using physics-guided machine learning

Session 7 presented by Dr. Xianming Shi from Washington State University: High-strength engineered cementitious composites with nanosilica incorporated: Mechanical performance and autogenous self-healing behavior

Session 8 presented by Dr. Pierre-Philippe Beaujean from Florida Atlantic University: Poro-Elastic Modeling of Corroding Reinforced Concrete using Biot-Stoll Model Inversion and High Frequency Ultrasonic

Session 9  presented by Dr. Lin Shen from University of Hawaii at Manoa: Field Applications of Cement-free Alkali-Activated Concrete using Fly Ash, Slag, or Red Mud with Optimized Cost and Performances

Virtual Session 1 presented by Gul Agha from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: IoT for Smart Structures: using wireless sensor networks to monitor and extend lifespans of transportation infrastructure

Virtual Session 2 presented by Weina Meng from Stevens Institute of Technology: Achieving Low-Carbon Cementitious Materials with High Mechanical Properties Using CaCO3 Suspension produced by CO2 Sequestration



IACIP Best Poster Awards

Ph.D. students Hanli Wu and Anyou Zhu from the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T, received the First Place and Second Place IACIP Best Poster Awards, respectively, during the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP) Student Poster Contest at the 12th Annual IACIP Workshop (Virtual) on January 9th and 16th, 2022. Hanli Wu’s topic was “Impacts of lightweight aggregates ACEs on thermal performance in Alaska permafrost regions,” and Anyou Zhu’s topic was “Feasibility Study on Foamed Fire-Resistant Coating Materials”. Their advisors are Drs. Jenny Liu and Xiong Zhang.

Haifang Wen Named ASCE Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Haifang Wen of Washington State University, who has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries and is the nation’s oldest engineering society.

Yan Zhang wins CUTC award

Yan Zhang, a WSU Ph.D. student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, has won the 2022 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for the best Doctoral dissertation. The annual CUTC National Annual Student Awards recognize outstanding scholarship in transportation research and education. All awards come with an honorarium and award winners were recognized at the CUTC Annual Awards Ceremony, held in virtually on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Congratulations Yan!

Webinar: Modeling collapsible soil and its impact on axially loaded piles

Speaker:  Mohamad Ashour, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Civil Engineering program
Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Title: Modeling collapsible soil and its impact on axially loaded piles

Time: January 26, 12:00 PM Pacific Time

view the recording of this webinar


Forterra Resilience & Sustainability Webinar


Sustainability is key to building a brighter future for our families and our communities. What we do today affects tomorrow. This presentation covers the three pillars of sustainability, and provides principles of resilience to support our efforts to build a sustainable infrastructure. In terms of environmental sustainability, this means being conscious of our world and the environment we live in. For economic sustainability it means looking beyond this year’s budget and evaluating true cost of ownership. For societal sustainability, it means limiting delays and improving social convenience while keeping user safety a top priority. Lastly, an integral part of sustainability is ensuring that our infrastructure is resilient enough to resist and defend our communities from present and future threats. Coming from the drainage world, the presenter will offer comparisons and case studies based on storm drainage products on the market today. This presentation is based on researched performed by a task group composed of member companies of the American Concrete Pipe Association, of which Joseph Updike co-led.

About the Speaker

Joseph Updike (EIT) is a Technical Resource Engineer with Forterra, the largest precast concrete pipe manufacturer in North America. Joseph specializes in providing lunch and learns, resources, and support for DOTs, municipalities, and consultants. Additionally, this role includes speaking at universities to allow up and coming engineers a glimpse of the drainage industry, and how critical it is to our infrastructure. In his short career, Joseph has served as a co-chair for an ACPA task group on Resilience & Sustainability, and has spoken at ACPA’s Pipe School in 2020. He has served on multiple ASCE committees including the Infrastructure Resilience Division, Committee for Cold-Regions Engineering, and is currently the vice president of the Black Hills ASCE Chapter. Joseph is a December 2019 graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where he earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering. Outside of work, Joseph dedicates time to his wife, family, and church community in the Blacks Hills of South Dakota, but has also found time to explore his interests in novel and poetry writing. In 2020, Joseph won first prize in a national poetry contest, and looks forward to many other opportunities. Looking to the future, Joseph hopes to earn his PE license in Structural Engineering, and continue exploring ways to improve the world around him through engineering.

Poro-Elastic modeling and measurement of rebar corrosion and crack formation using high frequency ultrasonics

Webinar title: Poro-Elastic modeling and measurement of rebar corrosion and crack formation using high frequency ultrasonics

Speaker: Pierre-Philippe Beaujean, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Pierre-Philippe Beaujean is a Professor at the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, at Florida Atlantic University. He specializes in the field of underwater acoustics, acoustics in sediments and porous solids, signal processing, sonar design, data analysis, machine health monitoring, and vibrations control. Dr. Beaujean is an active member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).